One of the decisions that you will need to make when you are choosing private maternity care in London is whether you would prefer to have midwife-led or consultant-led care.
If you choose midwife-led care, you will be cared for by a specially trained nurse. Midwives are qualified to provide all of your antenatal care and to deliver your baby, and many women prefer to stick with a familiar team of midwives throughout pregnancy and labour. As long as you are healthy and you enjoy a straightforward pregnancy, you might not need to see an obstetrician at all. However, a doctor might have to be called in if you have a high-risk pregnancy or if you have problems during childbirth. Midwife-led care will be the best option for private maternity care in London if you are hoping to give birth at home or in a birthing centre, but you can also choose to be cared for by a midwife if you want to give birth on a labour ward in a hospital.
If you choose consultant-led care, you will be cared for by a team headed by an obstetrician. You will probably still receive some care from a midwife, but your obstetrician will be there when you give birth and for some of your antenatal appointments. Consultant-led care can be the best choice if there is a high risk of complications with your pregnancy or if you have other health problems, as this means you will probably need an obstetrician to be present at the birth. You might feel more comfortable during labour if you can be treated by the same person who has provided your antenatal care. You will probably give birth on a hospital maternity ward if you choose consultant led care, so you should think about where you would like to give birth before choosing your private maternity care in London.