The maternity unit do not have the facilities to provide amenity rooms. If a private room is needed for clinical reasons during your stay this will be discussed with your midwife.

Yes. There is also free WiFi available.

There is also a 'patient line' bedside phone service. We request that mobile phone calls are limited in respect of your neighbours and that you turn off/down your ring tone to prevent disturbances. 

No one can book the pool as you only use the pool once in established labour. You can mention when coming in that you would like to use it but if you feel very strongly that you want a pool, you may need to think about hiring one for home.


You now have a choice of where you would like to give birth to your baby. If you would like to have your baby at Darent Valley Hospital then simply complete our online self referral form.

Birthing partners only can stay 24/7. A second birthing partner is permitted to attend subject to individual circumstances. A negative Lateral Flow Test should be provided prior to attendance.

Unfortunately we are unable to facilitate physical tours of the maternity units but you can 'visit' some of the areas virtually using the 360 degree images which can be found under the More Information section.

If the delivery was normal and all is well, mum and baby could go home within six hours of giving birth.

Generally, ladies who have a caesarean will go home after 24 hours or a few days depending on how well they are. 

The unit is a teaching hospital and will have student midwives. We also support medical students. You can request not to have a student looking after you.

Bump, Birth and Beyond is a Kent and Medway-wide website providing trusted information from NHS providers across the county. The website was created with women and expectant families with the aim of helping families understand the choices available to them.

The hospital have several public car parks and you pay via the machines located in the hospital grounds once you have left the hospital, please remember to take your ticket with you. If you are in an urgent hurry, you can park your car temporarily outside the hospital but your car must be moved as soon as possible.