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About our Midwife-led care

The complete midwife-led delivery (MLD) option at The Portland can be accessed from 10, 20 or 30 weeks during your pregnancy. This option includes all antenatal appointments, ultrasound scans, routinely-required blood tests, midwife-led birth and the first 24 hours stay from admission to hospital.

Our midwives are available 24 hours a day for advice throughout your pregnancy, and within the package you will have a consultation with one of our leading consultant obstetricians who can answer any specific questions you may have.

 

When the exciting time arrives for your baby to be born, you will be guided through labour and birth by a member of the MLD team. If during your labour or birth an obstetrician is required, rest assured your named consultant will immediately become involved to ensure the safe delivery of your baby and both of your wellbeings.

Following birth, you will be cared for in a private room by a midwife who will be on hand to provide you with invaluable support and advice.

Ellie and Anna Midwife Podcast

Podcast - Things only a midwife can tell you 

As part of HCA UK's Health: Fact vs Fiction podcast series with Anna Richardson, Ellie Cockburn, midwife at The Portland Hospital, discusses all aspects of having a baby, the choices available and how your midwife supports and works with you to help develop the birthing experience you want.


Listen to our Things only a midwife can tell you podcast

Three simple steps to midwife-led care

Am I eligible for midwife-led delivery?

At The Portland Hospital there is an eligibility criteria for booking care  for mothers-to-be under the Midwifery Led Team. Each woman will be risk assessed throughout the antenatal period, labour and birth and referred to their named Midwife Led Delivery (MLD) consultant should risk factors develop during any of these stages.

The following criteria has been developed with reference to nationally agreed NICE guidelines to ensure the safety of both mother and baby.

Who can book with MLD?

  • Singleton pregnancy
  • Aged between 18-39 years
  • Can be Group B Strep Positive and receive IV Intravenous Antibiotics
  • Cephalic presentation
  • BMI between 18.0-30.0
  • Women with a maximum of 3 previous births >24 weeks’ gestation
  • Women with an uncomplicated current and previous pregnancy/ies
  • Gestation no greater than 32 weeks at booking for overseas patients
  • Gestation no greater than 36 weeks at booking for NHS patients with complete records of full AN care
  • Primary well controlled Hypothyroidism accepted
  • Please be aware IVF and assisted conception pregnancies are unable to be accepted on the MLD pathway

Please note that eligibility for the midwife-led care package is at the discretion of the midwife-led team to ensure the well-being of mother and baby.

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Meet and greet

Our pregnancy 'Meet and greet' service gives you and your partner the opportunity to talk to one of our midwives and find out more about what options you have for your midwife-led maternity care.

To book an appointment, please call the Midwife-Led Outpatient Service on 0207 390 6344 between 9am and 4pm.  

Contact us

Want to learn more about our midwife-led delivery service or have questions before you book? Contact our maternity enquiry line on:

0207 390 6068
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