Congratulations on your pregnancy. Did you know you can self-refer into the maternity service by clicking the following link:

Self-Referral form

If you can’t access the link, and live in Sandwell, please contact your local children’s centre (family hubs) by clicking the following link or your GP. If you live in Birmingham, please contact your GP. 

Having a baby can be an exciting and scary time. No matter what the circumstances of your pregnancy, you can be assured of the very best of care. Our maternity services help women reach informed decisions about their care throughout their pregnancy.

Maternity care is generally divided into two categories:

Low risk care is offered where any previous births and general health have been problem-free. Expecting mothers are managed throughout their pregnancies by midwives.

Combined care is provided where a medical condition exists that may need additional monitoring. Care is shared between a midwife and a consultant obstetrician (a doctor who specialises in pregnancy and childbirth).

All women and their families will be treated with kindness, respect and dignity. The views, beliefs and values of women, their partners and family in relation to their care and that of their babies will be sought and respected at all times.

We offer a wide range of services to meet individual needs. These include interpreters for women whose first language is not English. 

Choosing where to have your baby

Having a baby is a natural event in life, and you should consider giving birth where you feel most comfortable and in control. You may find it helpful to talk to your midwife, or to other parents and support groups.

It’s important that you feel as relaxed as possible when you give birth, as the pain can feel worse if you are tense or anxious. When you have your baby in hospital you may use rooms with home-like surroundings or bring pillows or other items to make you feel more comfortable.

At City Hospital, the Serenity Midwifery Birth Centre is a purpose-built facility that looks and feels homely to make women feel comfortable and relaxed.

For more information about disabled access for this service, please click here.

Community Midwives
Community midwives provide care before birth (antenatal), during birth (intrapartum) and after birth (postnatal) to all pregnant women in Sandwell and West Birmingham.

When you give birth in hospital, a midwife will be with you when you are in labour. Midwives provide antenatal care in many locations, including at Aston Pride Community Health Centre, GP surgeries and children’s centres (family hubs). Postnatal care can be provided at home, in a nearby clinic or over the phone. 

Antenatal Classes
Learning about being a parent and preparing for birth are important parts of pregnancy, so we provide a range of sessions to help you. Groups meet weekly either in hospital, health centres or children’s centres and discuss pregnancy, birth and childcare. Each meeting lasts about two hours, and covers topics like:

  • Preparing for birth
  • Pain relief during labour
  • Infant feeding and baby care
  • Financial benefits and child development.

Additional sessions are provided for women and their partners who are expecting multiple births, for teenage mums-to-be, for those with special needs, or women who need one-to-one support. Sessions are also available for women who do not speak English.

Following the birth of your baby, all parents who attended antenatal classes are invited back for a reunion.

If you attend antenatal classes at City Hospital you will be given the opportunity to take a tour of the Maternity Unit.

Screening & Blood Tests
During your pregnancy you will have blood tests at various stages to check on your health, and that of your baby. You will be given information leaflets beforehand that explain the tests, and you can also discuss them with your midwife before accepting them. See patient information tab for more details.

Day Assessment Unit
In the Day Assessment Unit we care for women who need extra care. This allows us to monitor patients closely but without having to admit them into hospital. The number of visits will differ for each person, according to their needs. The Day Assessment Unit is on the maternity unit, second floor at City Hospital. Opening hours are 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday.

The Delivery Suite
The Delivery Suite provides a comfortable environment for you to give birth in. A midwife will take care of you throughout your labour. You will find birthing balls, mats, birthing stools and other equipment that enables you to remain active during labour.

Here you will receive continuous combined care from a midwife and obstetrician (a doctor who specialises in pregnancy and childbirth) if needed.

On arrival to our maternity unit, you will go through to our triage, where you will be assessed by a midwife to see whether you are in labour. If you are, you will be admitted to the Delivery Suite. If not, a decision will be made by a doctor or midwife as to whether you should remain in hospital or return home. If you’re not in labour or if you are in early labour, you will probably be much more comfortable at home relaxing and sleeping when you can. You can always ring up for advice and assessment when to come back.

A room with a birthing pool is available.

Serenity Birth Centre
The Serenity Midwifery Birth Centre at City Hospital is run by experienced midwives and for low-risk births. They offer a comfortable environment and  near to the delivery suite but is not part of it. The facility looks and feels homely – not like a hospital – helping you to relax.

Midwives offer support, encouragement and care for women who have a normal labour. This includes offering different ways to cope, such as trying different positions, relaxing, using water, or aromatherapy. You may eat and drink light food and move around as you feel comfortable. You should be able to go home within a few hours after giving birth.

Women who use Serenity find they need less pain relief and are more likely to have a normal birth.

The birth centre does not provide epidurals (powerful anaesthetics) or provide caesarean sections.

