Additional Services

We are pleased to provide additional services to coincide with your personalised care package during pregnancy up to and after birth.

A Non-Invasive Prenatal Test (NIPT) is a DNA-based test for three chromosomal disorders: Down’s syndrome (trisomy21) Edward’s syndrome (trisomy 18) Patau syndrome (trisomy 13). When you are pregnant, your blood contains fragments of your baby’s DNA which can be tested for these conditions.

The test analyses this DNA in a sample of your blood to assess the risk of these conditions. Conventional screening offered on the NHS will detect approximately 70-80% of affected pregnancies. The Kensington Wing has a specialist screening midwife who will support you throughout the test and results.

Tests are available for patients booked both on the NHS and privately for £375 on The Kensington Wing. A test can be carried out as early as 10 weeks in pregnancy with results available within five working days.

Book a NIPT

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We are able to offer external ultrasound scans to examine your heart or your unborn baby’s heart in your womb.

If you choose consultant-led care, you will receive routine scans as part of your pregnancy package but for midwife-led care and additional scans, these  are available upon request, which are subject to an additional cost.

We offer a range of scans throughout your pregnancy:

  • The Dating Scan occurs between 8 to 14 weeks of pregnancy. This is used to see how far along in your pregnancy you are and to check your baby's development.
  • The Nuchal Translucency Scan occurs between 11 and 13 weeks of pregnancy. It is designed to identify women whose pregnancies are at high risk of having Down’s Syndrome. It is not a diagnostic test.
  • The Anomaly Scan usually occurs between 19 and 21 weeks of pregnancy. It is designed to check that your baby is developing normally.
  • We are also able to offer wellbeing scans and have a specialist screening midwife who is able to support you with any prenatal screening requirements you may have throughout your journey.

These are currently held on Wednesday evenings at The Westminster Wing at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

Book a scan

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We are able to provide fetal monitoring throughout your pregnancy. We will check the baby's heart rate and rhythm of heartbeats, and other functions. Fetal monitoring can be carried out during pregnancy or labour.

Book an investigation

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Your midwife or doctor will explain why they are carrying out blood tests. They are commonly carried out at the booking appointment and around 28 weeks to determine blood group, rhesus status, whether you have infections or illnesses such as hepatitis, HIV, syphilis or to determine immunity to rubella, to test for blood conditions such as anaemia, sickle cell anaemia or thalassaemia, track iron levels during pregnancy and signs of gestational diabetes.

Book comprehensive blood tests

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Our antenatal classes are delivered by expert midwives from the Kensington Wing Midwifery Led Care team and a breastfeeding specialist midwife. Classes can be booked individually or as a package of 5 classes. We recommend that you attend all 5 classes to gain the full depth of knowledge, in preparation for your baby’s arrival. It is advised that the first class is attended by the mother only.

Price:
1 class: £80
5 classes: £375

Location: The Kensington Wing, Floor 3, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, 369 Fulham Road, SW10 9NH.

Time: 5:45pm – 7:45pm (ending time can vary)

Upcoming dates: Mondays

Class schedule

Class One: Mother’s Body in Pregnancy and Beyond (accordion within an accordion or a separate webpage with accordion?)

  • Your body during pregnancy
  • Your body after baby
  • Self-care

This class is recommended for mothers only as you will have a chance to talk about the most intimate parts of your body.

Class Two: Labour Part One

  • Signs of labour and when to come into hospital
  • Stages of labour and what to expect
  • Positions for labour

This class is open to mothers and birthing partners.

Class Three: Labour Part Two

  • Home vs. hospital methods of pain relief
  • Self-help method
  • Birth partner involvement

This class is open to mothers and birthing partners.

Class Four: Other Outcomes

  • Possible complications
  • Induction of labour/Caesarean section

This class is open to mothers and birthing partners. Now that you have completed your pregnancy classes your midwife will talk you through writing your birth preference. We will give you a template to do complete for your to share with your consultant.

