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Community midwifery


Contact location

  • St Thomas' Hospital
    care of community administration office
    6th floor, North Wing
    Westminster Bridge Road
    London SE1 7EH

  • Tel: 020 7188 6863 / 2735

Community midwives work in the community, based in community hubs. The midwives look after you and your baby, usually for up to 10 days after you have given birth and are back at home. The first appointment after you give birth will be a home visit, with later appointments booked at your local community hub. Health visitors usually take over your care from around day 10, but this can be earlier if required. If you need extra support, the community midwives may visit for up to 28 days after you have given birth.

All women are offered a choice of birth in hospital or at home.

Community midwifery teams

The community midwives offer two models of care: traditional and caseload.

Traditional team

Midwives in the traditional teams offer antenatal (before birth) and postnatal (after birth) care to women in a defined area, Monday to Saturday, 9am to 5pm. The areas they cover are:

  • Tulip team (postcodes: SE1, SE5, SE11, SE17, SW8, SW9)
  • Bluebell team (postcodes: SE1, SE8, SE14, SE16)
  • Rose team (postcodes: SW2, SW4, SW8, SW9, SW12, SW16)

Caseload team

Each caseload team consists of 6 midwives. Caseload midwives work in pairs or as a team to provide care before, during and after birth, including home births. The teams cover the following areas:

All caseload teams can be emailed if you would like to request a home birth. Please choose the caseload team within the postcodes listed. We no longer have a specific home birth team.

Find out more about our home birth service.

Integrated caseload team

These teams offer care before, during and after birth, but do not provide a home birth service. 

Antenatal and postnatal clinics

Antenatal (before birth) and postnatal (after birth) clinics take place in:

  • Mawbey Borough Health Centre, 39 Wilcox Close SW8 2UD, Monday to Saturday
  • Clapham Manor Children's Centre, 86 Clapham Manor Street, SW4 6EB, Monday to Saturday
  • Waldron Health Centre, Suite 4 Waldron health Centre, Amersham Vale London SE14 6LD, Monday to Saturday
  • Artesian Health Centre, 138 Grange Road, London SE1 3GF, Monday to Thursday, and Saturdays
  • Bermondsey Health Centre, 108 Grange Road, London SE1 3BW, Fridays
  • Aylesbury Health Centre, Floor 1 Taplow House, Thurlow Street London SE17 2UN, Monday to Saturday
  • Gracefield Gardens Health Centre, 2-8 Gracefield gardens, London SW16 2ST, Monday to Saturday
  • Surrey Docks Health Centre, 12-13 Blondin Way, off Downton Road, London SE16 6AE, Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays
  • Mary Seacole House, 89 Clapham High Street, SW4 7DB, Monday to Friday
  • Liz Atkinson Children's Centre, Mostyn Road, SW9, Monday to Friday

Please note that if you give birth at St Thomas' Hospital and live outside the catchment area you will be cared for by your local community midwifery team when you are home.

Consultants working in the community

The community midwifery service is led by midwives. However, a number of consultants run antenatal clinics at St Thomas' Hospital. Visit the antenatal clinic page for more information.