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Antenatal Services

Antenatal clinic

Smiling woman and midwifeIf you need to attend the hospital clinic there is a comfortable waiting area and a small children's play area.

At the Jonn Radcliffe Hospital a refreshment bar is run by the League of Friends:

  • League of Friends tea bar
    Outpatients Department, Level 1, Women's Centre
  • Monday to Thursday: 10.00am - 4.00pm
  • Friday: 10.00am - 2.00pm

There are vending machines at both hospitals.

If you are unable to attend a hospital appointment please inform that clinic.

For your wellbeing, and for the health of your baby, we would encourage you to attend all your antenatal clinic appointments, either in the hospital with your midwife and/or with the GP. If you have an appointment card please bring this with you.

Maternity Assessment

Day Assessment Unit, Level 6

  • Monday to Friday 8.30am - 5.00pm
    Tel: 01865 221 711/2

Outpatients are seen when referred by community midwives, GPs or other hospital departments.

Maternity Assessment Unit (MAU), Level 2

  • Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week
    Tel: 01865 220 221

We see women coming to the Women's Centre in labour who are planning to have their babies on the Delivery Suite. We also see women at other stages of their pregnancy, if they are referred by their community midwife or GP.

You may be referred to the MAU in pregnancy if your community midwife has any concerns about you or your baby's health. The community midwife will ensure that the MAU phone number is in your hand-held notes, and tell you which issues you will need to talk to us about if they arise in your pregnancy. Please contact the MAU directly if you have concerns in the evening, at nights or at the weekend.

Our midwives talk to women on the phone and may invite them to come in to be assessed if they are in labour or if they have any concerns.

We do have to prioritise care for those in most need, so it is a good idea to bring something to read while you wait to be seen. Our receptionist staff and midwives will keep you updated, but if you are worried about the waiting time, please do speak to the staff on duty.

Women in labour may be assessed by midwives on the MAU, and then transferred to the most suitable birth environment or discharged home. If there are any concerns or complications, they will be reviewed by a doctor.

Labour and birth

There is a lot of information about what happens during labour and birth on the NHS Choices website.

We should make you aware that Oxford University Hospitals does not support the collection of private umbilical cord blood / stem cell collections on any of its premises. For further explanation and details, please read the letter at the link below.

Vaginal Birth After Caesarean Clinic (VBAC)

John Radcliffe Hospital and Horton General Hospital.

A VBAC clinic has been developed to encourage accurate information for women making decisions on subsequent births.

Antenatal Mindfulness - Mindful Birth Workshops

Four week course run by Mindfulness Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) trained Oxford Midwives.

For more information, or to register, please email: sian.warriner@ouh.nhs.uk

No course fee (optional £20 for recommended course book and CD).