Maternity Services Including Private Obstetricians

Please check with each provider to see how and what they are running.

Maternity Services & Hospitals – private obstetricians right at the bottom of the page

You find out you are pregnant, but wonder what to do next. I remember not really having a clue. So, I went to my GP and told him I was pregnant. He asked me if I wanted to go NHS or private, and if choosing to go with the NHS, which hospital I wanted to be referred to after briefly telling me about the hospitals close to NW8.

IMG_0878NHS Options Close By

I opted for UCLH (University College Hospital) close to Euston Station as several friends of ours had had their children there and had been very happy. Close to St John’s Wood, there is also St Mary’s Hospital (where I was hospitalised several times during my pregnancy suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum) and The Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead. There are of course others, but those are the closest distance-wise.

Private Options Close By

If you want to go private, there is the famous Portland Hospital in Marylebone, and St Mary’s also have a private section called The Lindo Wing. There are other options, but these two are very near to St John’s Wood. UCLH also has a private wing, The Fitzrovia Suite, and at the time of updating this page in spring of 2021, they still only admit women opting for C-sections.

Private Ultrasounds



The nationallyand internationally highly renowned Dr Fred Ushakov (photo of Dr Fredin action at the top of the page) under whose care I was when at UCLH opened his private clinic, City Ultrasound, in spring of 2020 and I am delighted that many more pregnant women can see him. I went through something quite traumatic with one of my pregnancies and I am grateful to this day for his sensitivity and care which ultimately played a big part in making me feel brave enough to try again. That last try resulted in my son.

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The Portland Hospital, The London Ultrasound Centre as well as The Fetal Medicine Centre in Harley Street also offer a range of ultrasounds and various tests.

Private Obstetricians

Below are names of obstetricians that several of my close friends have been very happy with, both for straighforward and complicated pregnancies/deliveries including vaginal and C-section. Please note that they also work at NHS hospitals.

Dr Etienne Horner – The Lindo Wing, St Mary’s Hospital

Dr Penelope Law – The Portland Hospital

Dr Raj Rai – The Lindo Wing, St Mary’s Hospital

Claire Mellon – The Portland Hospital

Mr Pat O’Brien – The Fitzrovia Suite, UCLH


Chiropractor – Webster Technique

Dr Allison HymanFamily Chiropractic Centre

Location:  18 Wimpole Street, Marylebone, London W1G 8GD
Tel:  07764 847 369

Dr Allison is passionate about improving the health and well-being of families. She has vast experience, specific expertise and interest in holistic health and is extremely involved in pregnancy, birth and postpartum chiropractic care. She is certified in the Webster Technique, a technique used during pregnancy, which helps create balance in the pelvis, reduce tension in ligaments and soft tissue and restore the neuro-biomechanics of the pelvis to facilitate optimal positioning of the baby.

Chiropractic is a natural, hands-on approach to maximising health, restoring spinal alignment, and improving posture and the function of the nervous system. Chiropractic restores the communication pathways between the brain and body, allowing the body to heal from the inside out.Allison is committed to helping people of all ages on their journey towards greater health and optimal well-being.

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