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Maternity services

The huge investment in maternity services at Darent Valley Hospital has made a significant difference to mothers.  We are very proud of our newly expanded neonatal unit opened on Walnut Ward and also our foetal assessment unit, early pregnancy unit and ante-natal clinic.  


Maternity services are situated in the west wing of Darent Valley Hospital in a purpose built area on the third floor offering a full range of antenatal, intrapartum / labour and postnatal care.   


If you would like to take a tour of maternity services then please view our ‘virtual’ (video) tour.  This ‘tour’ covers all the main antenatal / maternity units and is narrated by two of our midwives who will guide and advise you throughout. The video last around 12 minutes and can be viewed as many times as you like. There is also a virtual map on how to find the wards/units, a ‘staff you might meet’ guide and links to all our patient information leaflets.

Self referral - having your baby at Darent Valley Hospital

Depending on your pregnancy and individual circumstances, you can choose to have your baby in our Midwifery Led Unit, on our Labour Ward, or at home.  To book your pregnancy care you do not need a referral from your doctor.  You can complete our online self referral form.

Friends and Family Test Surveys

Would you recommend our maternity services to friends and family?

The NHS friends and family test is an important opportunity for you to provide feedback on the care and treatment you receive and to improve services. We would be very interested to hear your views on our maternity service.


Visiting & information

Please also view our visiting times & patient information leaflets.

Public Health Open Day - 6th November 2014

A “Public Health Open Day” is being held on Thursday 6th November at St Edmunds Church Living Well, St Edmunds Road, Dartford DA1 5NT from 11am until 4.30pm.The day is run by community/hospital midwives creating awareness that empowers mums and their families to make choices around pregnancy, childbirth and being parents.

The day is open to everyone and we would especially like to meet pre conception mums, mums to be, professionals working with mums, their families, student midwives and secondary school children. The day will also cover social care for secondary school and college students as well as having lots of stalls which will be full of information. 

Topics covered will be hypnobirthing, breast feeding, caring for your baby, mental health, smoking cessation, domestic abuse, drug and alcohol abuse information, and lots more. So please do come along and don't forget to bring your friends and family.