Having a baby is an exciting time. With the highest standards of healthcare quality and safety, our dedicated team is here to guide you through your care choices and will provide you with personalised care throughout your pregnancy, birth and after your baby is born.

We offer maternity services at Warwick Hospital, Stratford Hospital and in the community at Children and Family Centres. You can plan to give birth at home, in our midwifery led unit (the Bluebell Birth Centre) or in our obstetric unit. Both units are situated at Warwick Hospital and provide a welcoming and calming environment. Our friendly and highly skilled staff are proud to welcome over 3,000 babies into the world each year!

We strive to give babies, parents and families everything they need for the best start in life.

Refer yourself for maternity care

You no longer need to see a GP and can refer yourself for maternity care by filling out our online form.

We will then be in touch by email with some useful advice about keeping well in pregnancy and the details of your appointments. If you don’t receive any emails from us, please check your junk folder.

We’re happy to help if you have any difficulties completing the form or any other issues. You can speak to us in the Bluebell Birth Centre by calling 01926 495321 ext 6977.

Please note we do not take out-of-area referrals via this route. Please speak to the midwifery team in your local area to complete the specific referral we require.

Click here to refer yourself for maternity care .

Antenatal screening choices for pregnancy

If you have chosen to accept a screening test, timing is very important. Please discuss with your midwife if you have any concerns.

Choices Checklist for screening tests in pregnancy:


Purpose of the Screening

Timing of the test

Infectious diseases

This is a blood sample is taken from your arm

To find out if you have hepatitis B, HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) or syphilis.

As early as possible in pregnancy, ideally by 10 weeks

Sickle cell and thalassaemia

This is a blood sample is taken from your arm

To find out if you are a carrier of the sickle cell or thalassaemia gene and therefore likely to pass it on to the baby.

Before you are 10 weeks pregnant

Dating Scan

This is an ultrasound scan

This scan can confirm your expected due date and check your baby's development and check the number of babies you are expecting

Between 10 and 14 weeks of pregnancy

Down’s syndrome, Edwards’ syndrome and Patau’s syndrome

This is a combined test, a blood sample is taken from your arm and at the dating ultrasound scan the fluid at the back of the baby’s neck is measured (known as the nuchal translucency.

To find out how likely it is that the baby has Down’s syndrome (also known as Trisomy 21 or T21), Edwards’ syndrome (Trisomy 18/T18) or Patau’s syndrome (Trisomy 13/T13).

Between 10 and 14 weeks of pregnancy

11 physical conditions

(20-week scan)

This is an ultrasound scan

The scan looks for 11 different conditions in the baby

Between 18 and 20 weeks and 6 days of pregnancy

Screening tests offered during and after pregnancy

Screening tests are used to find people at higher chance of a health condition. Whether or not to have each test is a personal choice that only the individual invited for screening can make.

We offer all pregnant women screening tests during pregnancy to look for certain health conditions that could affect them or their baby.

Screening tests are also offered for babies soon after they are born so they can be given appropriate treatment as quickly as possible if needed.

Watch a video showing the screening tests available during pregnancy and for newborn babies.


Read the Screening tests for you and your baby leaflet before your midwife booking appointment to find out much more about the screening tests offered during and after pregnancy. This information is also available in other languages and easy guides.

If you need one, you can pick up a printed copy of this leaflet at your booking appointment.If you would like information on the choices for antenatal screening choices in pregnancy, please click here.

Additional services and contacts

Community services

In addition we have five community midwifery teams who support you wherever you live in South Warwickshire and the surrounding areas.

Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU)

If your baby is born early or requires special medical and nursing care, they will be looked after in our Special Baby Care Unit. Baby's parents, grandparents and siblings are welcome to visit anytime. A maximum of two other visitors are allowed between 18:30 - 19:30 and all visitors must be accompanied by a parent at all times. As babies are very vulnerable at this time, they should not be visited by anyone who is unwell with a cold, recent diarrhoea or vomiting, or any infection.

NHS Warwickshire Stop Smoking in Pregnancy Service

For help and advice click here.

Certificate of Commitment by the UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative

Warwick Hospital is delighted to have been awarded a Certificate of Commitment by the UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative. This recognises our commitment to supporting parents to make informed choices about how they feed and care for their babies. Warwick Hospital is proud to be working towards full Baby Friendly accreditation.

The Birth Experience Listening Service

At Warwick hospital we offer all women who have had a baby here, an opportunity to discuss the events surrounding their baby’s birth. If you think you could benefit from the opportunity to discuss your birth experience, please email our generic Birth Listening email address - The Birth Listening Service is not the correct service if you are looking to discuss complaints.

A member of the Birth Listening Team will email you back as soon as possible to arrange an appointment with an experienced Midwife. We offer sessions by telephone or on Microsoft Teams. Birth Listening Sessions can also be face-to-face if required, however this may incur a longer wait time for appointment. We try to arrange appointments to take place within 2-4 weeks of your email. There is no time limit after the birth, however we recommend that you wait at least 6-8 weeks so that you have had time to process what has happened. You can attend the appointment with your birth partner (or somebody else) if you would like to.

