Maternity care

Waltham Forest commissions quality Maternity Services to provide the full range of antenatal, delivery and postnatal care for women and their families. Services include scheduled and unscheduled care, inpatient, outpatient, community and home based services.

Our local maternity units are at Whipps Cross Hospital, and Homerton University Hospital. Our vision is for Waltham Forest maternity services to support the transition from pregnancy to family life with a quality service that is woman- and family-centred, and reflects local needs and priorities. And our aim is for maternity care provision to be flexible, appropriate and accessible to all women.

We are committed to including user views in monitoring and developing the quality of the services provided. Accordingly the Maternity Voices Partnership, a forum for maternity service users, providers and commissioners of maternity services, meet regularly to ensure services meet the needs of local women, parents and families.

If you would like to get involved in Maternity Voices Partnership, please click here.

Maternity Pioneer

Under the pioneer programme, local health organisations in east London are working with NHS England to develop and test new approaches for improving maternity care, and promote their national adoption.

Some of the work includes setting up a helpline, providing more access to local information and making contact with women at each stage of pregnancy to offer advice and support.

It’s also included the introduction of Neighbourhood Midwives, increasing maternity choices for women. Launched in November 2016 as a two-year pilot, which has been extended for a year, this service has received higher than average satisfaction levels and full details of this feedback can be read in Neighbourhood Midwives – A report on a survey of the experiences of the first 100 women to use the service.

The maternity pioneer scheme is aligned with the local Transforming Services Together (TST) programme, which aims to improve the local health and social care economy in Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest.

Care Quality Commission

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) provides free reports on maternity services. You can find out more at