Private Maternity Care

What does the obstetric package include?

The obstetric package includes:

  • All consultations from 12 weeks of pregnancy to 6 weeks postnatal
  • 24 hour on-call cover
  • Telephone/ email advice
  • Correspondence to GP/other specialists
  • Care in labour and delivery (vaginal delivery or caesarean section)
  • In-patient obstetric care
  • Postnatal consultation at 6 weeks (earlier if requested)
  • Completion of insurance documents

We are here to support you and enable you to have the best birth experience possible. This is possible at the Kensington Wing, where there are modern facilities in keeping with a large London maternity unit, including a level 3 neonatal unit.

For women opting for natural birth we support this and can offer pool birth and are supportive of hypnobirthing and other holistic approaches.

Please note that the following are not included in the obstetric package:

  • Ultrasound
  • Hospital & anaesthetist fees
  • Blood tests & pathological specimens

What are the benefits of private maternity care?

Having private obstetric care allows you to see and get to know your obstetrician from the earliest stage of pregnancy. You’ll get the chance to meet with the same and most qualified person at each and every one of your appointments, which prevents receiving confusing or even conflicting information. In the very rare event of your obstetrician not being available, she will arrange cover by a close consultant colleague from her immediate team

During your pregnancy, private care allows you to have direct access to a consultant specialist in the maternity unit, who will answer your questions personally and help allay anxieties, queries and fears. They will also be available for any emergencies. As a private patient you will also have more flexibility regarding appointment times and a more efficient handling of any your queries and concerns.

Over the course of your ante-natal appointments you will develop a personal and close relationship with your consultant obstetrician and this helps significantly when you’re in labour. Knowing that you have one of the most highly trained and experienced clinicians at hand can make labour a lot less stressful.

And, there are the obvious comforts of the private unit. Having your own room and bathroom is really important when you have just given birth and want to enjoy those special moments with your new baby and family.

“For me, knowing I could meet with a consultant really early in the pregnancy, even before I’d had a scan and the access to the same specialist at any time for the next 9 months, made the decision to go for private over NHS care. And, knowing that my obstetrician would be supporting me in labour and not a junior doctor was essential.

In retrospect, I am certain I made the right choice. Having Roshni as my obstetrician was the best decision I’ve ever made. I couldn’t have done it without her”

Mrs DP, Putney

Hospital & Anaesthetist Fees

The patient liaison officers on the Kensington Wing will be able to provide you with detailed information regarding costs (020 3315 8616). This information is also available here

Care of your baby

The cost of private maternity care includes the availability of paediatric care 24 hours per day (at delivery or during your stay in the hospital if needed) and a full examination of your baby within 24 hours of delivery, by a consultant paediatrician. If your baby needs to be admitted to the Baby Unit, he or she will be considered an NHS patient and no extra charge will be made.

About the Kensington Wing

The Kensington Wing is the private maternity wing of the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, located on its third floor. It is a purpose built private maternity Unit with labour wards and private bedrooms all with en-suite facilities, satellite TV, telephone and DVD player. The rooms are also fitted with the latest medical facilities. All patients are provided with complimentary dressing gown, slippers and L’Occitane toiletries.

The private patient’s kitchen offers an a la carte menu as well as catering for special diets. There is the option for a partner to spend the night on a fold out bed.

The Chelsea & Westminster Hospital is one of London’s teaching hospitals and has all the facilities and essential back up should a complication in your pregnancy or labour arise. A full team of medical staff are available around the clock to provide assistance in the event of an emergency. In addition, the Unit has an experienced team of midwives on duty at all times and will care for you before, during and after your delivery.

You and your partner are welcome to visit the Kensington Unit and the patient liaison officers will be delighted to give you a tour and answer any questions you have.