Class Five: Baby Feeding And Care

  • Your baby’s body and how to care for them
  • Breastfeeding
  • Bottle feeding
  • Breast pumping
  • Safe Sleeping

Book antenatal classes

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On the first Monday of every month, we host a water birth workshop between 1pm and 2pm.

Price: £105

Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Location: The Kensington Wing, Floor 3, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, 369 Fulham Road, SW10 9NH.

Book your place at a water birth workshop

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For nutrition guidance, we advise that you speak with your doctor first and qualified nutritionists who specialise in pregnancy nutrition. Here are some useful resources:

The NHS: Have a healthy diet in pregnancy

Tommy’s: Nutrition in pregnancy

WHO: Nutrition and pregnancy

British Nutrition Foundation: nutrition for Pregnancy

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We have partnered with Future Health Biobank to offer cord blood collection services at The Kensington Wing. The umbilical cord is a rich source of valuable cells. The placenta is collected after birth, banked and used in the future to manage over 85 diseases and conditions. Trained phlebotomists can collect the precious cord blood sample from your baby’s umbilical cord in a completely safe and non-invasive way, to ensure that your child has a potential lifeline if they ever need it. Find out more.

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After the birth of your baby, a team of professionals including midwives, maternity support workers, physiotherapists and specialist consultants (obstetricians and paediatricians) will be available to provide you with the care and support that you and your baby need.

Your baby’s routine postnatal check will be carried out by one of our experienced neonatal consultants, who will always be happy to answer any questions you might have.

The midwives you have come to know on your journey through pregnancy will be on hand, together with maternity support workers, to provide essential advice and tips, from help with bathing and changing your baby to feeding support. The team will also be there to support you in developing a close mother-baby relationship.

They will be available 24 hours a day to ensure that both you and your baby are comfortable, and to provide any guidance you may need.

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Our care does not stop when you leave hospital. We offer an exclusive community postnatal package, providing you with continuity of care at times that suit you. This includes a dedicated visit at home from a midwife within 48 hours after you leave hospital. Please note this is subject to meeting catchment area criteria.

Community Postnatal Package

We offer a bespoke community postnatal package to accompany you during the first months postpartum. This package will include up to five midwife visits to support you as you transition into parenthood. The following visits are included as a minimum:

  • A visit 24 hours after leaving The Kensington Wing
  • A visit around day five, when we will do your baby’s heel prick test and weigh the baby
  • Two flexible visits, as required, between days 10–14 as you and your baby transition to continued care from your local health visitor

During all your visits, the midwife will:

  • Check your baby’s weight
  • Offer important breastfeeding or bottle-feeding support for those first few days and weeks at home
  • Offer flexibility with the timing of your postnatal visits, so they can fit in seamlessly with your routine
  • Provide midwife visits to provide you with the benefits of continuity of care. We are able to take as much time at your appointment as needed to support you in your transition back into life at home with your new baby.

Should you not wish to continue your community postnatal care privately we can refer you back to the NHS postnatal community service.

Book your postnatal community midwife visits

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Every patient experiences pregnancy differently, so we provide a 1 to 1 physiotherapy assessment with a women’s health physiotherapist who will see you after the birth to give you advice on personalised exercises. You are likely to experience aches and pains during and after pregnancy. Your pelvic floor muscles, bladder and bowels may alter. Your body will also need time to recover following a C-section.

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A non-invasive prenatal test (NIPT) is a DNA-based test for three chromosomal disorders: Down’s syndrome (trisomy21) Edward’s syndrome (trisomy 18) Patau syndrome (trisomy 13). When you are pregnant, your blood contains fragments of your baby’s DNA which can be tested for these conditions.

The test analyses this DNA in a sample of your blood to assess the risk of these conditions. Conventional screening offered on the NHS will detect approximately 70-80% of affected pregnancies. The Kensington Wing has a specialist screening midwife who will support you throughout the test and results.

Tests are available for patients booked both on the NHS and privately for £375 on The Kensington Wing. A test can be carried out as early as 10 weeks in pregnancy with results available within five working days.

