Birth Centre Appeal

Birth Centre Appeal

Birth Centre Appeal

Imperial College Healthcare Charity is raising £500,000 to help remodel and expand the already highly regarded birth centre at Queen Charlottes & Chelsea Hospital in West London. Help us make it the best it can be.

We are looking to replicate the standards set by the charity’s first appeal for the birth centre at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, which opened in 2008, creating an amazing, well-equipped space where women can give birth in calm, comfortable surroundings.

The need for change

The Birth Centre at Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea was opened in April 2001 and has not had any major refurbishment in over a decade. The environment is now below the standard of many modern Birth Centres in terms of design and space, and with demand increasing from about 700 to over 900 births per year, improvements are needed. The proposed renovation would mean:

  • Creating a new birth room with a third birthing pool and en suite facilities, increasing the number of rooms from five to six.
  • The installation of air into every birth room to enable resuscitation cabinets to be installed.
  • The refurbishment of the existing antenatal/postnatal waiting area, installing a wet room within an existing birth room and the refurbishment of an antenatal consultation room with en suite facilities.
  • A new reception area with new flooring and painting across the whole centre as well as the installation of double beds for women and partners for a more homely environment.


“We know a birth centre provides an additional choice in terms of place of birth for women at the hospital. There is now good evidence that for women with a straightforward pregnancy who use the Birth Centre, their baby is equally safe as when born on a labour ward, their chance of intervention is greatly reduced and they are more likely to have a normal birth. A birth centre also provides a comfortable environment which is explicitly designed for women to be active and mobile with access to birthing pools, one to one midwifery support and en suite facilities with double beds so that families are able to spend those first few crucial hours together with their new baby.”
Pauline Cooke, Consultant Midwife at Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea Hospital

What can you do?

You can make a donation to this appeal below, or, if you have fundraising ideas please get in touch with Lauren Levy on 0203 312 2206 or email lauren.levy@imperial.nhs.uk

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