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Maternity and Obstetrics

Private maternity care services are provided within the Women's Centre at the John Radcliffe Hospital.

We offer the complete range of maternity healthcare services - our doctors, midwives and other clinical staff have expertise in supporting women through high risk and complex pregnancies, as well as through normal births.

Your consultant will provide a complete package of private maternity care that includes antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care. Your consultant will organise all booking arrangements, including arranging anaesthetic and other clinical support, and will also undertake to be present at the birth of your baby.

You will be seen by the physiotherapist to provide advice on exercises that will assist you following the birth of your baby, and a paediatrician will examine your baby before you both go home.

Obstetric diagnostic tests

A full range of maternity ultrasound services are available from consultants specialised in this field, including:

  • nuchal scans
  • anomaly and growth scans
  • transvaginal scans
  • prenatal amniocentesis
  • chorion villus sampling (CVS).

Medical complications in pregnancy

Dr Lucy Mackillop is one of only four obstetric physicians in the country providing advice and support for women with any pre-existing medical condition in pregnancy.

Pregnancy-related conditions

  • Pre-eclampsia
  • Eclampsia
  • HELLP syndrome
  • Pregnancy-induced high blood pressure
  • Obstetric cholestasis
  • Acute fatty liver of pregnancy
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Hyperemesis gravidarum
  • Gestational thrombocytopaenia
  • Antiphospholipid syndrome
  • Peripartum cardiomyopathy

Pre-existing medical problems that can affect pregnancy

  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Renal transplant
  • Reflux nephritis
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Heart value problems
  • Abnormal heart rhythms
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Ischaemic heart disease
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Marfan's syndrome
  • Ehlers Danlos syndrome
  • Asthma
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Primary biliary cirrhosis
  • Primary sclerosing cholangitis
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Sickle cell disease
  • ITP
  • Haemophilia
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolus (PE)
  • Under or over active thyroid
  • Pituitary disease
  • Parathyroid disease
  • Adrenal disease
  • Type 1 and type 2 diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Migraines, stroke or mini stroke (TIA)
  • Idiopathic / benign intracranial hypertension

Medical problems occurring for the first time in pregnancy

  • Palpitations
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Tiredness
  • Joint aches and pains
  • Rashes
  • Headaches
  • Pins and needles

Dr Mackillop also provides advice for women with a history of a medical complication in pregnancy (for example pre-eclampsia, HELLP or obstetric cholestasis) and advises on the risk of this happening in the next pregnancy. Please contact her if you want further information, or suffer from a condition not on the above list.

Private rooms

The following rooms are available, but only a private room can be pre-booked.

Level 7 private room: £450 per night

  • Single en-suite room
  • Coordinated soft furnishings
  • Partners can stay (however, we are unable to provide meals for partners)
  • Fridge
  • Tea / coffee making facilities
  • Nappies / maternity pads / cotton wool provided
  • Can be pre-booked


Level 7 Amenity 2: £255

  • Single en-suite room
  • Coordinated soft furnishings
  • Fridge
  • Please request following delivery

Level 7 Amenity 1: £145

  • Standard NHS single en-suite room
  • Please request following delivery

Level 5/6 Basic Amenity: £112

  • Single NHS room without en-suite
  • Please request following delivery