A-Z of Services

Maternity services

  • Service Contact: 020 8401 3191
  • Address: Croydon University Hospital 530 London Road, Croydon, CR7 7YE

About the service

To find out about our services, facilities and our great maternity team, please see our main maternity page here.

Overview

Croydon Health Services is the main provider of maternity care for local women and undertakes approximately 4,000 deliveries per year.

Midwives work in the hospital and in the community to provide an integrated service to women before, during and after labour. The team aims to support women to give birth where they want and how they want, taking into account their cultural and religious background along with their health status.

Antenatal care is shared between our midwives and GPs, known as ‘shared care’. If there are complications in the pregnancy then care will be shared between our midwives and obstetricians and this is known as ‘full care’.

Contact information

Maternity Services

Croydon University Hospital

530 London Road

Croydon

CR7 7YE

  • Tel - 020 8401 3191 (Neonatal)
  • Tel: Home Birth Team 020 8401 3000 ext 4420
  • Tel: Antenatal Clinic: 020 8401 3000 ext 4202
  • Tel: Birth Centre 020 8401 3169
  • Tel: Labour Ward 020 8401 3179/3180
  • Tel: Community Midwives 020 8401 3171
  • Tel: Maternity Triage 020 8404 3853
  • Fax: 020 8401 3595
     

Antenatal classes

Antenatal classes at Croydon University Hospital (Informative, Fun and Free).

Pregnancy is a very exciting time, but can be full of unanswered questions as you plan for the birth of your baby. The Croydon University Hospital (CUH) Maternity Parent Education Team offers a wide choice of evidence based antenatal classes where you can ask questions and explore your options for birth and beyond, while meeting other expectant parents. You can also have a tour of our maternity unit (according to availability) and see some of CUH midwives.

Antenatal class

Topics covered include:

  • When to attend hospital
  • What happens during labour and birth
  • Types of pain management
  • Caring for your baby and infant feeding
  • Emotions and feelings after birth
  • Role of a birth partner

General antenatal classes run every Saturday from 10am to 4pm in antenatal clinic in the Parent Education room. The classes are by appointment only. Please let your midwife know after your second scan if you would like to attend the classes and, they will book you straight away. You will find the class more useful if you attend after 34 weeks of pregnancy. If you have any problem booking onto the classes please email ch-tr.croydonantenatalclasses@nhs.net.

If you are a second time mum and do not wish to attend the classes but would like a tour of where you are going to have your baby, you can attend a drop in pregnancy information evening which is run every 1st Wednesday of the month 7pm to 8:30pm in antenatal clinic.Pregnant mother

We also offer special antenatal classes for young mothers 19 and under. These are “Monthly Birth Talks” on the Birth Centre, usually the last Thursday of the month from 12-2:30pm. Call Claire Sidley-Jenkins, Lead midwife for young parents if you need any further information on 020 8401 3000 ext 4660 / 07773 978 816 or visit “CUHYoungParents” on Facebook and Twitter.

All classes are run at Croydon University Hospital. The address is 530 London Road, Croydon, CR7 7YE. Coffee and tea with snacks will be provided but please bring coins to pay for parking if you are driving. Bring your notes with you and come along with your birth partner.

Leaflets for you to download

Antenatal Classes Leaflet 2019.pdf 2MB

Antenatal Classes Leaflet 2019 smaller file size.pdf 386KB

Antenatal Classes Leaflet 2019 printable foldable version.pdf 2MB

 

Looking forward to meeting you.

Birth centre

One of our birthing rooms

Our birth centre has a homely atmosphere with individual rooms, beanbags, baths and birthing pools.

It is the ideal place for women who want to be close to hospital services, but want a relaxed, friendly, un-clinical place to have their baby.

"The birth centre is a hidden gem” - Frankie

The centre is set up for women with uncomplicated pregnancies who are expecting a straight-forward labour and birth. Women who choose the birth centre are more likely to have a normal birth.

Croydon University Hospital’s birth centre is within the maternity unit, next door to the hospital delivery suite. The birth centre offers sensitive, individualised midwifery care to women, who are not anticipating any problems, during their labour, and give birth to their babies in a relaxed home from home environment. Women are encouraged to move around through their labour, supported by skilled midwives and their choice of birth partners.

Evidence shows that women who give birth in a relaxed, non-medical environment, supported by a dedicated midwife, require less pain relieving drugs, and are more likely to progress through labour to achieve a normal birth with little need for medical procedures and all of our staff encourage and promote natural birth.

