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Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Women's Services

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Community services and units

Community midwives

Midwives are grouped into teams based in community hospitals or appropriate local settings. All midwives are linked to a GP practice.

Women with straightforward pregnancies will receive all their antenatal care from their midwife or GP locally.

Due to the rural nature of parts of Oxfordshire, it depends where the community team is based as to whether they are able to support women during their delivery.

If, for geographical reasons, this is not an option, women can choose to use a community hospital unit or plan to give birth at home.

Community teams are based at:

  • Abingdon
  • Bicester
  • Chipping Norton
  • Didcot
  • Oxford City
  • Wallingford
  • Wantage
  • Witney
  • Carterton
  • Thame

Contact us

You can contact community midwives via the hospitals or your GP.

  • Community Midwives Office, Level 7: 01865 221696
    Monday to Thursday 9.00am - 2.00pm (no answerphone)
  • Blenheim Team Midwives: 01865 220457 (answerphone)
  • Isis Team Midwives: 01865 779284 (answerphone)

For urgent maternity advice, contact the Maternity Assessment Unit: 01865 220221

Community midwifery-led units

We have two small community midwifery-led units which provide midwifery care to around 600 women during their antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal periods.Women who give birth in hospital may stay at the Wallingford Birth Centre for their postnatal care if beds are available.

All our community midwifery units have water birth facilities, and generally care is offered in more relaxed, homely surroundings.

There is no obstetric cover for these units: women requiring obstetric intervention are transferred to the John Radcliffe Hospital, accompanied by a midwife.

Cotswold Birth Centre

Visiting hours

  • 10.00am - 12.00pm open visiting
  • 3.00pm - 6.00pm open visiting
  • 6.00pm - 8.00pm partners only

Wantage Maternity Unit

Wallingford Birth Centre

  • Wallingford Birth Centre
    Reading Road
    Oxfordshire OX10 9DU
  • Tel: 01491 826037 (Maternity Unit)
  • Tel: 01491 208500 (hospital switchboard)
  • On-site and disabled parking available

Horton Midwifery-led Unit