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Maternity

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust provides the highest and safest standards of care for mothers and babies. Our maternity services have been rated the best in the country following a review by NHS England.

Read or download this information booklet summarising the main options available in the area to help you decide what birth you want and where you want it. Your midwife will discuss your medical history and any previous births with you, as this may affect your options. Depending on your pregnancy you can choose to have your baby at home, in our acclaimed birth centres at Maidstone and Crowborough, or on our consultant-led labour ward at Tunbridge Wells Hospital.

At MTW, we also want to give the right support to create a positive birth experience. To help us better respond to your needs, we encourage you to identify your birth preferences. Download this birth preferences template  and print out and include in your notes for health professionals to read while caring for you – or visit NHS Choices. Writing your birth preferences provides a good opportunity to talk about your options with your community midwife and/or birth partner.

Parents-to-be can also attend our popular hypnobirthing antenatal course, which runs at both Maidstone Birth Centre and the maternity unit at Tunbridge Wells Hospital.

Contact us

The maternity team can be contacted:

  • For urgent clinical concerns or problems, contact the maternity unit at Tunbridge Wells Hospital on 01892 633500
  • For non-clinical maternity matters, contact the Midwifery Liaison Office on 01892 638158 
  • The Birth Centre team can be contacted on 01622 220161

Fundraising

It’s easy to donate money to our maternity units to help enhance the facilities and services we provide to our parents and their families. Simply visit our Fundraising page for more information.

Tell us about your care

Have you had a baby at one of our sites recently? Help us continue to improve our maternity care for future parents by filling out our short survey.
 

Results from maternity survey 2015

Read how woman have high confidence in our maternity services following a national patient survey. You can also download the reports:

Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP)

Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP) is a group of local parents and health professionals working together to improve maternity services in West Kent. Representatives from the MVP regularly ask for feedback from new parents about their experiences of maternity care and these experiences help to guide services and policies locally. If you would like to help make a difference to maternity services or would like to share your views please email mtw.mvp@gmail.com or visit our Facebook page or follow us on twitter @Birth_Voices

Information sharing

Much of the information about your care will be recorded electronically to help your health professionals provide the best possible care. The NHS also wishes to collect some of the information about you and your baby to help to:

  • monitor trends
  • increase our understanding of adverse outcomes
  • strive towards the highest standards
  • make recommendations for improving maternity care

The NHS has very strict confidentiality and data security procedures in place to ensure that personal information is not given to unauthorised persons. Your information is recorded and identified by NHS number and your name and address is removed to safeguard confidentiality. Other information such as date of birth and postcode are included to help to understand the influences of age and geography. In some cases, details of the care are looked at by independent experts working for the NHS as part of special investigations (“confidential enquiries”), but only after the records have been anonymised.

The law also requires us to share your information with other agencies where we believe or suspect that you or your child is suffering or likely to suffer significant harm

Further information about maternity data collected by the NHS is available on this information sheet.