The birth centre is staffed by an experienced team of midwives, who also work in the local community and the adjoining delivery suite. Your midwife will support you throughout your labour and is also able to recognise if further medical support is needed. In these situations your midwife may recommend transferring you next door to the delivery suite team of doctors and midwives for on-going care.

“Thank you for an absolutely wonderful experience. I felt respected, in control and capable. The facilities are superb and we loved being there.” Hannah

Birth centre facilities

Midwife Becky in the Lucina birth centre The beautiful facilities offer families a relaxed environment where you can start your journey into parenthood. There are three birthing rooms, two of which have birthing pools, and three postnatal rooms. The birthing rooms have birth pools, birthing couches, mood lighting, bean bags and floor mats, which we encourage you to use during your labour and birth if you wish. Your privacy is very important and all the birthing rooms have private en-suite bathrooms which you can use during your labour.

We encourage your family and friends to come to the birth centre to support you during this special time. There are no restrictions on visiting times as we want you to celebrate your birth with those who are close to you. Your birthing partner can also stay with you overnight after your baby is born, if you aren’t ready to go home. Your children are also welcome to visit the birth centre, but we are not able to allow them to stay overnight for safety and infection control.

After you have given birth, our midwives will support you with feeding your baby and help you with any questions you may have.

If you opt to have pain relief while giving birth, we can offer a range of options:

  • Hydrotherapy-use of water in the birthing pools
  • Active labour positions, using birthing balls, mats and bean bags
  • Gas and air (Entonox)
  • Pethidine injections
  • Massage
  • Hypnobirthing techniques supported
  • Women can also opt to bring their own TENS machine

Epidurals are available on the delivery suite if needed, however, the evidence shows that continuous support from a midwife during labour is likely to decrease the need for a woman to request an epidural for pain relief.

We have a car park and drop off zone right next to our maternity unit. Click here to find out more about getting to the hospital. The maternity unit is in the green zone.

Is the Birth Centre recommended for you?

At the start of your pregnancy the midwife will agree with you as to what type of care you would like based on your preferences and previous medical and pregnancy history.

If you have no current or previous medical problems the midwife will recommend midwifery-led care for you, as you will not need to see a hospital doctor during your pregnancy. This will be continuously reviewed with you throughout your pregnancy.

Lucina birth suite mural1 We’d recommend the birth centre for you if:

  • Have an uncomplicated pregnancy
  • Are 37-42 weeks into your pregnancy
  • Your BMI is less than 35 at the start of your pregnancy
  • You are 16-40 years of age
  • You are not anaemic (iron level is more than 90 grams/dl)
  • Your baby has developed normally and is head down
  • Your waters break and are clear in colour

If you are unsure whether having your baby in the birth centre is the best place for you please discuss with your midwife. There will be some women who may not meet all of the criteria but would still like to have their baby in the centre. In this case, speak to your midwife and we can ensure you receive the right advice to make the choice that’s safe for you.

 

Delivery suite

The delivery suite caters for women who need additional support during birth.  

The eleven rooms have ensuite facilities, bright, fresh décor, with adjustable lighting, individual temperature control and comfort cooling, to allow all women to experience as normal labour and birth as possible in a calm and comfortable atmosphere.

Each room has a computer so that midwives can update information immediately whilst maintaining patient confidentiality.  

The service is happy to offer tours of the facilities to women and GPs. 

Find our more about abour delivery suite here

 

Home birth

Women who are expecting uncomplicated pregnancies and would like to give birth at home will receive the support of a dedicated midwife from the Crocus Team.

Read more about our Crocus Team and home births here

How to refer

Women can find out more information about our maternity services, including how to self refer, in our maternity patients section.

For GP Referrals please use SunQuest Ice.

If you have any queries and concerns regarding antenatal referrals call 020 8401 3000 ext 4202.

Life as a new parent

Life as a new parent is rewarding and challenging - but you're not alone.  

We're here to support the whole family and give information and advice when you and your baby return home.

Our short film tells you all you need to know.

 

Transcript for Croydon Health Services maternity services video Care when you leave.pdf  

If you have had your baby in hospital, our midwives will look after you until you go home, and keep an eye on you and your baby for a little while. Once you’ve had your baby, one of our health visitors will be in touch to arrange a new birth visit when your baby is around two weeks of age.

