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Wantage Maternity Unit

Wantage Maternity Unit is one of four free-standing midwifery-led units (MLU) in Oxfordshire.

About us

Our friendly and experienced team of midwives and maternity support workers (MSW) can provide all aspects of maternity care.

An MLU is a unit run by experienced midwives and maternity support workers.

They are supported by colleagues from the community midwifery teams and provide care 24-hours a day, seven days a week, for women and birthing people choosing to birth their babies in an MLU setting.

We offer care to families from across the Vale of White Horse, including:

  • Wantage
  • Abingdon
  • Faringdon
  • Southmoor

and all the surrounding villages.

We also visit families at home and run regular antenatal clinics in local GP surgeries.

If you would like to give birth at Wantage Maternity Unit, please contact the midwifery team to discuss this.

The Wantage midwifery team also delivers antenatal and postnatal care.


If you have a straightforward pregnancy, with no medical or obstetric problems, and go into labour between 37 and 42 weeks, you are welcome to give birth at Wantage.

We have two delivery rooms, one of which has a large birthing pool for labour and delivery, and we encourage you to personalise them as much as you wish.

Postnatal care

Provided you have no complications, you can expect to go home several hours after the birth of your baby.

We will arrange all your ongoing postnatal care, including giving you contact numbers for more information and advice on feeding and safe sleeping.

We will offer you a home visit for your initial postnatal check, and the midwife who visits you will discuss your care and arrange all your other appointments with you.


"Having my son here was the best decision I made! Every one of the staff here could not do enough for us the whole way through! The unit itself is very calming and welcoming and my son's birth was made easier and more relaxing by the midwives present. An amazing experience all round and I'd recommend anyone to use this fabulous unit!"

"Had my baby boy eight months ago here and it was the easiest birth out of both my two. It was just me, my partner and the midwife team there and it was the most calm atmosphere (that labour and birth can be) the midwife I had was amazing and was so calm throughout my birth made me feel so at ease. Would highly recommend this place to have babies. I will be having any future babies I have here if I can."

Contact us

Wantage Maternity Unit
Garston Lane
Wantage OX12 7AS

Tel: 01865 904832

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Last reviewed:19 September 2023