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Maternity FAQs


We understand that you will naturally have lots of questions about both the services we provide and the journey through your pregnancy.

We have answered lots of the most common ones below, but if there is still something you are not sure about, please don't hesitate to call Maternity Direct on 020 8887 4238.  Monday to Friday, 10am to 6pm our maternity triage 020 8887 3682 out of hours, weekends or bank holidays.

WHO CAN GIVE BIRTH AT NORTH MIDDLESEX HOSPITAL?

We welcome lots of expectant mums from our immediate catchmentarea of Enfield, Haringey, Barnet and Waltham Forest, as well as expectant mums from across London and further afield. Everyone is welcome at North Middlesex Hospital regardless of where you live.

WHAT IS THE CAESAREAN SECTION RATE?

Our Caesarean section rate is around 25%, which is relatively low compared to other London maternity services. We have a dedicated theatre team who cover the delivery suite 24/7, so if you do need a caesarean you will be in safe hands.

HOW LONG WILL YOU STAY IN HOSPITAL?

If you have a straightforward birth you may be able to go home shortly after. If you have an instrumental birth or caesarean section the average length of stay in hospital is one to two days.

There may also be occasions when a mother and/or her baby may require a longer stay in hospital, and this will be explained to you at that time.

Please be aware that your partner or support person is welcome to stay with you throughout your stay in North Middlesex Hospital.


WHEN ARE VISITING HOURS AND WHO CAN VISIT?


In the Delivery Suite (Labour ward)
Partners are welcome at all times but there are restrictions on the number of visitors. Only new born babies siblings can visit..Please ask the staff for more details.
On the Postnatal Ward
We have open visiting 8am to 7.30pm for family and friends, with a maximum of two visitors at a time.

In the Birth Centre

Partners are welcome at all times and newborn babies siblings can visit. 
Family and friends (maximum of two visitors) - 3pm to 7.30pm
open visiting with a maximum of two visitors at a time.

IS BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT AVAILABLE?
Yes, extensive breastfeeding support is available on the Postnatal Ward, in the Birth Centre, and via your community midwife.

WHAT SHOULD YOU BRING TO HOSPITAL WITH YOU?
We recommend you bring the following with you:

For the mother

  • Maternity notes and birth plan
  • Two or three nighties / pyjamas
  • Dressing gown / slippers
  • Panties (old / disposable)
  • Maternity sanitary pads
  • Maternity bras
  • Toiletries
  • Pillows (extra pillows for your own comfort)
  • Towel
  • Money (change for vending machines)
  • Pens
  • Snacks and refreshments

For the baby

  • Nappies
  • Three baby-grows
  • Three vests
  • Going home outfit
  • Cotton wool
  • Baby toiletries
  • Blanket for baby
  • Formula milk (ready made) if breastfeeding is not chosen
  • Ward starter kit for bottles and teats
  • Any items which will make your stay more comfortable
  • Fathers may go home to refresh themselves and may return to the unit late.
ARE INTERPRETATION SERVICES AVAILABLE? 

Yes, comprehensive interpretation services are available. You will need to make this clear at your appointment, when you book with your midwife.

WHO ARE THE KEY STAFF?

  • Julia Kitteringham – divisional director of operations
  • Miss Ashwini Kulkarni – clinical director for women's services and consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist
  • Shereen Nimmo – head of midwifery and gynaecology
  • Fiona Laird – consultant midwife for normal birth
  • Karen Griffin - professional midwifery advocate
  • Janet Pardo – modern matron for community services, birth centre, triage and maternity ward
  • Theresa Msanide – modern matron for triage, theatres and recovery
  • Carole Shibley – modern matron maternity, outpatients and gynaecology
  • Patience Sibambo, service manager for women's services
WHAT CAN I DO IF I DISAGREE WITH MY MIDWIFE?

We aim to ensure that you receive care that is right for you throughout your pregnancy and that it is of a high standard. The midwife's aim is to make you feel safe and protected throughout your pregnancy.

During your antenatal, childbirth or postnatal care, there may be situations or differences of opinion that you have been unable to resolve with the assistance of a midwife, consultant or other health workers. In these situations, the matron may be able to provide guidance and help you to make an informed decision.

To contact the matron please email

Janet Pardo - j.pardo@nhs.net
Theresa Msanide - Theresa.msanide@nhs.net
Carole Shibley- carole.shibley@nhs.net


WHERE CAN YOU GET ADDITIONAL SUPPORT?

Professional midwifery advocates (PMA)

Professional midwifery advocates are experienced, practising midwives trained to support and guide midwives to deliver the best possible care. Find out more about what they do and meet our professional midwifery advocate  Karen Griffin here.

Pregnancy widget (NHS Choices)

The widget is designed to give expectant mothers pregnancy information and advice on a week-by-week basis. It downloads onto the user's desktop and delivers mums-to-be with 24-hour advice and support as they progress through each stage of their pregnancy. Click here to go to the tool.

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