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Midwife and baby


We deliver around 11,000 babies each year, at hospital and at home. We believe that women labour best with as little medical interference as possible, in a place where they feel supported, safe and informed, surrounded by those they trust and who care for them.

We provide a wide range of specialist services here in Leicester. In this section you will find links to information covering the many aspects of care provided by our maternity units.

We have specialist maternity units at the Royal Infirmary and the  General Hospital, and a midwife-led unit at St Mary’s Hospital in Melton Mowbray. We also have a dedicated Home Birth Team.

Click here to visit our 'Leicester Maternity website' which provides more information and also an opportunity to register with a Midwife

Maternity Visiting times:

Leicester Royal Infirmary Maternity (2-4pm and 6-8pm)
General Hospital Maternity Unit (2-4pm and 6-8pm) 

Midwives care for women who are ‘low risk’ in the community, while women who experience problems are seen within one of our range of specialist clinics and a plan of care is developed

Some babies born each year in Leicestershire may need our special care. We provide intensive care, high dependency care and transitional care when it is needed. Our neonatal service also has ready access to the ECMO (extra corporeal membrane oxygenation) provision, which is based at Glenfield Hospital. 

More Information:

ECMO - how we can help babies with lung or heart problems

Fertility Services - information about infertility and the treatments available, including costs, procedures, contact details and results

Special baby care  - our services for early babies that need special care

Links to useful websites:

Having a baby - health in pregnancy plus links to other useful information

Healthy Start - pregnant and on benefits or under 18? Get free vouchers for milk, fresh fruit, fresh vegetables and infant formula milk