Providing the very best care for you and your baby
We provide personalised, high-quality maternal healthcare to give pregnant women and their babies the very best start in their lives together.
Our highly-skilled doctors, gynaecologists and midwives at Marie Stopes’ health facilities will support you from early pregnancy, through to a safe and positive birth and the first few weeks of your baby’s life.
The services we offer include:
From the early weeks of pregnancy, our maternity services team will help keep you and your baby well and healthy.
You will have frequent check-ups, screenings and exams at one of our health facilities.
You’ll also be given advice on how to look after yourself, information on what to expect at each stage of pregnancy and support preparing for a positive birth. We will prescribe vitamins and minerals, and any medication you might need to keep you both well.
At your first appointment, we’ll take your full medical history, and test and treat any infections or conditions, such as .
After this, your care will be tailored to you and your baby’s needs but each of your appointments will include:
- an ultrasound so we can see your baby is doing well
- a check of your baby’s heartbeat
- a check of your physical and mental health
- continued testing for any infections or conditions
- advice on looking out for signs of complications at each stage of pregnancy
During the final weeks of your pregnancy, we will discuss your hopes for your birth and help you create a birth plan, including your preferences about pain relief and who you want as your birth partner.
Labour and delivery care
When it’s time for your baby to be born, we will focus on making it the safest and most positive experience for you both.
Our maternity centres have everything you need, from experienced birth attendants and emergency care to private space for precious bonding time with your newborn and help with . If you need to get to us quickly, we can also provide an ambulance service.
Whether you have a caesarean section or vaginal delivery, we’ll make sure you’re involved in every decision about your labour, including what pain relief you choose to have. We’ll also involve your birth partner in discussions so they can be the best support to you.
Close delivery care means you and your baby will be monitored throughout labour and birth. Our 24/7 emergency rooms mean we can quickly identify and treat any issues. And if any complications happen, for example you need a blood transfusion or your baby needs special care, you’re in the best place.
We’ll guide you through birth and once your baby is safely born, we will give you both a complete health check and for tuberculosis and polio. Before you take them home, you’ll be given all the advice and help you need on looking after your baby.
We’ll carry on supporting you and your baby after birth
You’ll see us a few days after your baby is born, between 1 to 2 weeks afterwards, and when your baby is 6 weeks old. We’ll continue to help with breastfeeding and make sure you’re both thriving.
At each appointment, we will:
- check that you’re recovering well and treat any complications
- give you advice on your physical and mental health, including guidance on nutrition and healthy eating, adjusting to life as a parent and
- weigh your baby and check their temperature
You can talk to us about any worries you have about yourself or your baby and we’ll invite you to a postnatal group to meet other new mums.
And if you or your baby need any specialist treatment, we will refer you to the right .