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
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
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
If you would like to find out more, you can email the chair of
the committee, Lynsey Calvert firstname.lastname@example.org
or via a dedicated Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/southeastessexMSLC/