Your health visitor

Your health visitor will stay with you until your child starts school, working with your GP to look after the health of you and your new baby. They can give advice on looking after your baby, feeding and any questions you may have about being a new mum. They’ll also let you know about the immunisations that are recommended for your baby, and make sure that your baby is developing as expected.

See our health visiting page for more information about this service.

Help with breastfeeding

Our infant feeding team can visit you in hospital, at home or see you in a local children’s centre or Baby Café. We’re proud to be part ofUnicefs ‘Baby Friendly Initiative’, supporting the loving bond and a vital difference to health that breastfeeding makes. You can find out more about our Breastfeeding support here

Additional support for young parents

Learning to be a parent is a new experience for everyone, but when you’re a teenager it can be especially challenging. We have a team dedicated to working with young parents, to make sure you get all of the help you need.

When you choose to have your baby with us, you’ll receive more information about each of these stages, but if you have any questions ask your GP or contact us. 

“The midwives made me feel comfortable and I could ask for anything.” Sophie

Your birth choices

Whether you’re having your first baby or a new addition to the family, you’ll have lots of questions and many choices.

This short film tells you about your birth choices 

http://youtu.be/F3xiduiKvGM

Your birth - your choice

Pregnancy is different for every woman. Whether you’re having your first baby or a new addition to the family, you’ll have lots of questions. We’re here for you. We offer parents-to-be a range of ways to get the information and support they need.

Throughout your pregnancy, your GP and our midwives and doctors will look after you together.

We’ll meet with you, make sure you know what’s going on and look after the health of you and your growing baby, with regular check ups. You can also come along to some of our special events and classes that are timed for key points in your pregnancy.

We’ll help you decide where to have your baby and also offer advice on your choices. You can choose to have your baby:

  • At home
  • In our birth centre
  • In our delivery suite

To help us tailor the care we offer to your needs, we meet with you at around 10 weeks into your pregnancy. This will be arranged by your GP, or you can refer yourself using the form on our website. On your first visit you will be asked a few questions about you and your family’s health and previous pregnancies.

We can then plan your care with you. We’ll give you information on diet and foods to avoid, lifestyle considerations like smoking and alcohol, pregnancy care services, maternity benefits, and the screening tests you could choose to have. We’ll also weigh you, measure you, take your blood pressure and test your urine. All of this helps us to get to know your health better, so we can offer you the best care. You will be offered an ultrasound scan for around 12 weeks to help determine the date you can expect to give birth, and then we’ll plan future visits.

For a first pregnancy we’ll normally plan to see you about ten times. If you’ve had children before, we usually reduce this to about seven times. These appointments can take place at the hospital, your GP surgery or one of our clinics.

Birth choices and additional support

Women who register with our maternity services can choose to have their baby at any of the following:

At home

Women who are expecting uncomplicated pregnancies and would like to give birth at home will receive the support of a dedicated midwife from the Crocus Team.

Lucina Birth Suite

Women with uncomplicated pregnancies who are expecting a straight-forward delivery but would prefer to be in a hospital environment can give birth in the Birth Centre. The centre provides midwife-led care in individual rooms, complete with bath or birthing pool, beanbags, subtle lighting and a home-like atmosphere. 

The centre has been recently refubished and is a relaxed and welcoming place to bring a new baby into the world. It is located close to other maternity facilities should a woman require adiditional support during labour.

Delivery suite

The delivery suite caters for women who need additional support during birth.  The eleven rooms have ensuite facilities, bright, fresh décor, with adjustable lighting, individual temperature control and comfort cooling, to allow all women to experience as normal labour and birth as possible in a calm and comfortable atmosphere.

Each room has a computer so that midwives can update information immediately whilst maintaining patient confidentiality.  The maternity service has provided all GP practices with information booklets for recently-pregnant women to support them in choosing their maternity care provider.

We would encourage GPs to share these booklets with women to inform their decision-making and also to signpost the short films on the Trust website, which give further information.  A wide range of information and support for women can be found at Maternity 

The service is happy to offer tours of the facilities to women and GPs.

Most women have normal labour and safe births – but if something doesn’t go according to plan then it’s reassuring to know that we have a team on-hand to help. 

Additional services

Our maternity services are supported by experienced consultant obstetricians, anaesthetists and a first-rate special care baby unit. We also have a team of specialist paediatricians to look after your baby if they need on-going support.

