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Maternity Unit

maternity unit


With over 3,000 babies born each year at King’s Mill Hospital, we are proud to have one of the highest percentages of normal births in the country, one of the lowest caesarean rates at just 18% and a home birth rate way above the national average. We are proud to be a level 2 unit against the NHSLA Risk management standards.

You will have a named Community Midwife for your pregnancy and post natal care and you will be given all the information you will need to make decisions and choices about your pregnancy and birthing options. We will make every effort to ensure that you see the same Community Midwife throughout your pregnancy.

The maternity unit at King’s Mill Hospital includes the pregnancy day care unit, antenatal clinic, maternity ward (antenatal and postnatal), the Sherwood Birthing Unit and the neonatal unit. The Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit (EPU) is situated within the King’s Treatment Centre.The Sherwood Women's Centre at Newark Hospital provides comprehensive facilities for antenatal and postnatal care, including ultrasound.

We offer a choice of packages of care and birthing options:

  • Midwife led care
  • Maternity team care
  • Home birth
  • Hospital birth
  • Pool birth.

You will be able to discuss these options with your midwife and consultant (if you have one).  Our midwives and doctors provide 24-hour care for the full range of maternity services - during pregnancy, labour and after the birth. 

We are committed to supporting women who chose to breast feed and have accreditation under the UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative. Our Infant Feeding Advisor provides dedicated support and guidance to mothers who choose to breastfeed.

We also offer the baby hearing test service for your baby before you go home.

Ongoing support once you are home with your baby is provided by your named Community Midwife. Before you leave the hospital or before the midwife leaves your home, if you have had a home birth you will be informed how to contact a midwife should you need one out of normal visiting hours. Visits will take place between 9am-5pm.  Subsequent visits will depend on the individual needs of yourself and your baby and will be arranged following discussion with you.

Revolutionary electronic maternity records, introduced in 2008, are unique to our Trust and provide a secure system where each woman’s records can be instantly accessed by midwives and consultants. This ensures the latest information is always to hand to provide the highest standard of care.

The Sherwood Women's Centre at Newark Hospital provides comprehensive facilities for antenatal and postnatal care, including ultrasound.


Please watch our maternity services video

If you are unable to view the maternity services video above please click here to view on the Trust's YouTube channel.


Visiting hours for the maternity ward: 

Partners and their own children: 10am-8pm

Other relatives and friends: 11.30am-7pm

Emergency Midwife for King’s Mill and Newark  01623 655722
Sherwood Birthing Unit at King’s Mill  01623 672244
Maternity Ward at King’s Mill  01623 672242
Sherwood Women’s Centre at Newark Hospital  01636 685779
Community Midwife Advice Line (Monday to Friday 9.30am - 4.30pm)  01623 676170


We are proud to support the new campaign led by Tommys and Kicks Count, #movementsmatter, which challenges dangerous myths about baby movement during pregnancy. A short, impactful video has been developed in collaboration with clinicians, charities, and pregnant women. Please follow the link below to the NHS England website where you can follow a further link to the video on YouTube.


Patient Information Leaflets

Please click here to access our maternity patient information leaflets