It’s one of the best in the NHS. Click on the play button below for a video tour inside the £21 million unit with our former head of midwifery, consultant midwife, Fiona Laird.
94% of our mums recommend our maternity service to their friends and family. See the our services pages of this website for detailed information about our maternity and community midwifery services.
If you’d like to see the new unit for yourself contact our new head of midwifery, Meredith Deane, or call the award-winning midwifery team on 020 8887 2494.
Our new maternity unit's first baby
Little Oliver Suda made history on 21 November 2013 when he became the first baby to be born at the hospital's brand new maternity unit.
Weighing in at 8lbs and 6oz, Oliver is pictured with his proud mum, Dita, and delighted dad, Tomas, as they relax after the four hour labour in one of the unit’s state-of-the-art new birthing rooms.
The maternity unit is part of an £80 million expansion at the hospital and Oliver is the first of an extra 1,800 babies a year expected to be delivered at the hospital, bringing the total number of births to 5,500.
Mum Dita, from Enfield, said: “I do not have the words to describe this. This has been an unbelievable experience. I am so lucky to have given birth here. It is like I have been on holiday.
“It has been an amazing experience. The midwives were so wonderful and I have my beautiful little boy with me in this amazing room. My daughter was born in the old hospital and that was a lovely experience but this is incredible. We are all so happy.”
Oliver was the couple’s third child, with sister, Frederica, born at the hospital’s old maternity unit in 2011.
Their first child, Tadeas, was born while the couple were living in America.
Harvard-educated Tomas, who now works in the City, said: “We had the best health insurance around and went to the best hospital in Boston to have our first child and this experience here at the North Mid was comprehensively better
“We would recommend anyone to come here and have their baby. This is the best hospital around and we are overwhelmed by what we have experienced in this new maternity unit. It has been perfect – our little boy has great timing!”
North Mid’s midwifery team recently are currently Royal College of Midwives midwifery team of the year and they are delighted with the new maternity unit – and with baby Oliver.
Former head of midwifery, consultant midwife Fiona Laird, who helped deliver little Oliver with matron for the community Janet Pardo, said: “It was a real privilege to deliver the first baby at our birth centre in our fantastic new maternity unit, with Janet.
“Dita laboured beautifully in the pool, supported by her husband Tomas, using gas and air, and we delivered a beautiful, healthy boy. It was simply perfect.”
The new unit is a state-of-the-art facility which includes:
- an eight bed midwife led birth centre with four birthing pools
- expanded consultant led inpatient services, with increased senior doctor presence
- a 17-bed delivery suite
- two operating theatres with recovery suites and high dependency car facilities
- 18 neonatal cots rising to 28
- six bed maternity day unit
- dedicated maternity triage area
Fiona added: “This is a fantastic building which will see mothers giving birth in such a wonderful, warm and caring environment. It is great place for staff to work and a great place for women and their partners to come and share the joy of the birthing experience.”
The new unit has also been given the seal of approval by local GPs, who toured the building two days ahead of its opening.
Dr Marina Dalziel of Westbury Medical Centre, Tottenham said: “It’s really impressive to see how much the hospital has changed. The new maternity unit buildings and facilities are magnificent.
“What also struck me is the enthusiasm of the hospital’s staff – the doctors, midwives and everyone involved. North Mid should be really proud of what it’s achieving for local people.”
Dr Louisa Pavli of Freezywater Primary Care Centre, Enfield, said: “The new maternity unit is really impressive. I am looking forward to referring my mums-to-be to deliver there.”