If you need advice and are pregnant and currently receiving care at the PRUH, have just given birth at the PRUH, or have had a home birth with the PRUH:

Urgent queries (24 hours a day, 7 days a week): Maternity Telephone Assessment Line 01689 863 572

Non-urgent queries (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm): contact your community midwife team:

Baby movements

You should become aware of your baby’s movements between weeks 16 to 24. However, if this is your first pregnancy, you may not become aware until around 20 weeks. 

These movements may feel like a flutter, swish, roll, or kicks. As they grow, the number and type of movements will change, and a pattern may develop. Typically, babies are most active during the afternoon and evenings. They have sleep patterns where they don’t move during both day and night for about 20 to 40 minutes (and rarely up to 90 minutes).  

The number of movements tends to increase until 32 weeks and then stay about the same. As you near your due date, movements may change. Even during labour, you should feel your baby moving.  

If you notice that your baby is moving less than usual, you cannot feel their movements anymore, or their usual pattern of movement changes, call immediately. Do not wait 

Our Maternity Assessment and Triage unit operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and your midwife will advise you if they need to check your baby’s movements and heartbeat. Reduced movements could mean your baby is unwell. Call our Maternity Helpline on 01689 863 572. Our midwives will be available to help, even in the middle of the night. 

More information about fetal movements

Other useful contact details

Maternity Ward

Delivery Suite

Oasis Birth Centre

Harris Birthright Centre

Special Care Baby Unit

Orpington Hospital

Orpington community administrator: 01689 864 818

Orpington antenatal clinic: 01689 863 560

Queen Mary’s Hospital (QMS)

QMS community appointments: 020 3910 7290

Beckenham Beacon

Beckenham Beacon community administrator: 01689 866 640

Beckenham Beacon receptionist: 01689 866 603

Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)

(PALS) offers support, information and assistance to patients, relatives and visitors. They can also provide help and advice if you have a concern or complaint that staff have not been able to resolve for you.

Friends and Family feedback

You can tell us what you did and didn’t like about your care by completing the Friends and Family feedback form, it only takes a couple of minutes and you can comment on your antenatal, birth and postnatal ward or postnatal community care.