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Building families building futures

baby in hands

Welcome to County Durham and Darlington Maternity Services

We're delighted that you are considering having your baby with us.

You can choose to give birth at either University Hospital of North Durham (UHND) or Darlington Memorial Hospital (DMH) or be supported in a home birth by our community midwives.

baby basket

Our focus is on family centred care and we promote normality in birth which means that both our hospital sites provide midwife-led care for mums-to-be who are having a low risk pregnancy.

There is of course consultant support for those more high risk pregnancies or if intervention is needed during labour.

To help you decide where you would like to give birth you can take a tour around our labour wards at UHND and DMH and meet some of the midwives who would be supporting you through labour.

Click here to meet the team for both Darlington Memorial Hospital and University Hospital of North Durham

Virtual Tours

Join our midwives as we take you on a tour of the labour wards in Durham and Darlington.

To take a tour of the labour ward at University Hospital of North Durham: CLICK HERE

To take a tour of the labour ward at Darlington Memorial Hospital: CLICK HERE

Once you have watched the videos, please don't hesitate to contact your midwife if you have any further queries or comments.

We'd be delighted to receive your feedback about our webpage, please email your comments to:

If you would like to support our services or donate to our hospital charity please CLICK HERE to read more on our charity pages.

We hope you have enjoyed the tours and we look forward to welcoming you soon and being part of your delivery experience.

Please CLICK HERE to read the report from our latest CQC inspection where we are delighted with maternity's overall rating: Good.

Our outstanding practice points:

The transitional care team had won the service improvement award in the annual staff awards and was shortlisted for the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) annual midwifery awards 2017. The trust had identified a way of providing care for vulnerable babies outside of NNU. They had employed and set up a training course for transitional care baby support workers. These were support staff, dedicated to work with babies, parents and staff including paediatricians during transitional care. They helped to ensure babies could be cared for on the ward and avoid where possible admission to the neonatal unit. Staff told us there had been significant positive outcome results following implementation of this role.

The team are involved in Wave 2 of the National Maternity and Neonatal Safety Collaborative. This work was recognised nationally when a member of the team was asked to speak at the RCOG Each Baby Counts conference in 2016.

The majority of staff were trained in recruiting and supporting clinical research projects. The team had been recognised nationally for recruiting to an industry trial for the blind testing of prophylactic antibodies in patients following instrumental deliveries.

UNICEF baby friendly initiative is a global accreditation programme developed by UNICEF and the World Health Organisation. It was designed to support breast feeding and promote parent/infant relationships. The trust told us that the north of the service had successfully achieved UNICEF recognition for its breastfeeding support and had been recommended to apply for gold accreditation in June 2017.



'I feel it is important to relay my experience back to let the staff know they are doing a brilliant job! I would like them to know I appreciated all they did for myself, my family and our beautiful baby girl.'

Patient, Labour Ward, Darlington Memorial Hospital