Maternity services

We provide maternity care for nearly 6000 women and their babies each year, during pregnancy, labour, birth and up until one month after birth.

During and after pregnancy, we offer both midwifery-led and consultant-led care and our teams are multidisciplinary which means all the care you need is provided within the maternity wards.

Our midwives look after women at the hospital antenatal clinic, at local GP surgeries and children’s centres.

We provide a home birth service and hospital-based care during labour and birth. In addition, Homerton is a leading regional neonatal centre and we will be able to provide the highest quality specialist care for your baby after birth if needed.

Please note we are a teaching hospital and as such students work alongside qualified practioners in providing your care. You will be asked for your consent for the student to be present or participate in your care.   

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NHS maternity care entitlement and charges

Some women may be asked to pay for their care. However, maternity care will not be refused or delayed for any woman, whether or not you are able to pay for your care.

Where women are eligible for charges, we can arrange affordable payment plans according to your circumstances. It is very important for yours and your baby’s health that you receive care during your pregnancy, birth and afterwards.

If you are worried about NHS maternity care charges, you can view information about whether this would apply to you via the Maternity Action website or by calling their maternity rights advice helpline for independent legal advice on: 0808 802 0057 (Freephone) Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri 10 am – 1 pm.

You can also contact our maternity helpline on 0208 510 5955 10am - 6pm daily to speak confidentially to a midwife, or email our consultant midwife to discuss this via

Please do not let worries about charges put you off seeking maternity care. Maternity care will never be refused or delayed for any woman, whether or not you are able to pay for your care.

Staff and hours


   Telephone Opening hours
Maternity Helpline 020 8510 5955 Every day,10am - 6pm
Antenatal clinic 020 8510 7175 Monday - Friday, 8am - 4pm
Delivery suite 020 8510 7351/7352 Every day, 24 hours
Templar Ward 020 8510 7541 /7561 Every day, 24 hours
Community midwifery 020 8510 5761 Monday - Sunday, 9am - 4pm
Fetal Medicine 020 8510 7291 / 7597 Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm

Shirley Peterson
Deputy chief nurse and head of midwifery
tel: 020 8510 5767

Sarah Latham
Deputy head of midwifery
tel: 020 8510 7404

Mr Yinka Akinfewa
Associate medical director, consultant obstetrician/gynaecologist and lead consultant for fetal medicine
Mr Ademola Kejoku
Clinical lead for obstetrics, consultant obstetrician/gynaecologist, lead consultant for emergency obstetric unit, audit and guidelines 

Gitty Blum
Matron for delivery suite, emergency obstetric unit and triage
tel: 020 8510 7350

Tracy Beason
Matron for community midwifery and Homerton birth centre
tel: 07747 457 354

Ruth Stocks
Matron for maternity wards, antenatal clinic, antenatal and newborn screening
tel: 020 8510 7350

Sumayyah Bilal
Named midwife for Safegaurding

Ella Hill Behari
Lead clinical midwife specialist, fetal medicine unit

Philippa Cox
Consultant midwife
tel: 020 8510 7046

Tamsin Bicknell
Consultant midwife, Public Health
tel: 020 8510 7715

Esther Boye
Professional Midwifery Advocate & Practice Educator
tel: 020 8510 5147

Senior midwives
A senior midwife is available 24 hours a day and is contactable via the hospital switchboard 020 8510 5555. 

Philosophy of care

Our philosophy of care is based on respect for pregnancy as a state of health and childbirth as a normal, healthy, physiological process. 

Pregnancy and birth are very significant events in a woman’s life and that of her family. The care we provide will aim to respect the diversity of women’s needs and the variety of personal and cultural values that women, families and communities bring to these events. Care will be continuous, personal and responsive to a woman’s health, social and emotional needs.

We aim to keep women informed at all times of the progress of their pregnancy and likewise any issues that arise during their care. We will encourage decision-making as a shared responsibility between the woman, her family and her care givers. To facilitate this, care provision must include evidence based information, education and counselling support to enable the woman to make informed choices.