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.

Neighbourhood Midwives, the pioneering midwifery service commissioned to increase choice and continuity of care in Waltham Forest  closed on 31 January 2019 and so is no longer able to accept new women into the borough’s pilot maternity care programme.

NHS Waltham Forest Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has been and continues to work with Neighbourhood Midwives, Whipps Cross Hospital and Homerton Hospital to ensure that the women affected, and their families, continue to receive personal and safe maternity care in Waltham Forest.

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