Our birth centre is ideal for women who want to experience the birth of their baby with one-to-one support from a midwife in the comfort of an en-suite room.
Care is individually tailored to your needs and we offer a range of specialist equipment including birthing pools, mats, bean bags, stools and balls. Birthing pools are available in every room for a water birth or to help you feel comfortable during labour. Labouring and giving birth in water can help women to relax, provide support to move around easily and relieve pain.
We also encourage and support the use of active birth techniques, hypnobirthing and acupuncture to help you have a normal birth without medical interventions.
Our birth centre offers:
While you are with us we can answer any questions you might have and support you with breastfeeding (if you choose to do this) and caring for your baby.
When you go home you are transferred to the care of our community midwives.
The five en-suite rooms in our birth centre have been designed to provide you and your family with a comfortable, relaxing and calm environment to have your baby.
Our rooms are decorated to a high standard - like boutique hotel rooms - and have:
An active birth involves keeping mobile during labour and using various techniques to remain comfortable at home for as long as possible, manage pain and encourage your baby into the right position for birth.
The benefits of an active birth can include a shorter labour and reduced need for pain relief.
Techniques you can use include:
If you choose to have your baby in our birth centre we recommend you attend our active birth class where we cover techniques, what to expect in our birth centre, water and land birth, and complementary therapies such as hypnobirthing and acupuncture.
You can find out more about this class on our antenatal classes page or by speaking to your midwife.
Women who choose our birth centre have a range of pain relief therapies available to them including:
Our birth centre is located one floor below the labour ward at The Whittington Hospital. If at any point during your labour or birth you require the assistance of our obstetric medical team, they are immediately available. Your midwife will discuss with you the option of being transferred to the labour ward if she feels this is appropriate.
Some of the common reasons to transfer to our labour ward include:
Our birth centre is suitable for healthy women who have had a straightforward pregnancy and want to have a normal labour and birth. Your midwife will discuss all of your birth options with you.
Birth centre, Level 2, Kenwood Wing, The Whittington Hospital, London N19 5NF
Birth Centre team leader
020 7288 3990 or 020 7288 3991