How our Professional Midwifery Advocates (PMAs) can help you

At Darent Valley Hospital, the Maternity Service strive to provide quality and compassionate midwifery care that ensures high standards of safe care for all mothers, babies and their families.

If you have any queries or concerns about your care, the PMAs are experienced midwives who can help to support and advise you.

They can be contacted at any time via the hospital switchboard on 01322 428100

Just ask for the Professional Midwifery Advocate on call. You can also email:   

If you have anything that needs an urgent referral, please contact your Community Midwife or the Maternity Assessment Unit. The details of which can be found on the front of your antenatal notes.

Maternity Advice:

Urgent contact details:                                  

 Not yet 16 weeks pregnantEarly Pregnancy Unit (EPU)                         

 Please contact your GP and ask for a referral. You will be contacted by EPU via telephone to arrange an urgent appointment. Women who attend A&E in early pregnancy may be referred to EPU.

16 weeks pregnant or laterMaternity Assessment Unit.                               

 If you are concerned about your pregnancy or baby's movements, have vaginal bleeding or blurred vision, or any other inmediate concerns about your physical or mental health, please call 01322 428 280 or 01322 428 278 24 hours, 7 days a week.

Non urgent general contact details:      

Community  Midwives Office: This is for non-urgent queries only. Someone can take a message for you and ask your midwife to call you back. Call 01322 428 753 Mon to Fri, 9am to 3.30pm. Ring this number if you have a query regarding your booking appointment or community antenatal appointments.

Antenatal Clinic at Darent Valley Hospital: Call this number if you have a query regarding your hospital antenatal appointment. 01322 428 190     Mon to Fri, 9am to 5pm.

Ultrasound Scan Department: Please call directly if you wish to change your scan appointment time or date. 01322 428 331 Mon to Fri, 8am to 5pm. Only this department can make changes to these dates.

The Birth Centre at Darent Valley Hospital: Call this numer if you have planned to have your baby in the Birth Centre and require labour assessment or are in established labour. 01322 428 100 ext. 4925 24 hours, 7 days a week. Please be advised that there may be a delay in answering your call when our midwives are attending women in labour.

For any concerns relating to COVID-19 in pregnancy: please contact: We will respond to your email within 5 working days.

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.