Pregnancy and giving birth

Support during your pregnancy

When you are pregnant you require specialist care to help you through your pregnancy and birth. Our dedicated professionals will support you to plan and prepare for pregnancy, birth and beyond.

It is important you contact your GP or your hospital of choice early in your pregnancy so that you can get the maternity care you need that will help get the best outcomes for you and your baby.

Our dedicated team provide care through and beyond your pregnancy. Perinatal mental health problems can occur during pregnancy or in the first year following the birth of a child and are fairly common. Up to 1 in 5 expectant mothers experience perinatal mental illness and can benefit from accessing specialist care.

If left untreated, mental health issues can have significant and long-lasting effects on the woman, the child, and the wider family. That’s why we offer specialist care and treatment. Perinatal support in Tower Hamlets is provided by the East London NHS Foundation Trust. You can speak to your GP or other health professional for advice, or refer yourself to the service.

Where to give birth

When you first find out that you are pregnant you should register for antenatal care as soon as possible.

You can choose where to access your maternity care and where to give birth. You can speak with your GP or community midwife about your options or search for your local maternity services on the NHS website.

The main maternity care provider for Tower Hamlets is The Royal London Hospital which offers a variety of options for your care depending on what happens during your pregnancy. This includes:

  • having your baby at home
  • in their Lotus Birth Centre
  • Barkantine Birth Centre or
  • the delivery suite at The Royal London Hospital.

You can be referred to their maternity services by asking your GP or community midwife to complete a referral form or completing the form yourself.