This page gives information on your maternity care with us during the pandemic. It includes who you can bring to appointments and the birth.
Throughout your pregnancy, your maternity team will do all they can to provide you with information, guidance and support. You can also stay up-to-date with the BadgerNet Maternity Notes Portal, which is available to all women who have registered with King’s to have their baby. Please check the portal for all the latest information and guidance about maternity services during this time. If you have any queries about accessing the portal, please speak to your community midwifery team or the staff on duty.
If you are coming into the hospital, please also see the Attending our hospitals page.
Please be aware that the following arrangements could change in response to local or national COVID-19 prevalence or new Government guidance.
Your antenatal care will include both in-person and virtual appointments. This helps make sure you get the care you need, such as scans and blood tests, while also avoiding unnecessary visits to hospital. For non face-to-face appointments, we will ask you if would prefer phone or video calls.
Our antenatal classes are taking place online, to ensure you don’t miss out on vital information and preparation. Ask your midwife for details of how to sign up.
Partners or companions attending antenatal scans
We understand the importance of having a partner or companion with you during your antenatal scans. Currently, one companion or partner is welcome to attend hospital-based antenatal clinics (Windsor walk, Community Midwives Centre, Midwives House, Orpington Hospital, Beckenham Beacon and Queen Mary’s – Sidcup) with you.
In order to maximise space and maintain social distancing regulations, the accompanying person will be asked to wait outside the building until the woman or birthing person is asked into the clinical room for their appointment. Children cannot attend any scans or appointments.
Currently we continue to offer the following options on where to give birth, based on your preferences and level of risk:
- at home
- in our midwife-led suite at King’s College Hospital
- at the birth centre at Princess Royal University Hospital (PRUH)
- on a labour ward
Our aim is to offer the same choice you would normally have, however, this will depend on how our service and staffing is affected by the changing local and national situation.
Birth partners during and after labour
One birth partner can be with you throughout your labour. They should bring everything they need with them, as they will not be able to re-enter the ward if they leave.
One support person is welcome to visit you on the postnatal ward 24 hours a day. There will be no ability to swap this person and visitors should endeavour to remain at bedsides as much as possible.
If you have your labour induced, the same birth partner can be with you to provide support.
On the Neonatal unit, the mother and baby are treated as one, which means the other parent of the baby can visit.
All visitors should wear a face mask, and comply with social distancing and hand sanitisation rules.
Your birth partner will be asked to sign an agreement when they are visiting the ward. This is in addition to the visitor passport that all hospital visitors must have.
For more information
See our maternity service page
Follow @KingsMaternity on Twitter