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Maternity services

COVID-19 information

Please refer to our maternity services during COVID-19 pandemic section to find current information as some of the care provided during your pregnancy and birth may have been altered for your safety and that of our staff.

Your antenatal appointments may run differently and our parent education classes are now all online.

Our parent information evenings are not currently running, none of our in-person classes have yet been resumed.

Please speak to your midwife if you have any questions and follow the Southampton maternity service on Facebook for regular updates.

Our services

Our maternity services are based at the Princess Anne Hospital on Coxford Road, just across the road from Southampton General Hospital. We also have a birth centre in the New Forest. We're a centre of excellence for maternity care, providing a comprehensive service and a choice of birth options, including home birth, for about 6,000 people each year from around Southampton.

We're also a regional centre for fetal and maternal medicine, providing specialist care for women with medical problems during pregnancy, and for those whose baby needs extra care before or around birth.

We're a leading teaching centre for nursing, midwifery and medical students, and home to the regional centre for neonatal intensive care.

Useful information and resources

You can find lots of useful resources in our maternity and parent information pages, and details of our parent information evenings and maternity information programme.

You can also find useful resources and information leaflets on the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists website (

Baby Buddy app

You can download the free Baby Buddy app, helping to guide you through pregnancy, birth, parenting and beyond.

Healthier Together

Offering information and support for people in Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Find out how to protect your baby during pregnancy, and help with concerns you might have about your baby. Read more.


DadPad is a resource for new dads with information on looking after your baby, child development and first aid, and supporting your baby's mother. You can find out how to download the app on the website, or ask your midwife if you would like a hard copy.

Labour Line

Labour Line midwives are available to listen to you as your labour starts to establish, offering you support and encouragement together with practical tips and suggestions.

Labour Line midwives can make arrangements to call you back or for a midwife to visit you at home, if appropriate.

Call Labour Line on 0300 123 9001 and speak to a midwife if:

  • you think you might be in labour
  • you think your waters may have broken and would like further advice or support
  • you are ready to transfer from home to your chosen place of birth.

Your opinion matters

The feedback we receive helps us to ensure that we provide the best quality care for all our patients. While you're in hospital with us, you'll be invited to complete a questionnaire which will give you the opportunity to have your say on the care you've received.

Alternatively, you may wish to post your comments on the NHS website.

We are proud to work closely with our local Southampton Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP) to help us develop our services.

The MVP is a forum for service users and representatives to work in partnership with staff to ensure our maternity services provide family centred care and continuous improvement.

We welcome your involvement, for more information please email our chair Emma Batt.

You can also find more information about MVPs on the National Maternity Voices website.

Read the Southampton and south west Hampshire Maternity Voices Partnership annual review 2020/2021 here.