We work closely with neighbouring trusts, so if you need very specialist care that we can’t offer, we can quickly and safely get you to the service you need.

In our team we have midwives with different areas of expertise, to ensure everyone has a safe birth.

This includes:

  • Specialist support for diabetic mums
  • Specialist support for mums who are HIV+ or have Hepatitis B or other conditions
  • Specialist support for women who have caesarean births (the ‘vbac’ programme)
  • Specialist support for women who may experience bereavement

Advice, support and raising concerns

Your midwife should always be your first point of contact for discussions about your care. However, if you would like to speak with someone other than your own midwife, or you are concerned about any element of our service our Supervisors of Midwives are be happy to help.

Contact the team

Our team are trained to give you the very best care

Midwives, obstetricians, nurses, health care assistants and our support team all work together to make sure you have the very best experience we can offer.

If you are unsure who to speak to please contact our main switchboard: 020 8401 3000

 

Departments and wards

Early pregnancy assessment unit:  020 8401 3985

Antenatal booking centre: 020 8401 3000 ext 4202; Email: ch-tr.ancreferral@nhs.net

Antenatal clinic Midwives: 020 8401 3459/3470

Birth Centre: 020 8401 3169

Labour Ward: 020 8401 3179/3180  

Hope Ward: 0208 401 3000 ext 3176

Maternity Triage: 0208 401 3853

 

Community Midwives

Central team:

ch-tr.centralmidwives@nhs.net

North team:

ch-tr.northmidwives@nhs.net

West team:

ch-tr.westeammidwives@nhs.net

Southeast team:

ch-tr.southmidwives@nhs.net

 

Visitor information

The Antenatal unit is in the yellow zone and the Maternity Unit in the green zone. The closest parking to both is Car Park 2, which is right next to the Maternity Unit, where there is also a drop off zone. Only children of patients are allowed on the wards and only during normal visiting times.

Delivery Suite - 2 birthing partners allowed - no general visiting

Birth centre -  2 birthing partners allowed - no general visiting

Mary ward  - Partners open visiting. Visitors 15:00 -20:00

Hope ward- Partners open visiting. Visitors 15:00 -20:00 

 

Team members

 

Director of Midwifery

Manjit Roseghini

Email: manjit.roseghini@nhs.net

 

Deputy Head of Midwifery

Lead for Complex Care

Karen Rooke

020 8401 3000 ext 4008

Email: Karen.rooke@nhs.net 

 

Clinical Midwifery Manager

Labour Ward, Triage and Obstetric Theatres

Chloe Bruney

020 8401 3000 ext 3168

Email: chloe.bruney@nhs.net

 

Maternity Matron

Mary (Postnatal), Hope (Antenatal) Ward and Special Care Baby Unit

Lena Karam

020 8401 3000, Extn: 4851

Email lenalaurice.karam@nhs.net

 

Consultant Midwife and lead for the Birth Centre 

Gina Short

020 840 3000 ext 4017

Email gina.short@nhs.net

 

Home birth and community services

Indigo Leonard-Chambers

Interim Community Midwifery Manager

0208 401 3000 ext 4653

Email I.Leonard-Chambers@nhs.net

 

Named Midwife for Safeguarding Children and Clinical Midwifery Manager

Dona Thomas

020 8401 3000 ext 4660

Email dona.thomas@nhs.net

 

Advice, support and raising concerns

Your midwife should always be your first point of contact for discussions about your care.  

You may also choose to speak to our PALs and complaints team.

 

Consultants

Contact Us
Please call 020 8401 3983 or email CH-TR.obsgynaequeries@nhs.net

Miss Bini Ajay
Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist

Miss Maha Alkatib
Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist

Miss Heather Allen-Coward
Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist

Miss Rosol Hamid
Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist

Mr Laxmikant Ganjewar     
Consultant

Dr Kannappar Jeyanthan
Locum Consultant

Mr Ahmed Kamel
Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Mr Fayez Naguib
Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist

Mr Vivek Nama
Consultant Gynaecologist

Mr Emmanuel Ofuasia
Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist

Mr David Rose
Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist

Mr Abdul Sultan
Consultant Obstetrician and Urogynaecologist

Miss Ranee Thakar
Consultant Obstetrician and Urogynaecologist

Mr Gregory Ward
Consultant

Miss Nalini Sajitha    
Trust Specialty Registrar

Miss Samar Shoeir        
Trust Specialist Registrar