Maternity services

We deliver around 4,000 babies every year in our modern, well-equipped maternity unit, part of the women's and children's directorate.

Staff at Southend University Hospital maternity service are committed to providing high quality maternity care for women and their families during pregnancy, labour and after the birth of their baby.

We support women to have a choice of birthplace, as this has been shown to have a positive effect on the birth experience.  The choice of a home birth or birth in our midwife led birth unit will routinely be offered to women with a straight forward pregnancy ( no known complications that may affect pregnancy and the birth).

If your pregnancy is not straightforward, it is recommended that, to meet your individual needs you have your baby in our delivery suite. 

Our maternity services support care both in the community and the hospital. Generally this is for women who live in the Southend and Castle Point areas, however, we do also welcome women from outside these boroughs.

If you wish to book for maternity care with us, please refer yourself today by using the link below.

Do you feel passionately about your local maternity services and want to play a role in helping to improve services? 

At Southend Hospital there is a dedicated committee made up of local user representatives and health professionals, advising and working with Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) on the care provided to women, their partners and their babies during pregnancy, birth and in the weeks after the baby's arrival.  

The committee is called the 'Maternity Service Liaison Committee' sometimes referred to as 'MSLC'.  Its role is to help improve services by ensuring the views and experiences of people who use local maternity services are listened to and taken account of. 

If you would like to find out more, you can email the chair of the committee, Lynsey Calvert or via a dedicated Facebook page: