Maternity & Parenting
Maternity services at our MSE hospitals
Our maternity staff across our mid and south Essex hospitals are committed to providing high quality maternity care for women and their families during pregnancy, labour and after the birth of their baby. Please complete a self referral form once your pregnancy has been confirmed. Once the form has been completed please submit your application, all tests and appointments will then be sent.
The Breastfeeding Network
The Breastfeeding Network (BfN) aims to be an independent source of support and information for breastfeeding women and others.
0300 100 0212
NCT – 1st 1,000days New Parent Support
Our mission is to support parents through the first 1,000 days, to have the best possible experience of pregnancy, birth and early parenthood.
0300 330 0700
Working to give every child the best start in life We work to inform and empower parents who want to maximise their children's long-term development and well-being.
The Healthier Together programme relies upon patients and healthcare professionals working together to improve how local healthcare is delivered. The website provide advice for parents, young people and pregnant women, and clinical resources to support healthcare professionals – which means that your child is likely to receive consistently high-quality care, irrespective of which healthcare professional they see.
Bliss – for babies born premature or sick
Our vision is that every baby born premature or sick in the UK has the best chance of survival and quality of life.
020 7378 1122
Tommy’s advice – Together, for every baby
If you've decided you're ready to start a family, find out how to get pregnant and some of the lifestyle changes that might help you.
Pregnancy due date calculator
The calculator on this page can help you work out when you might expect your baby to arrive.
Your pregnancy and baby guide
Am I pregnant? What should I be eating? Is it normal to be this tired? How can I help my partner during labour?Whatever you want to know about getting pregnant, being pregnant or caring for your new baby, you should find it here.
Planning your pregnancy
You can improve your chances of getting pregnant and having a healthy pregnancy by following the steps and advice provided by NHS UK.
Find Maternity Services
Access the website link below, enter a location below to continue or browse all locations. You can also narrow your search.
Having regular antenatal appointments is really important in pregnancy. Some of the tests and measurements have to be done at specific times, and your midwife will give you information as your pregnancy progresses. The midwife’s priority is for you and your baby to get the care and attention you need. Your appointments are also a chance to talk about how you feel physically and emotionally and to ask anything, however small, about your pregnancy.
Baby crying is normal, you can cope. Please follow the ICON guidance for coping with crying.
The Lullaby Trust
The Lullaby Trust raises awareness of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), provides expert advice on safer sleep for babies and offers emotional support for bereaved families.
0808 802 6868
The National Childbirth Trust
Their mission is to support parents through the first 1,000 days, to have the best possible experience of pregnancy, birth and early parenthood.
0300 330 0700
TAMBA (Twins and Multiple Births Association)
Tamba is a UK based charity helping people around the world. They were set up by parents of multiples and interested professionals in 1978.
01252 332 344
BabyCentre® reaches more than 45 million mums globally each month in nine different languages, including eight in 10 new and expecting mums online in the UK.
Baby Buddy App
Baby Buddy is an award winning mobile phone app for new parents and parents-to-be, created by mums, doctors and midwives.