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.

Changes to Maternity Visiting policy

Labour Ward/Birthing Unit

Women admitted to labour ward/Midwifery Led Birthing Unit to have one birth partner accompanying for assessment. To remain with woman  during birth.

Women admitted to Labour Ward for reasons outside of Labour can have one person with them during admission.


Women coming in for Induction of Labour (IOL) to have a birth partner attend for start of IOL procedure and then return home

To be called back if women is transferred to Labour Ward or if contracting and needs support during this time.

Visiting on Anti Natal ward for all inpatients to be commenced 2hrs in the afternoon/evening. Staggered times arranged per bed number.

Only one visitor each session and this need to be a consistent visitor. Same visiting applied to antenatal patients who remain on Labour ward.

Partners accompanying for scans to continue as currently in place.

Due to the current pandemic we have been unable to offer pregnant women any antenatal education classes.

We have been asked by many expectant mums if we had a list of essential items they should bring with them when they go into labour and come to the hospital. We have put together this sheet of information for women that you might find useful.


Visiting to be increased from 1hr in the afternoon/evening to 2hrs. Staggered times depending on bed numbers.

Same visiting applied to Post Natal patients who remain on Labour ward.

All visitors to have details taken and temp checks on arrival and to wear face masks unless in a delivery room.

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.

Please note that the Maternity Voices Partnership will be relaunched shortly, and we will provide details when they have been confirmed.