Book a NIPT

Non-Invasive Prenatal Pest (NIPT)

A non-invasive prenatal test (NIPT) is a DNA-based test for three chromosomal disorders: Down’s syndrome (trisomy21) Edward’s syndrome (trisomy 18) Patau syndrome (trisomy 13). When you are pregnant, your blood contains fragments of your baby’s DNA which can be tested for these conditions.

The test analyses this DNA in a sample of your blood to assess the risk of these conditions. Conventional screening offered on the NHS will detect approximately 70-80% of affected pregnancies. The Kensington Wing has a specialist screening midwife who will support you throughout the test and results.

Tests are available for patients booked both on the NHS and privately for £375 on The Kensington Wing. A test can be carried out as early as 10 weeks in pregnancy with results available within five working days.

Book a NIPT

We are able to offer external ultrasound scans to examine your heart or your unborn baby’s heart in your womb.

If you choose consultant-led care, you will receive routine scans as part of your pregnancy package but for midwife-led care and additional scans, these  are available upon request, which are subject to an additional cost.

We offer a range of scans throughout your pregnancy:

  • The Dating Scan occurs between 8 to 14 weeks of pregnancy. This is used to see how far along in your pregnancy you are and to check your baby’s development.
  • The Nuchal Translucency Scan occurs between 11 and 13 weeks of pregnancy. It is designed to identify women whose pregnancies are at high risk of having Down’s Syndrome. It is not a diagnostic test.
  • The Anomaly Scan usually occurs between 19 and 21 weeks of pregnancy. It is designed to check that your baby is developing normally.
  • We are also able to offer wellbeing scans and have a specialist screening midwife who is able to support you with any prenatal screening requirements you may have throughout your journey.

These are currently held on Wednesday evenings at The Westminster Wing at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

Book a scan

Your midwife or doctor will explain why they are carrying out blood tests. They are commonly carried out at the booking appointment and around 28 weeks to determine blood group, rhesus status, whether you have infections or illnesses such as hepatitis, HIV, syphilis or to determine immunity to rubella, to test for blood conditions such as anaemia, sickle cell anaemia or thalassaemia, track iron levels during pregnancy and signs of gestational diabetes.

Book comprehensive blood tests

 

We are able to provide fetal monitoring throughout your pregnancy. We will check the baby’s heart rate and rhythm of heartbeats, and other functions. Fetal monitoring can be carried out during pregnancy or labour.

Book an investigation

Our antenatal classes are delivered by expert midwives from the Kensington Wing Midwifery Led Care team and a breastfeeding specialist midwife. Classes can be booked individually or as a package of 5 classes. We recommend that you attend all 5 classes to gain the full depth of knowledge, in preparation for your baby’s arrival. It is advised that the first class is attended by the mother only.

Price:
1 class: £80
5 classes: £375

Location: The Kensington Wing, Floor 3, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, 369 Fulham Road, SW10 9NH.

Time: 5:45pm – 7:45pm (ending time can vary)

Upcoming dates: Mondays

Class schedule

Class One: Mother’s Body in Pregnancy and Beyond (accordion within an accordion or a separate webpage with accordion?)

  • Your body during pregnancy
  • Your body after baby
  • Self-care

This class is recommended for mothers only as you will have a chance to talk about the most intimate parts of your body.

Class Two: Labour Part One

  • Signs of labour and when to come into hospital
  • Stages of labour and what to expect
  • Positions for labour

This class is open to mothers and birthing partners.

Class Three: Labour Part Two

  • Home vs. hospital methods of pain relief
  • Self-help method
  • Birth partner involvement

This class is open to mothers and birthing partners.

Class Four: Other Outcomes

  • Possible complications
  • Induction of labour/Caesarean section

This class is open to mothers and birthing partners. Now that you have completed your pregnancy classes your midwife will talk you through writing your birth preference. We will give you a template to do complete for your to share with your consultant.

Class Five: Baby Feeding And Care

  • Your baby’s body and how to care for them
  • Breastfeeding
  • Bottle feeding
  • Breast pumping
  • Safe Sleeping

Book antenatal classes

On the first Monday of every month, we host a water birth workshop between 1pm and 2pm.

