Maternity Unit

Sunderland Maternity Unit was purpose built and opened in 2000. It is situated on Level D in the Chester Wing.  The unit manages on average 3500 births per year and has a community midwifery led approach, with additional support available from a team of consultants for patients with medium or high risk pregnancies.  Ante natal care is provided by community midwives based in Children’s Centres,  GP Practices; and during home visits.  Low risk patients will attend the ante natal clinic in a hospital setting for their dating and anomaly scan.  However, medium and high risk patients will be required to attend more frequent hospital visits dependent upon their condition.

The Antenatal Day Unit is available for consultants, midwives and patients to refer into should they have any concerns about the wellbeing of the mother or baby.  Staff on the Antenatal Day Unit can undertake various investigations and arrange medical input should this be required

The Delivery Suite has 23 LDRP rooms (labour, delivery, recovery and postnatal) which are single en-suite rooms.  It is envisaged that patients who have an uncomplicated labour/delivery will remain in this room until discharge.  We are also able to provide waterbirths for those patients who have experienced uncomplicated pregnancies.

Please take a look at our Maternity Services film which explains the services provided and the choices available to women and their partners.

The Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit is situated in Chester Lodge and utilises a multidisciplinary approach to the care of women with threatened miscarriage in early pregnancy.

Pregnancy Information and Birth Plan

Screening tests for you and your baby


Supervisor of Midwives

Supervisors of Midwives (SoMs) protect the public through the support of safe midwifery practice. SoMs are appointed by NHS England Local Supervising Authority (LSA). Supervision of midwives is a statutory requirement that provides a mechanism of support and guidance to every practising midwife in the United Kingdom.    For more information click here.



Clinical Director
Mr Craig Steele – 0191 565 6256 ext 29781

Directorate Manager
Joanna Clark – 0191 565 6256 ext 42134

Jacqui Dyson

Lead Midwife
Sheila Ford

Ward D47 – 0191 565 6256 ext 49747

Maternity Unit Reception – 0191 565 6256 ext 47000