Maternity Unit, Basildon University Hospital,
Nethermayne, Basildon, Essex, SS16 5NL

Opening times
Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week

 Telephone

Who the service is for

 Women during pregnancy and birth.

About the service

The maternity unit offers a comprehensive range of services including:

  • Mulberry assessment centre
  • prenatal diagnostic screening
  • antenatal care services
  • perinatal mental health and counselling service
  • parent-craft education sessions and tours of the maternity unit
  • midwife-led birthing unit, including waterbirth facilities
  • fully-equipped delivery suite
  • birthing at home support
  • infant feeding support services

View our maternity videos below:

tour-of-maternity-unitTour of maternity unit at Basildon Hospital

 

 

before-you-have-your-babyBefore you have your baby

 

 

birth-when-baby-is-bornWhen your baby is born

 

 

after-youve-had-your-babyAfter you've had your baby

 

 

 

 Additional information

Maternity Unit, Basildon University Hospital,
Nethermayne, Basildon, Essex, SS16 5NL

Opening times
Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week

 Telephone

Who the service is for

 Women during pregnancy and birth.

About the service

The maternity unit offers a comprehensive range of services including:

  • Mulberry assessment centre
  • prenatal diagnostic screening
  • antenatal care services
  • perinatal mental health and counselling service
  • parent-craft education sessions and tours of the maternity unit
  • midwife-led birthing unit, including waterbirth facilities
  • fully-equipped delivery suite
  • birthing at home support
  • infant feeding support services

View our maternity videos below:

tour-of-maternity-unitTour of maternity unit at Basildon Hospital

 

 

before-you-have-your-babyBefore you have your baby

 

 

birth-when-baby-is-bornWhen your baby is born

 

 

after-youve-had-your-babyAfter you've had your baby

 

 

 

 Additional information

Antenatal care

 

Antenatal care

Women may be referred to Basildon University Hospital by their GP, or they may refer themselves through maternity direct (see section below).

 Women who are considered to have a low risk pregnancy will receive antenatal care in the community with a community midwife. Women considered to be at high risk will receive antenatal care at the hospital under the supervision of their named obstetric consultant.

Women diagnosed with an endocrine condition e.g. diabetes or a thyroid condition, will receive care throughout their pregnancy from a specialist team including a consultant obstetrician, a consultant specialising in endocrine abnormalities, diabetic nurse specialists, and specialist midwives.

  • Ultrasound scans
    Two routine scans are offered – one at approximately 12 weeks for screening purposes. The second ultrasound scan is between 18 and 22 weeks and is a detailed scan to assess your baby's condition and wellbeing.

maternity ultrasound

Birthing options

Birthing options

The maternity unit at Basildon University Hospital offers women the following birthing options:

Home birth

Whether you can have a home birth depends on your individual circumstances. You can discuss the option of having a home birth with the community midwife at your booking appointment.

The decision can be made further-on in your pregnancy, but this needs to be discussed with the midwife by 36 weeks of pregnancy.

Midwife-led birthing unit

 If you have a problem-free pregnancy and are expected to have a problem-free labour, the midwife-led birthing unit provides a more homely setting for the birth of your baby.

 Run by experienced midwives specialising in natural labour and birth the midwife-led birthing unit provides: 

  • a calm and peaceful environment
  • water birth pool – which can be used for pain relief
  • birthing balls, floor mats
  • pain management options including gas and air, diamorphine injection, pethidine
  • immediate access to specialist services, in maternity unit, if needed
  • discharge within  4 – 24 hours of the birth

 The midwife-led birthing unit is located on Willow Suite.

Labour ward / delivery suite

The labour ward offers a delivery suite for women with more complex labours.

Run by experienced midwives, obstetricians and anaesthetists skilled in promoting normality when dealing with more complex labours, the labour ward offers: 

  • up-to-date high-tech equipment
  • pain management options including gas and air, diamorphine injection, pethidine, mobile epidural (provides pain relief with less numbness or heavy-legged feeling experienced during a full epidural)
  •  immediate access to specialists in maternity care

Postnatal care

 Postnatal care

Experienced midwives and support staff will provide your care following the birth of your baby, including:

  • support with infant feeding
  • support for baby care needs  and reducing the risk of cot death etc.
  • information on postnatal care needs (e.g. postnatal exercises, family planning, vaginal discharge)

Maternity Direct

Maternity Direct

If you have a positive pregnancy test and wish to have your baby at Basildon University Hospital, you can now contact a midwife direct without having to see your GP first.

For further information, please see our Maternity Direct page.

Birth Afterthoughts

Birth Afterthoughts

If you have given birth at Basildon University Hospital and have any unanswered questions, please contact our Birth Afterthoughts midwife.

For further information, please see our Birth Afterthoughts page.

Feeding Together

Feeding Together

We have two Specialist Midwives for Infant Feeding - Lisette Harris and Geraldine Purver. They can be contacted on 01268 524900 ext 8830,  9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday (answerphone service out of hours).

For further information, please see our Feeding together page.

Supervisors of Midwives

Supervisors of Midwives

Supervisors of Midwives aim to ensure women receive high standards of maternity care by:

  • Listening in confidence to any concerns you may have about your care
  • Offering advice, information and guidance
  • Acting as an advocate
  • Ensuring you receive care in the right place, from the right professional
  • Encouraging the involvement of you and your family in the planning of your care
  • Supporting you and your midwife to plan the safest place for you to give birth
  • Helping to resolve any potential disagreements about your maternity care in an unbiased and impartial manner, including explaining why other healthcare professionals may think your maternity choices may not be the most appropriate for you. Discussing any concerns with a Supervisor of Midwives does not prevent you from using the hospital’s formal complaints procedure.

A Supervisor of Midwives is available 24 hours a day, every day of the year, offering guidance and support to women using the maternity services at Basildon University Hospital.

Phone the hospital switchboard on 01268 524900 and ask for the on-call Supervisor of Midwives.


Supervisors of midwives are experienced midwives who undertake additional education and training. They are appointed to the Local Supervising Authority.

The team of supervisors at Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust includes midwives working in a range of practice areas including

  • Education
  • Research and audit
  • Risk management
  • Midwives working on the maternity wards
  • Expertise in caring for high risk pregnancies
  • Expertise in promoting and maintaining normal birth

All midwives meet regularly with their named Supervisor of Midwives and develop a good working relationship with them, to enhance the standard of care provided for mothers and babies.

Supervisors are role models to midwives, guiding and supporting them to help develop their skills and expertise, and challenge inferior practice, to maintain a good standard of midwifery.

“Statutory supervision of midwives is a valuable resource for midwives, their employers and the profession because it enables midwives to provide safe and effective care.”
Nursing and Midwifery Council

Supervisors of Midwives…Working together…… together with you

 

 

 

Useful links

Contact us

  • Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
    Nethermayne, Basildon
    Essex  SS16 5NL
    Switchboard: 01268 524900

  • The Essex Cardiothoracic Centre
    Nethermayne, Basildon
    Essex SS16 5NL
    Switchboard: 01268 524900

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