Mew mum holds her baby while a midwife checks the baby's heartbeat

Maternity

We provide maternity care for around 5,000 mothers and their babies every year. Our maternity services are provided at both the Epsom and St Helier hospitals. Both hospitals have inpatient antenatal (during pregnancy) and postnatal (after the birth) facilities along with midwifery-led birth centre and obstetric-led labour wards.

We provide a full range of maternity services from the start of your pregnancy, through the birth and the early days with your baby, for all women living in our local area. Although every woman’s pregnancy is different, all mothers to be will receive midwifery-led care, usually shared with your GP. Our experienced midwifery teams are here to help you have as an enjoyable pregnancy and birth experience as possible, and to guide you in making the choices that best fit your needs. For those who have any medical or pregnancy complications, there is a team of obstetricians available 24 hours a day.

We take great pride in providing maternity care which is centered on your personal needs and circumstances.    

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In this section you'll find information on:

Maternity services

We are an accredited Baby Friendly unit

Accredited as Baby Friendly by Unicef logo

We are proud to be an accredited Baby Friendly maternity unit, recognising our high standards in encouraging and supporting new mums to bond with their babies and make the best personal choice in how to feed their newborn. For more about the benefits this brings, please visit
www.unicef.org.uk/BabyFriendly (opens in a new window).

The International Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes

As a Baby Friendly unit, we adhere to the World Health Organization's (WHO) International Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes (opens in a new window). The code states that there should be no display or distribution of any materials produced by the manufacturers of breast milk substitutes, bottles, teats or dummies in any part of the healthcare facility.

This requirement is intended to restrict the influence of commercial interests around infant feeding and so protect breastfeeding and bottle-feeding mothers from inaccurate or misleading information.

Key staff

  • Mr Ramesh Ganapathy, Clinical Director for Obstetrics and Consultant Obstetrician
  • Marion Louki, Director of Midwifery and Gynaecology
  • Miss Antoinette Johnson, Clinical Lead for Obstetrics and Consultant Obstetrician
  • Tina Woodford, Consultant Midwife (Epsom)
  • Julia Lidderdale, Consutant Midwife
  • Mary Shewell, Lead Midwife for Clinical Governance
  • Emilie Lacquement, Lead Midwife for Inpatients (St Helier)
  • Diane Weir, Lead Midwife for Inpatients (Epsom)
  • Patience Ohikhena, Lead Midwife for Antenatal and Community (St Helier)
  • Nicola Shepherd, Lead Midwife for Antenatal and Community (Epsom)
  • Michelle Knight, Interim Lead for Normality
  • Infant Feeding Team (07975 232374 or email esth.infantfeedingteam@nhs.net)
  • Carolyn Payne Safeguarding Lead Midwife
  • Community Teams (Epsom): 
    Reception: 01372 736566
    Epsom and Ewell:  01372 6406/6410
    Banstead and Cobham: 01372 5140/6721
  • Community Teams (St Helier) 0208 2962990
  • Home Birth Team:
    Maria Mill Shaw Home Birth Lead Midwife 07975232101
    Pippa Davies 07828224703 
    Nina Johnson 07975232106
    Jill Pidler 07975232102
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Epsom and St Helier Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP)

Our Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP) works with the local maternity staff to improve the maternity care and facilities for patients and babies.

The Epsom and St Helier MVP discusses, challenges and feeds back on local maternity services, aiming to drive continuous improvement and achieve the annual focus (see focus for 2016/17 below).

Members

The Epsom and St Helier MVP is an advisory group made up of professionals and parents working in partnership, including:

  • Representatives from Surrey Downs and Sutton clinical commissioning groups (CCGs)
  • Midwives and doctors involved in Maternity Services
  • Parents from the local community who have used the services in the last five years
  • Members of groups who offer their services to parents and their babies such as National Childbirth Trust (NCT) and Get on Downs.

Some of the work achieved by the Epsom and St Helier MVP

  • Feedback and surveys from mothers who have used the service within the last two years
  • Working with the Trust’s Communication Team to improve the methods and frequency of communication
  • Audits of the maternity department in conjunction with the midwifery staff ‘walk the floor’.

Focus for 2016/17

  • Improving women’s birth experiences
  • Improving communication throughout the services
  • Supporting women to make informed choices about infant feeding
  • Supporting women who face challenges with breastfeeding.

Getting involved

The success of the MVP relies on the diversity and experiences of its members. If you are interested in joining the Epsom and St Helier MVP and care about the future experiences of local mums and their babies and can commit to a two hour meeting every two months then please contact Ann Yardley, Secretary to the MVP, at ann.yardley@esth.nhs.uk. Alternatively you could join the Epsom and St Helier Maternity Voices Facebook group and contribute your views that way.

The MVP is always keen to hear from women and their families who have recently received maternity care from Epsom and St Helier hospitals. To give your feedback anonymously please fill in this short survey (opens in a new window).

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Maternity services

Antenatal

  • St Helier (appointments)
    Tel: 020 8296 2542
  • St Helier (midwives)
    Tel: 020 8296 2972 
  • Epsom
    Tel: 01372 736566

Birth Centre

  • St Helier
    Tel: 020 8296 2050
  • Epsom
    Tel: 01372 735996

Neonatal

  • Neonatal Unit, St Helier
    Tel: 020 8296 2885
  • Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU), Epsom
    Tel: 01372 735279

Maternity Assesment Unit (MATAU/MAU)

  • Epsom:
    Tel: 01372 735264 
  • St Helier:
    020 8296 3124

Wards

Epsom
St Helier

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