Hospital birth centre

For specialist obstetric, medical and midwifery care.

If you or your baby need specialist care during labour, or you plan to have an epidural during labour, the Hospital Birth Centre (Labour Ward) is the safest birth setting for you.

Our Hospital Birth Centre is led by a team of obstetricians and includes midwives, maternity support workers, anaesthetists, neonatologists and specialist theatre staff. Other clinical specialists and allied health professionals such as physiotherapists and pharmacists also visit the birth centre as needed.

About the hospital birth centre

Maternity birth centre

Our centre consists of: 

  • a three-bed ‘induction of labour’ suite

  • 13 single, en-suite labour and birth rooms

  • a three-bed ‘recovery’ room for care following a caesarean or other surgical birth
  • a three-bed high dependency unit
  • two dedicated specialist obstetric theatres
  • two dedicated rooms on the SANDS suite for women or couples who require more specialist care when experiencing a loss in pregnancy.

Visiting hours

Maternity birth centreWe are happy to welcome one or two named birthing partners to support you during labour and birth. If you feel you need additional support (including your own doula), we will do our best to facilitate this following discussion.

Occasionally, such as in an emergency, it may become necessary to ask any additional supporter(s) to wait outside the labour and birth room. Following the birth, you will usually be transferred to the Postnatal Ward where family members and friends can visit you and your baby.

To reduce the risk of infection, we do not allow children under the age of 16 in the birth centres unless they are your own children. For more information, see our visiting hours page.

Visitors are welcome to bring flowers into the hospital birth centre. This is the case for all rooms except for the high dependency unit, where flowers could pose an infection risk to very unwell women.

If you are unsure, please ask the birth centre midwives.

 

Are you in labour?

If you think you're in labour contact your midwife or call us on 020 7188 2975.

We will give you advice on when to come in.

How to find us

Hospital birth centre
(labour ward)
St Thomas' Hospital
7th floor, North Wing
Westminster Bridge Rd
London
SE1 7EH

What to expect

Find out about labour rooms and facilities at the hospital birth centre.

Your options for coping with pain in labour.