Price: £105

Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Location: The Kensington Wing, Floor 3, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, 369 Fulham Road, SW10 9NH.

Book your place at a water birth workshop

Our midwives are trained to support parents who are expecting alongside their pregnancy care. For more specialised support in the form of counselling and therapies, patients can access information and guidance from the following organisations:

For expectant women:

The NHS: Mental health problems and pregnancy

Mind: Postnatal depression and perinatal mental health

PANDAS Foundation gives support to people coping with Pre and Postnatal Mental Illnesses, as well as their families, friends and carers.

Tommy’s: Getting help and support with mental health

Royal College of Psychiatrists: Mental health in pregnancy

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gyaecologists: Patient Information

SANDS: The stillbirth and neonatal death charity

For pregnancy partners and dads:

National Childbirth Trust: Postnatal depression in dads: 10 things you should know

Fathers Reaching Out

Depression as a new dad

Dads Matter UK

Father’s network

For nutrition guidance, we advise that you speak with your doctor first and qualified nutritionists who specialise in pregnancy nutrition. Here are some useful resources:

The NHS: Have a healthy diet in pregnancy

Tommy’s: Nutrition in pregnancy

WHO: Nutrition and pregnancy

British Nutrition Foundation: nutrition for Pregnancy

Umbilical Cord Blood Collection

We have partnered with Future Health Biobank to offer cord blood collection services at The Kensington Wing. The umbilical cord is a rich source of valuable cells. The placenta is collected after birth, banked and used in the future to manage over 85 diseases and conditions. Trained phlebotomists can collect the precious cord blood sample from your baby’s umbilical cord in a completely safe and non-invasive way, to ensure that your child has a potential lifeline if they ever need it. Find out more.

After the birth of your baby, a team of professionals including midwives, maternity support workers, physiotherapists and specialist consultants (obstetricians and paediatricians) will be available to provide you with the care and support that you and your baby need.

Your baby’s routine postnatal check will be carried out by one of our experienced neonatal consultants, who will always be happy to answer any questions you might have.

The midwives you have come to know on your journey through pregnancy will be on hand, together with maternity support workers, to provide essential advice and tips, from help with bathing and changing your baby to feeding support. The team will also be there to support you in developing a close mother-baby relationship.

They will be available 24 hours a day to ensure that both you and your baby are comfortable, and to provide any guidance you may need.

Our care does not stop when you leave hospital. We offer an exclusive community postnatal package, providing you with continuity of care at times that suit you. This includes a dedicated visit at home from a midwife within 48 hours after you leave hospital. Please note this is subject to meeting catchment area criteria.

Community Postnatal Package

We offer a bespoke community postnatal package to accompany you during the first months postpartum. This package will include up to five midwife visits to support you as you transition into parenthood. The following visits are included as a minimum:

  • A visit 24 hours after leaving The Kensington Wing
  • A visit around day five, when we will do your baby’s heel prick test and weigh the baby
  • Two flexible visits, as required, between days 10–14 as you and your baby transition to continued care from your local health visitor

During all your visits, the midwife will:

  • Check your baby’s weight
  • Offer important breastfeeding or bottle-feeding support for those first few days and weeks at home
  • Offer flexibility with the timing of your postnatal visits, so they can fit in seamlessly with your routine
  • Provide midwife visits to provide you with the benefits of continuity of care. We are able to take as much time at your appointment as needed to support you in your transition back into life at home with your new baby.

Should you not wish to continue your community postnatal care privately we can refer you back to the NHS postnatal community service.

Book your postnatal community midwife visits

Every patient experiences pregnancy differently, so we provide a 1 to 1 physiotherapy assessment with a women’s health physiotherapist who will see you after the birth to give you advice on personalised exercises. You are likely to experience aches and pains during and after pregnancy. Your pelvic floor muscles, bladder and bowels may alter. Your body will also need time to recover following a C-section.

All private care income is reinvested into our NHS services.The Kensington Wing is part of Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust.© 2020 Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust.