What we do
As one of London’s leading maternity hospitals, we care for more than 6,000 mothers and babies each year. We provide all aspects of obstetric and midwifery care, from preconceptual (before conception) and antenatal (before birth) to women in labour and postnatal (after delivery).
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.
Pregnant women who are currently receiving care, who have just given birth at King's or have had a home birth with King's, as well as other healthcare professionals, can call our helpline for support or for 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. You can find out more by phoning the Maternity Helpline and speaking with one of our midwives. But before calling to find out about having your baby with King's, please check the list of postcodes on the Referral information page to see if you live in our catchment area.
For urgent advice or if you are unable to get through on the helpline, please 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 ensure that both you and your baby are well. We recommend you make a birth plan setting out 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
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
In addition, we hold some midwife clinics on a Saturday. We carry out ultrasound (nuchal) scans in the Harris Birthright Centre which is in suite 9 on the third floor of Golden Jubilee Wing.
Supervision of midwives
The quality of care midwives provide is overseen by supervisors of midwives. They not only support midwives, they also 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, who is on-call 24 hours a day.
Where to give birth
You can choose to give birth in the Nightingale Birth Centre at King’s or, if you live in the King’s catchment area, at home with the help of our community-based midwives. Your midwife or obstetrician can help you choose the right care for you and your baby.
Giving birth at King’s
Our Maternity Department is on the third and fourth floors of the Golden Jubilee Wing. The Nightingale Birth Centre is on the fourth floor. In addition to the labour rooms, there is a Maternal Assessment Unit where we can monitor any problems you are having. Operating theatres and recovery rooms are also available.
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.
Improvement works summer/autumn 2013: With more than 6,000 women giving birth King’s every year, we are improving our facilities to create more space and a “home from home” environment. We would like to apologise for any inconvenience resulting from the improvement works.
Babies who need special care are looked after in the Neonatal Unit by our specialist team.
After the birth (postnatal)
The most comfortable place for you to be after your baby is born is in your own home, where you can be together as a family. So, if everything has gone well with your birth we encourage you to go home from the labour ward within a few hours. A midwife will visit you the next day and you will be given emergency contact numbers to call if you have any worries. If you or your baby need to stay in hospital you will be transferred to one of our wards.
When you leave King’s you should have a visit from your community midwife within 24 hours. The midwife will plan visits with you over the next 10 days, so be assured that our care does not stop once you are at home. If you live outside King’s area your details will be passed on to your local community midwives who will take over your care.
Fourth floor, Golden Jubilee Wing, Denmark Hill, London, SE5 9RS
- 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
- 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.
- 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
Booking a patient at King's
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Women can self-refer by calling the Maternity Helpline on 020 3299 1380. They should not complete the GP Antenatal referral form.
For urgent referrals, fax the Antenatal Booking office on 020 3299 3796 or email email@example.com
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.
For any other queries, contact 020 3299 3246.
Please complete the relevant form and note any pre-consultation investigations required:
Key Clinical Staff
|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|