Maternity Advice:

Urgent: If your concern is urgent please contact the Maternity Assessment Unit (MAU) using the following number: 01322 428280 or 01322 428278.

Non urgent: Our non-urgent advice enquiry email can answer concerns relating to pregnancy and COVID-19. We will respond to your email within 5 working days. 

General advice: For general advice concerning pregnancy, labour etc. please continue to call either:

Maternity Assessment Unit on: 01322 428280 or 01322 428278

Birth Centre on: 01322 428100 ext. 4925

Thank you for all of your continued support during this difficult time.

In light of Donna Ockenden’s recent distressing report on the maternity services in Shropshire, we would like to reassure all those we care for that they are in safe hands here at Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust.

We are extremely proud of our all our staff, who work collaboratively to ensure the provision of outstanding, skilled and compassionate care is tailored to the individual needs of our expectant families.

We are pleased to confirm that, following CQC’s 2021 survey of women’s experiences of maternity care in England, our Trust was rated the second most improved Maternity Unit in England and seventh best Maternity Unit overall in the country.

The survey heard from 23,479 respondents who had a baby in England in January and February last year and it covers all aspects of maternity provision; antenatal care, care during labour and birth and postnatal care. 66 acute NHS trusts took part in the survey and the average response rate across all trusts was 54%. The response rate from families in the Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust area was much higher than average at 61%, which further supports the overwhelming positive results received.

It doesn’t stop there. We continue to be rated ‘Good’ by the CQC and are constantly looking for ways to further improve the service that we offer by listening to the families we care for, including them in the development of services and decisions about their care. We always aim to not just achieve compliance, but strive to exceed the standards set for us.

This is an amazing time in your life and we hope that the release of this report does not take away from that experience or create additional stress. We always welcome your thoughts, especially during this time, and urge you to speak with your midwife for reassurance on any queries on concerns you may have.

We would encourage you to get as part of our Maternity Voices Partnership – local people working with NHS staff to carry out the improvements families want and need. Get in touch via Facebook or email

You are also welcome to contact our Professional Midwifery Advocates, who are qualified senior midwives who offer additional support and guidance to those who may have concerns about their maternity care:   

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our staff for the exemplary care they continue to provide for our patients.

Visiting Guidance

To find out our current maternity visiting arrangements please click HERE or scroll down the page to locate the visiting section.

Pregnancy & COVID-19 Vaccinations

This powerful new video shows unvaccinated mothers sharing their experiences of severe COVID-19 during pregnancy.

Over 5,000 women chose to have their babies and postnatal care at Darent Valley Hospital Birth Centre and Delivery Suite. Our skilled team of obstetricians, midwives, and specialist teams work together to help women have a positive pregnancy, birth and postnatal experience - in whatever setting they choose.  

Depending on a woman’s pregnancy and individual needs and circumstances, our patients  can choose to have their baby in our Midwifery-led Birth Centre, in our Delivery Suite staffed by obstetricians, midwives and specialists including anaesthetists; or at Home. 

Throughout her maternity journey, our patients receive continuity of carer, which means they will see the same midwife and clinical team continually throughout pregnancy, birth and postnatal period. Our team has a named obstetrician, providing expertise for women who require obstetric input. Our team-based approach enables the co-ordination of our patient’s care to ensure all the needs of a woman and her baby are met.

Our service has the nationally recognised Stage 3 Accreditation from the UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative so mothers and families are assured they are receiving the best possible care, and our staff have the skills to ensure that mothers receive the best possible support and experience with breastfeeding.