Postnatal services
Following birth we try to make sure that all mothers have time with their newborn baby as soon as possible. This applies to all births including those born by caesarean section. Your midwife will discuss this with you during your labour.

After you have had some time to recover in the delivery suite, you will be prepared for going home. If all is well you can go home within as little as six hours, but certainly on the same day. If you had a complicated labour or a caesarean section we may ask you to stay longer. If this is the case you’ll be moved onto our postnatal ward. You will be checked over by a doctor or midwife before you go home.

Your baby will be offered a hearing test, although you can return to have this done later. Sometimes babies need immediate vaccinations (injections to protect against disease) or other tests, and these will all be arranged.

Neonatal Unit
The Neonatal Unit looks after ill or premature babies. For more information go to


We are providing a single point of access for all maternity referrals in the in Sandwell and West Birmingham area. The aim is to make sure you have access to the right care from day one. We will triage your referral based on the information you provide and the hospital will contact you to start your antenatal care. In the meantime if you are worried about your pregnancy, please tell your GP straight away.

Virtual Tour of Serenity Suite

Patient Information Leaflets

Maternity Care Guide 
Isolating at Home Guide
Ward Visiting Information (ML6316)

COVID-19 and pregnancy (ML6472)
A guide to feeding your baby
After the birth of your baby ML7363
Breast care with established milk supply following the loss of your baby
Breast care following the loss of your baby (ML5766)
Change Lives Save Lives – Your passport to a smoke free journey (ML6577)

Choosing where to give birth to your baby 
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) in pregnancy
Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit – Methotrexate treatment for ectopic pregnancy (ML6283)

Hand Expression
Giving birth after a previous caesarean section ML5106
Giving birth by caesarean section ML5103
Giving birth when your baby is in breech position at the end of your pregnancy

How to use the Breast Pump Equipment
How to Sterilise feeding equipment
Induction of labour

Keeping healthy during pregnancy ML5947
Large for Gestational Age Baby (ML6447)
Low dose Aspirin 150 mg in pregnancy (ML6411)
Membrane Sweep ML5104

Microwave steam steriliser bags
Monitoring your baby during labour
Perineal tears
Protecting your baby from low blood glucose ML5989

Vitamin K supplement for newborns

Welcome to theatres ML6531
What is Badgernet
What to do if your baby is struggling to breastfeed in the first few days of life (ML6333)
Your antenatal appointments ML5946

Your waters have broken but your labour hasn’t started yet ML5102


Screening tests for you and your baby (STFYAYB) – via GOV.UK
This discusses which tests are available during pregnancy and after your baby has been born. Screening tests are always a choice.

English versionEnglish video, hardcoded subtitles version and British Sign Language video.

Also available in: Arabic (video), Bengali (video), Chinese (video), French (video), Latvian (video), Lithuanian (video), Polish (video), Portuguese (video), Punjabi (video), Romanian (video), Somali (video), Urdu (video)

Our leaflets are now available in other languages, please click on the links provided below to read the leaflets in your preferred language:

Choosing where to give birth to your baby (Bengali Translation)
Keeping healthy during pregnancy (Bengali Translation)
Labour, What happens and how it can be managed (Bengali Translation)
Your antenatal appointments (Bengali)

Choosing where to give birth to your baby (Polish Translation)
Keeping Healthy During Pregnancy (Polish Translation)
Labour, What happens and how it can be managed (Polish Translation)
Your antenatal appointments (Polish Translation)

Choosing where to give birth to your baby (Punjabi Translation)
Keeping healthy during pregnancy (Punjabi Translation)

Labour, What happens and how it can be managed (Punjabi Translation)

Your antenatal appointments (Punjabi Translation)

Choosing where to give birth to your baby (Urdu Translation)
Keeping healthy during pregnancy (Urdu Translation)
Labour – What happens and how it can be managed (Urdu Translation)
Your antenatal appointments (Urdu Translation)

Audio Translated Patient Information

To contact a midwife for URGENT advice call:

Maternity Triage, City Hospital – 0121  507 4181 (open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

See below for all other enquiries:

  • Community midwifery:  0121 507 3774
  • Self-referrals: 0121 507 3675/4918 
  • City Hospital switchboard: 0121 554 3801

For general advice about your care, contact your named community midwife. You will be given their contact details early in your pregnancy.


Two birthing partners are allowed to accompany the mum-to-be whilst in labour. 

Partners may visit between 9am and 9pm, with patients own children and an additional birth partner able to visit between 1-8pm (no more than two adults per bed space).

Please contact the ward for more information.

See more about visiting here: 

Please note that should COVID-19 cases in the community rise, visiting guidance may change. If you plan to visit in the future, please make sure you check on our website nearer the time to find the most up to date guidance. 

Please note, we will not tolerate any verbal or physical abuse towards our staff. Thank you for your patience.