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Our philosophy is to provide family focussed care and to give you the best possible birthing experience. Take a look around our labour wards with our virtual tours to help you choose where you would like to give birth.

Maternity - Anne Holt

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.

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.

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 the videos, please email your comments to:

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

Listening service


Are there still times when you wonder about the birth of your baby?

Have you got unanswered questions regarding this important time of your life? If so, then this service may be able to help.

We offer the service of talking to a qualified midwife, in confidence, about your experience of pregnancy and / or childbirth.

For Darlington and Durham, please ring kelly Willmott on 0191 3332357 or email

Your name and telephone number will be forwarded to a member of the team who will then contact you personally to arrange an appointment.


'In recent times, I have utilised admissions to Richardson for respite direct from my fracture clinic, even at weekends. I have never worked anywhere with this efficiency before - it is reassuring and invaluable for the patient.'

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