All Maternity Services


Bedford Hospital

  • Community midwifery service; providing antenatal and postnatal care for all women that deliver in Bedford and some women who deliver out of area
  • Home birth service.
  • Delivery Suite with delivery, triage, parent's room and obstetric theatre suite.
  • A midwifery led unit (2 birthing pools)
  • Mixed antenatal & postnatal ward
  • A day assessment unit.
  • An antenatal outpatient's clinic
  • Pregnancy scanning service run by midwives and ultrasonographers.
  • A level one neonatal unit
  • Incorporated within community midwifery services are included a Teenage Pregnancy team and a Parent Education team. The team also offer sessions specific to women only, young parents to be, weekend workshops and dietary support advice in collaboration with hospital dieticians.
  • Listening service for anyone who would like to discuss their labour or birth. Clients are requested to telephone 01234 795812 if they wish to book an appointment.
  • Bereavement service by the Maternity Bereavement team and is available to offer ongoing support to parents who have suffered bereavement. The team can be accessed via telephone on 01234 795812.
  • The Butterfly Suite- a room for bereaved parents and other families with additional need.
  • Dedicated Infant Feeding Advisors to provide breastfeeding support to staff and clients alike. 

The maternity services at Bedford Hospital are located in Cygnet Wing.

Luton & Dunstable Hospital

Luton & Dunstable Hospital Maternity Unit is a referral centre for complicated pregnancies, but the hospital also offers midwifery care to low risk women via community midwives offering community based antenatal / postnatal midwifery care and midwifery led care in labour. Midwife-led antenatal care (in the community)

  • Consultant-led antenatal care 
  • Early pregnancy clinic
  • Medical Complications of Pregnancy (High Risk) - diabetes (established and gestational); haematology, mental health, HIV & hepatitis
  • Fetal Medicine Unit
  • Day Assessment Unit
  • External Cephalic Version for Breech Presentation
  • Birth options clinic
  • Home Birthing service
  • Consultant led Delivery Suite
  • The Midwifery Led Birthing Unit
  • Teenage pregnancy team 
  • Infant feeding advisor
  • Midwifery led parent education antenatal sessions
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit - high level specialist care for newborn babies with extensive health needs; e.g. extreme prematurity
  • Two mixed antenatal and postnatal wards one of which has transitional care (cares for babies who require an increased support but not neonatal care)

Maternity Services are located in the Women & Children's services building.

Addenbrooke's Hospital

Services at Addenbrooke's

East & North Hertfordshire Hospital

Services at East & North Hertfordshire

Neo-natal Services

Who to Refer

  • Services are offered to suit all pregnant women and their families
  • Women should be encouraged to access maternity services as early as possible in pregnancy, as the evidence suggests that early access to maternity services can improve outcomes for women and their babies.
  • Early access enables women to have evidence based information relating to life style changes as well as being eligible for antenatal screening within recommended gestation.
  • Women can be referred to maternity services at whatever stage in gestation they present.
  • Women with chronic medical problems, mental health issues, previous poor obstetric history or complications in current pregnancy should be referred to an obstetrician for shared/Consultant led care

Who not to Refer

Women who do not wish to progress with their pregnancy are advised to see their GP for further discussion and management. The GP can contact the Luton and Dunstable Hospital directly for TOP advice/management on Tel.01582 497466


Patient Information leaflets


Screening tests for you and your baby

Bedford Hospital

Welcome to the Maternity Unit at Bedford


Patient pathways


Antenatal Care

Multiple Pregnancy

Diabetes in Pregnancy

Induction of Labour

Intrapartum care

Caesarean Section

Postnatal care

Antenatal & Postnatal Mental Health

Neonatal Jaundice

Neonatal Jaundice NICE

L&D Hospital

Antenatal Pathway

Interpartum Care Pathway

Postnatal Pathway

Teenage Pregnancy Pathway

NICE Quit Smoking Flowchart

Baby Feeding Pathway

Patient Support Groups

Baby Brasseries Breastfeeding support in Bedford and Central Bedfordshire
Breastfeeding Support Worker Team Luton (provided by Cambridgeshire Community Services)

National Childbirth Trust
Information and support for mothers including breast feeding information, antenatal classes and postnatal groups.
Tel: 0870 444 8707

Association for Post-Natal Illness (APNI)
Provides support to mothers suffering from post-natal illness, also known as post-natal depression.
Tel: 0207 386 0868

Maternity Action
This is a national charity working to promote the wellbeing of pregnant women, new parents and their babies. This gives good advice about rights and benefits.
Tel: 0207 490 7638

Twins & Multiple Births Association
Provides information and support for families of twins, triplets and more.
Tel: 0870 770 3305

Premature Babies UK
This website has been set up by a mother of two premature babies. It is based on her own experiences. There are links to suggested books and specialist suppliers of clothing for very small babies.

Stillbirth & Neonatal Death Society
This charity offers support and information to parents whose baby dies at birth or soon after birth, including a national network of support groups for bereaved parents.
Tel: 0207 436 5881

Other Resources

The Pregnancy Book- Department of Health (2009)

Birth to five- Department of Health (2009)

NHS Pregnancy Planner
Whether you're planning to have a baby or are already pregnant, the interactive pregnancy planner contains all you need to know to have a healthy and happy pregnancy, and to make sure you get the care that's right for you.  It has over 125 pages of NHS-accredited information, including videos and interactive planning tools such as an online Birth Plan

'BLISS' The Premature Baby Charity
This is a national charity which campaigns for improvements in neonatal care. It offers support and information for parents and carers of special care babies.
Free phone: 0500 618 140

Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital
This is the website for Great Ormond Street Hospital. It contains lots of information which includes how to get there, the wards and some fact sheets about certain conditions. It is very easy to use.

La Leche League (Breastfeeding)
Promotes a better understanding of breast feeding
Tel: 0207 242 1278

Bounty is a parenting club which has been supporting mums for over 50 years, providing information about pregnancy and parenthood.

Last updated: 22/03/2013

Update due: 22/03/2014