Your Pregnancy - Antenatal Care
If you think you might be pregnant please get in touch with us as soon as possible so that we can start planning your maternity care together.
Once we have received your referral, you will receive a welcome letter via email. The care you receive from healthcare professionals during your pregnancy is called antenatal care.
You'll be offered a series of appointments with a midwife, or sometimes with a doctor who specialises in pregnancy and birth (an obstetrician).
The majority of your care will be provided by midwives in the community and you may come into the hospital if necessary. They will check that you and your baby are well, give you useful information to help you have a healthy pregnancy (including healthy eating and exercise advice) and answer any questions you may have.
Our range of antenatal services, clinics and classes include:
- Antenatal ward (Murray)
- Care of your body in pregnancy classes
- Community midwives
- Maternity day assessment unit
- Obstetric medicine clinic
- Parentcraft classes
- Women's diagnostic unit
Our experienced obstetric consultants and specialised midwives provide excellent care for women with complicated pregnancies. We have a fetal medicine service for high-risk pregnancies, specialist clinics for women with pre-existing medical conditions, such as diabetes, a bespoke twin clinic and a service for women who have been subject to female genital mutilation.
Specialist antenatal clinics
- FGM service
- Antenatal diabetes clinic
- Fetal medicine service
- Twin clinic
- Vaginal birth after caesarean section
- Obstetrics, weight and nutrition
Every day we deliver around ten babies for mothers from diverse ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds. Our midwives and consultants speak many languages including Turkish, Somali, Greek and German. We also have interpreting services available for most other languages. We attract mums from Islington and Haringey as well as other London boroughs who travel to Archway to have their baby with us.
September 2020 BCG Update
Since 2016, many London maternity wards offered BCG to all babies because the rates of TB were higher than in other parts of the country. However, the number of people with TB in London has fallen year on year for the last 8 years. Therefore, from September 2020, the BCG vaccine will no longer be available to every baby born in London. Babies who live in an area with high rates of TB or babies with parents or grandparents from a country with high rates of TB, will continue to be offered the BCG vaccine. If this applies to you, the BCG vaccine will be provided in community clinics. Please be assured that you will be contacted if this applies to you. You can find out more information about the BCG vaccine by clicking here.
Updated: Whooping Cough and Flu Service
- Please note, there is currently no vaccine clinic availability until 31 December 2020.
On 1 September 2020 we introduced a' one stop shop' for the flu and whooping cough vaccinations for pregnant women. This is a walk- in service and an appointment is not required. Normally, the service runs from Monday to Thursday 8.30am until 4.00pm and Friday 8.30am until 12:30pm on Semple Ward which is on Level 5 at the Whittington Hospital. These times may be subject to change so please phone in advance to confirm. Please remember to wear a mask if you are in the hospital using this service.