Midwives available from bump to baby

Waltham Forest has been chosen by the NHS as one of a limited number of places to develop services that give women more choice in their maternity care. 

The Neighbourhood Midwives service is being delivered in Waltham Forest by an organisation called Neighbourhood Midwives, in partnership with NHS Waltham Forest Clinical Commissioning Group, Barts Health NHS Trust and Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Initially a two-year pilot service in Waltham Forest, if successful, it’s hoped the services will continue to be available as recommended in the national maternity review. 

Neighbourhood Midwives are a social enterprise offering women continuity of care as well as a more personalised experience. 

Annie Francis, Chief Executive of Neighbourhood Midwives Ltd said: “We are excited to be launching our midwifery service in the Waltham Forest area, working closely with our local partners to bring more choice for women and their families in line with the recommendations of the 2016 Maternity Review.” 

Those signing up to the service will receive the same two midwives throughout their pregnancy, childbirth and up to six weeks after the birth, any day, any time. This includes, midwifery care, booking appointments, blood tests, delivery of your baby and additional advice such as breastfeeding.

Mums-to-be living in Waltham Forest who are having a straightforward pregnancy can self-refer to the Neighbourhood Midwives service by calling 020 8874 6624, or by registering on their website at nhs.neighbourhoodmidwives.org.uk Alternatively they can ask their GP. 

Kate Brintworth, Head of Maternity Commissioning North East London said: “This is an important step forward in offering women greater choice about maternity care in a really exciting and innovative way.  Being a pioneer site has supported us to think differently about the needs of women in Waltham Forest and to work collaboratively with our local NHS services to ensure women have the best possible experience of care for them and their families.”