Maternity services at our MSE hospitals

Congratulations on your pregnancy, make sure you book into the maternity service at, as soon as possible. Our hospitals deliver thousands of babies every year modern, well-equipped maternity units.

Our staff 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. To find out more about the care we offer, please chose the options below:

Campaign to raise awareness - Feeling your baby move is a sign that they are well

Most women usually begin to feel their baby move between 16 and 24 weeks of pregnancy. A baby’s movements can be described as anything from a kick, flutter, swish or roll. The type of movement may change as your pregnancy progresses.

Information to download

Feeling your baby move [pdf] 145KB

Reduced Fetal Movements - What happens next [pdf] 612KB

Reduced Fetal Movements leaflet - March 2019 [pdf] 603KB

Feeling your baby move is a sign that they are well - Feedback [pdf] 165KB

Neonatal Maternity information leaflets

Bliss patient information leaflets:

Bliss is the UK charity working to provide the best possible care and support for all premature and sick babies and their families.  They support parents, work directly with doctors and nurses and campaign to ensure the needs of babies and their families are always heard.

HIE (Hypoxic-ischaemic encephalopathy) Information for Parents
About Neonatal Care
Skin-to-skin with your premature baby
Look at me - I'm talking to you
Little Bliss Magazine
Resuscitation Training

Tamba (Twins & Multiple Births Association) patient information leaflets:

Multiple Births - A Parents' Guide to Neonatal Care

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health patient information leaflets:

Your baby's care - Measuring standards and improving neonatal care

Public Health England patient information leaflets:

Screening tests for you and your baby

UNICEF patient information leaflets:

You and your baby
Caring for your baby at night - A Guide for Parents

SMA nutrition patient information leaflet:

Supporting your preterm and low birthweight baby's nutritional needs

Neonatal Data Analysis Unit:

Why your baby's data are important

Department of Health & Social Care:

Immunisations up to one year of age. For babies born on or after 1 January 2020

A quick guide to childhood immunisations for the parents of premature babies born on or after 1 January 2020

British Association of Perinatal Medicine:

COVID - 19 Resources
Leaflet for mothers with confirmed or suspected COVID-19
Leaflet for parents / carers of newborns


The leaflets on this page are designed to provide information regarding your care. They can be downloaded, printed or read online.

Caring for your baby on the neonatal unit [pdf] 406KB

Eye care – parents guide [pdf] 99KB

Gentamicin therapy for babies [pdf] 93KB

Lumbar puncture [pdf] 125KB

Pain relief for babies [pdf] 120KB

Parents leaflet Necrotising Enterocolitis (NEC) [pdf] 153KB

PICC and central lines [pdf] 129KB

Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) [pdf] 97KB

Tests and treatment for your baby’s jaundice [pdf] 137KB

Total parental nutrition (TPN) [pdf] 104KB

Welcome to the neonatal unit - Family Guide [pdf] 3MB

Join our maternity network group to improve outcomes for families and our staff within ethnic minority communities.

Help us to improve outcomes and experience for families and our staff throughout the Maternity journey, who are from an ethnic minority background.

We’re committed to strengthening the support we provide to staff working in our women and children’s department from ethnic minority backgrounds and the care we give to families from ethnic minority communities using our maternity services.

To help us with this, we’re forming a network of people who can work with us to improve outcomes for families, and our staff within these communities.

To be eligible to participate you either need to be a member of staff or a member of the local community who is passionate about this area of work.

The MBRRACE-UK (2019) findings demonstrate that the risk of women and babies dying during pregnancy and childbirth is three to five times higher for women who are from an ethnic minority background, than for white women.

Given these facts, we now we need to work together to make sure we are doing our utmost to be part of the solution. We can’t do this without the support and recommendations of our local community and our staff, so we can have a much better understanding of what the challenges are.

Please join us and let’s work together to improve outcomes for women and babies.

For more information or to get involved, call Lesley on 07989134389 or email

You can also contact Mid and South Essex Maternity and Neonatal Voices Partnership at