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Women's and Neonatal Services

Maternity Service

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The thought of coming into hospital can be a little daunting. We naturally want to make your stay comfortable and are aware that many women would prefer the added comfort and privacy of a single amenity room during their stay.

At Watford General Hospital we have two types of amenity rooms available for women to book. Amenity rooms are available for women who wish to have extra privacy after they have given birth. You will still be treated as an NHS patient, but are paying for the privacy of a single room. Please ask your midwife on admission regarding room availability. Payment by credit or debit card only please.

  • Side room only, no en-suite facilities - 100 per night
  • Side room with full en-suite facilities - 200 per night


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Currently maternity inpatient services are provided on one site (Watford) with outpatient services provided on three sites (Watford, Hemel and St Albans). Maternity services are provided to women within the West Hertfordshire boundaries and as well as women from neighbouring areas who choose to book their care with the Trust.

The Maternity Service provides antenatal and postnatal care for approximately 7,000 women. This level of activity makes the Maternity Service at Watford General Hospital one of the biggest within England.

There are approximately 1100 deliveries per annum in the Alexandra Birthing Centre and this midwife led service has one of the highest water-birth rates in the United Kingdom.

The Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts (CNST) has assessed our maternity service at level 2, which requires us to provide at least 60 hours of direct consultant labour ward cover per week.

Below is a detailed outline of the services and facilities provided by the Maternity Service:

Central Delivery Suite with:

  • 1 Assessment admission room
  • Midwifery Triage Bay – 2 beds
  • 7 Delivery Rooms
  • 2 bedded Obstetric Observation Bay for high dependency women
  • 3 Bedded Obstetric Recovery Bay
  • Bereavement Suite
  • 2 Obstetric Theatres

The Alexandra Birthing Centre, providing a ‘home-from-home’ service to women with uncomplicated pregnancies, has the following facilities:

  • 8 En-suite Delivery/Postnatal Rooms
  • A Sensory Room 
  • 2 Pool Rooms

Postnatal and Inpatient Services:

  • 28 bedded Postnatal ward
  • 14 bedded Antenatal ward

Neonatal Service with:

  • Level 2 Neonatal Unit
  • Dedicated paediatric clinics on the postnatal ward
  • Postnatal Hearing screening service

Antenatal Services:

  • Maternity Day Assessment Unit
  • Counselling Service on Hemel & Watford Sites
  • Antenatal Clinic Services on 3 sites
  • Fetal Medicine Service on two sites
  • Combined Consultant Care in - Combined Endocrine/Obstetric Clinics
  • Joint Perinatal Paediatric/Obstetric Clinics
  • Weekly Consultant Anaesthetic Clinics
  • Dating scan service provided at 12 weeks gestation
  • Combined first trimester nuchal screening for high risk women

Specialist services:

  • Consultant Midwife
  • 2 Teenage Pregnancy Midwives
  • Child Protection Midwife
  • Infant Feeding Coordinator
  • Antenatal screening midwife/Fetal medicine coordinator
  • External cephalic version service for breech presentation.
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