Maternity Voices Partnership Coventry and Warwickshire

Coventry and Warwickshire's Maternity Voices Partnership ensure the views, experiences and ideas of local mothers and birthing people contribute to the development of local maternity care by collecting feedback and sharing information. Click here to read more.

If you're on Facebook, visit the Maternity Voices - Coventry and Warwickshire page for the latest updates and news.

To contact Coventry and Warwickshire MVP email

SANDS - Stillborn and Neonatal Death Charity

Sands is a national helpline is for anyone who has been affected by the death of a baby and wants to talk to someone about their experience.
Tel: +44(0) 808 1643332 Email:

Twins Trust - we support twins, triples and more

Our mission is to:

  • Provide twins, triplets or more – and their families – with the information needed to make informed decisions
  • Facilitate a network of community support.
  • Ensure that our community’s unique needs are understood by the professionals who care for them and reflected in research, care standards and public policy.

Click here for more information.

Twinline is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 1pm and from 7pm to 10pm

Call: 0800 138 0509

If you would prefer not to call but would still like to contact the team for some support, complete Twins Trust's online form or email:

Antenatal Results and Choices (ARC)

ARC is a national charity which provides non-directive support and information to parents before, during and after antenatal testing.
Tel: +44(0) 845 0772290 or if you are calling from a mobile phone: +44(0) 207 7137486

Labour pain relief at Warwick Hospital

Labour Pains is the public information website of the Obstetric Anaesthetists’ Association. They provide reliable, unbiased information to expectant parents on pain relief and anaesthesia choices for birth that is well worth reading, also available in a wide range of translations.

Click here for information on pain relief during labour.

Pain relief medicationsPain relief without medications
Gas and air (Entonox)TENS
Epidural - if you would like an epidural, then it is important you understand the risks and complications. Please read this infographic in order to consent for the procedure. Water pool
Remifentanil PCAComplimentary therapies

Related links


There are currently no restrictions in place within Maternity Services at South Warwickshire University NHS Foundation Trust with regard to COVID-19.

If you’re pregnant, you’re at greater risk of becoming seriously ill if you contract COVID-19. If you get COVID-19 later in your pregnancy (more than 28 weeks pregnant), your baby could also be at risk.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and go into labour, you’ll be advised to give birth in the obstetric unit.

Birth partners

If your birth partner has COVID-19 or symptoms of COVID-19, please consider whether it is essential for them to attend the unit with you or whether you could bring someone else. If you do still wish for them to accompany you, please contact the maternity unit on 01926 495321 ext 4552 prior to arrival. Your birth partner will be asked to wear a mask at all times when in the maternity unit to keep your baby, you, other parents and staff safe and well.


COVID-19 vaccination is strongly recommended for pregnant women and people. Anyone who is pregnant is encouraged to access COVID-19 vaccination during the autumn winter programme, as pregnancy is deemed a clinical risk group for COVID-19.

COVID-19 vaccination is available to anyone pregnant irrespective of their previous vaccination history and they should aim to get protected as soon as possible.

The easiest way to access COVID-19 vaccination is by:

  • Booking online through the NHS app.
  • Contacting your GP to arrange an appointment.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding COVID-19, please contact:

  • Bluebell Birth Centre on 01926 495321 ext 6977 or
  • Maternity Assessment Suite on 01926 495321 ext 8408

The latest maternity information concerning COVID-19, can be found here:

Bluebell Birth Centre - Midwife-Led Unit

If you and your baby are healthy, your pregnancy is at low risk of complications, and you have not previously had complications related to birth, you should be able to birth in our midwifery led birthing unit or birth at home. For women and babies at low risk of complications, research suggests intervention rates are lower for planned home and midwifery unit births. Women and babies at low risk of complications who birth in these environments are shown to recover more quickly, are less likely to have complications following birth. If your pregnancy is more complex your midwife will recommend that you birth on the Consultant Unit where doctors will be available if needed. Your risk factors will be discussed with you and information given on the potential outcomes that may concern you so you so you can make an informed decision about where you would like to birth your baby. Homebirths and midwife-led units can only support vaginal births where a ventous or forceps are not required.

The Bluebell Birth Centre, the midwife-led unit at Warwick Hospital, is an alongside unit meaning it is on the same site as the consultant led unit. It is staffed by midwives and support workers and is open 24/7.

It offers four top of the range birthing rooms, with birthing pools available in all of them. Birth centres are very safe for women and babies at low risk of complications. Midwives are trained to detect if labour is not progressing as expected and if there are any concerns about you or your baby’s wellbeing you will be transferred to the on-site obstetric unit for a higher level of care.


We are currently not providing in person tours of the Bluebell Unit. Please see our video tour below and contact your community team with any questions you may have.

Contact and location

Tel: +44(0)1926 495 321 ext 6973/6976

Click the image below to view a video fly-through of the Bluebell Birth Centre: Flythrough.jpg

Click the image below for a video on how to find the Bluebell Birth Centre.


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Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU)

The interactive Neonatal Unit tours have been designed to help families understand what to expect before they arrive on the unit. The 3D tour will enable families to explore the unit, get to know their way around, and includes useful information such as:

• Directions and facilities

• Commonly used equipment

• Educational videos

• Support available

• Useful website links

Please click here for tips on exploring the unit tour.

Please click here for a user guide for neonatal virtual tours.

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