At our modern, state-of-the-art maternity unit at Tunbridge Wells Hospital, every woman has her own room for antenatal and postnatal stays as well as for labour and birth. The rooms are spacious, have en-suite facilities and some have woodland views.
The maternity unit has two operating theatres in the Delivery Suite and is staffed by midwives and a team of doctors specialising in women and children’s care. The Delivery Suite is situated immediately next door to the Neonatal Unit.
Following the birth, unless you decide to transfer straight home, you will be cared for on the Postnatal ward, staffed by midwives and support workers. Most first time mothers choose to stay for at least one night to have some help and support in caring for and feeding their babies. Partners are able to stay overnight.
What to bring to hospital
We advise packing a bag well in advance of your due date. Ensure that your birth partner is aware of what is in the bag ahead of time.
Your midwife will probably give you a list of what you’ll need to pack and you may want to include the following:
- something loose and comfortable to wear during labour: it shouldn’t restrict you from moving around or make you too hot – you may need about three changes of clothes
- two or three comfortable and supportive bras, including nursing bras if you’re planning to breastfeed: remember, your breasts will be much larger than usual
- about 24 super-absorbent sanitary or maternity pads
- your wash bag with toothbrush, hairbrush, flannel, soap and other toiletries
- Although bath towels will be provided, some women like to bring their own
- Books, magazines or music to help pass the time
- a sponge or water spray to cool you down
- front-opening nighties if you’re going to breastfeed
- dressing gown and slippers
- five or six pairs of underwear
- a loose, comfortable outfit to wear after you have given birth, and to come home in
- clothes (including a hat) and nappies for the baby
- a shawl or blanket to wrap the baby in
- If you are travelling by car, remember a car seat.
Find and contact us
- For urgent clinical concerns or problems – Phone: 01892 633500
- Non clinical matters (Midwifery Liaison Office) – Phone: 01892 638158
What our parents say…
- “We loved the brand new facilities the hospital had to offer but most of all, what really impressed us, was the quality of the staff themselves and, we would like to compliment them all for their professionalism, care and sensitive manner in which they went about their work helping women to gain the best from their birth experience.”
- “Thank you for all your kindness and professionalism in caring for me and our beautiful baby.”
- My stay at TWH was faultless throughout and all of the staff were kind, caring and competent at all times. Keep up the good work. You all do an amazing job.”
- “We would like to send our huge thanks to you all for all your help and care we received whilst we stayed at TWH. Thank you for all the guidance with caring for our new precious bundle. Also thank you for the huge care and attention given to both myself and my husband throughout.”
- “Very many thanks for all your help and kindness following the birth of our son.”
- To the many midwives (and student midwives) who helped me to learn to breastfeed – thank you – it’s going well. To the HCA’s and domestic staff – thanks for being unfailingly cheerful and helpful and making a tired new mum feel well looked after.”
- “Thank you so much for all your care and helping bring our babies into the world. Once again I have had a wonderful delivery and amazing after care due to all the brilliant, caring staff.”