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Information about maternity services


When you’re having a baby or are planning to get pregnant, we know that finding what is right for you and your family is very important.

As soon as you know you are pregnant, you can refer yourself to the maternity services provider of your choice - there is no need to visit your GP.

If you are pregnant and unsure where to have your baby or what choices are available to you, download our directory of services which give information on all the maternity service providers in Cheshire and Merseyside including contact details:

You should receive your booking appointment before ten weeks and your journey will start with an initial discussion of care and place of birth.  You can find out more information about what to expect from maternity services at each stage of your pregnancy:

The closest hospitals for women in St Helens are:

  • St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust – Whiston Hospital
  • Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – Warrington Hospital
  • Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust – Ormskirk Hospital
  • Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust
  • Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust - Royal Albert Edward Infirmary, Wigan.

There are also hospitals outside the area, such as the Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust which, in line with patient choice, women can go to if they so wish. Not all services are routinely funded by the NHS and if a woman wishes to access services that the CCG do not commission they must speak to their GP who if appropriate can apply for an individual funding request but this would only be considered in ‘exceptional’ cases.

If you do feel that you have exceptional circumstances then please discuss this with your GP in the first instance.

To find out more about pregnancy please visit