Maternity

What we do

We are one of London’s leading maternity hospitals and care for more than 6,000 mothers and babies each year. We provide all aspects of obstetric and midwifery care, from before conception and before birth (antenatal) to birth and after delivery (postnatal).

Our expert team of midwives and doctors works hard to give you the care and support you need to have a safe and satisfying birth. Every woman has her own ideas about how she would like her baby to be born – whether at home or in hospital – and we do our best to help you to achieve this.

Find out more about our facilities and the care we provide by viewing our Guide to King's Maternity Services.

Maternity helpline
Pregnant women who are currently receiving care, who have just given birth at King's or have had a home birth with King's can call our helpline for support or non-urgent information.
Tel 020 3299 1380, Monday to Friday, 9am-1pm and 2-5pm

Are you pregnant and want to have your baby with King's?
You do not have to wait to see your GP before contacting us. In many cases, we can see you within a week of your phone call. Check the list of postcodes on the 'Referring to this service' tab on this page to see if you live in our catchment area, then call the Maternity Helpline to speak with one of our midwives.

Urgent advice
For urgent advice, or if you are unable to get through on the helpline, call the Nightingale Birth Centre.

Antenatal care (before the birth)
Your antenatal care will be provided by a hospital- or community-based midwife or by your GP or obstetrician. During your pregnancy they will see you regularly to make sure that both you and your baby are well. We recommend you make a birth plan with your wishes for labour and birth. Your midwife can help you with this.

The hospital-based midwife and consultant-led clinics are held Monday to Friday in:

  • Suite 8, third floor, Golden Jubilee Wing
  • Midwives' House, Coldharbour Lane

We also hold some midwife clinics on a Saturday.

Your appointment letter will tell you where to go for your appointment. You can also find advice on where to go at Getting around King's.

You have ultrasound (nuchal) scans in the Harris Birthright Centre (suite 9, third floor, Golden Jubilee Wing).

Supervision of midwives
The quality of care our midwives provide is overseen by supervisors of midwives. They support midwives, promote safe practice and help pregnant mums, acting as an advocate and advising on things like care choices and concerns.

If you want advice or support, or would like to discuss any concerns you may have about the maternity care we provide, please call King’s main switchboard on 020 3299 9000 and ask for the supervisor of midwives. They are on-call 24 hours a day.

Where to give birth
You can choose to give birth:

  • in the Nightingale Birth Centre at King’s
  • at home with the help of our community-based midwives, if you live in King’s catchment area.

Giving birth at King’s
Our newly expanded Maternity Department is on the third and fourth floors of the Golden Jubilee Wing and includes the Nightingale Birth Centre.

Our facilities include: 10 labour rooms; a Maternal Assessment Unit; operating theatres; recovery rooms; and a high dependency unit (HDU). There are also two midwifery-led labour rooms (see the leaflet below), each with a birthing pool and their own shower and toilet, where we have created a ‘home from home’ feel for mums.

Waterbirths: Find out more at our twice monthly drop-in sessions held on the first and third Tuesday of the month. Meet at the Nightingale Birth Centre reception desk at 6.30pm. No need to book.

Neonatal Unit
Babies who need special care are looked after in the Neonatal Unit by our specialist team.

After the birth (postnatal)
If everything has gone well we encourage you to go home within a few hours. We will give you emergency contact numbers to call if you have any worries. If you or your baby needs to stay in hospital you will be transferred to one of our wards.

Going home
Our care does not stop once you are at home. When you leave King’s you should have a visit from your community midwife within 24 hours. They will plan visits with you over the next 10 days. If you live outside King’s area your details will be passed to your local community midwives who will take over your care.

Get involved
If you'd like to help us improve our maternity care and facilities, join the Maternity Services Liaison Committee (MSLC).

Location

Fourth floor, Golden Jubilee Wing, Denmark Hill, London, SE5 9RS

Contact Details

  • Main Reception: +44 (0)20 3299 3246
  • Harris Birthright Centre: +44 (0)20 3299 3246
  • Infant Feeding Co-ordinator: +44 (0)20 3299 3833
  • King's Breastfeeding Message Line: +44 (0)20 3299 4321
  • Maternity helpline: +44 (0)20 3299 1380
  • Neonatal Unit: +44 (0)20 3299 3553
  • Nightingale Birth Centre: +44 (0)20 3299 3222

Patient Information Leaflets

Conditions we treat

We offer a full range of care, including:

  • midwife booking clinics
  • follow-up clinics led by midwives
  • consultant-led clinics
  • scanning
  • care for women with complications
  • care for women with mental health issues
  • care for women with substance misuse problems
  • a home birth service.

We encourage antenatal care to be based in the community where possible. Hospital-based midwife and consultant-led clinics are held Monday to Friday in Suite 8, 3rd floor, Golden Jubilee Wing and the Midwives' House on Coldharbour Lane. Some midwife clinics are also held on a Saturday.

Nuchal scanning takes place in the Harris Birthright Centre. Please see the booking information below before requesting a booking appointment.

If the woman has been booked in the community and a nuchal scan is required, please send the request using the Antenatal Booking form, stating which community midwifery team the women is booked under.

Main contacts

  • Antenatal clinic reception/appointments, tel 020 3299 3246
  • Antenatal booking and nuchal scan appointments, tel 020 3299 8131
  • Midwives Office, tel 020 3299 3246, option 2

King's Maternity Service catchment area

This service is offered to women living in the following postcodes in Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham:

  • SW2, SW4, SW8, SW9, SW16
  • SE1, SE4, SE5, SE11, SE14, SE15, SE16, SE17, SE19
  • SE21, SE22, SE23, SE24, SE25, SE26, SE27
  • CR7

Booking a patient at King's

Routine Referrals

GPs can refer for all clinics using the referral form at the bottom of the page. These should be either faxed to 020 3299 3796 or emailed to kch-tr.antenatalreferral@nhs.uk

Women can self-refer by calling the Maternity Helpline on 020 3299 1380. They should not complete the GP Antenatal referral form.

Emergency Referrals

For urgent referrals, fax the Antenatal Booking office on 020 3299 3796 or email kch-tr.antenatalreferral@nhs.uk

You can also telephone the office on 020 3299 3246 to confirm receipt and an expected appointment date if required, though the administration staff may need to liaise with the midwives before they can confirm a date.

If there is a suspected problem with the pregnancy and the women is:

  • less than 16 weeks pregnant, refer the women to the Early Pregnancy And Gynaecology Assessment Unit (EPAGAU)
  • 16 weeks or more pregnant, refer to the Maternal Assessment Unit (MAU). Referrals for MAU can be self-referral, or made by the GP or midwife.

In an emergency, please refer the patient straight to the Emergency Department.

Other Queries

For any other queries, contact 020 3299 3246.

Referral Forms

Please complete the relevant form and note any pre-consultation investigations required:

Key Clinical Staff

Name Job Title
Ms Teresa Arias Consultant Midwife
Ms Kate Brintworth Matron Community & Antenatal Services
Mr Anthony Davies Consultant
Mr William Dennes Consultant Obstetrician, Specialist in Foetal Medicine
Miss Asha Jain Locum consultant obstetrician
Miss Jemma Johns Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
Dr Nick Kametas Consultant in Maternal-Foetal Medicine and Obstetrics
Mr Michael Marsh Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
Dr Leonie Penna Consultant in Obstetrics and Foetal medicine
Dr Devi Subramanian Consultant in Obstetrics and Foetal Medicine
Mr Rajesh Varma Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
Ms Cathy Walton Consultant Midwife