If you feel unwell or your baby’s movement is reduced, please attend the maternity assessment unit to be seen. Please do not stay at home as you may need to have urgent care
We are here to support you
Important: We require anyone entering the hospital to wear a face mask so please ensure you bring one with you.
How have maternity services changed?
For antenatal appointments please come on your own, unless it is absolutely necessary to bring someone who is essential to your care such as a signer or interpreter. Please use our labour ward entrance only when attending for appointments, we have a map of our site available to view here.
We ask that you tell us if you develop COVID-19 symptoms before your appointment. If you do have symptoms, please don't worry as this won’t affect the quality of the care you receive, but it will ensure that those looking after you, and people around you, can be protected.
- For midwife-led pregnancy health information, visit tommys.org/pregnancy
- The NHS baby buddy app
- A breastfeeding workshop video
- Information about Coronavirus, pregnancy, birth and beyond, www.nct.org.uk/ and search ‘coronavirus'
- A video on the topic of VBAC (vaginal birth after a caesarean birth).
As a Trust, we are looking at ways in which we can offer online classes with you, please discuss with your midwife as to when these classes may be available.
If we feel that a face-to-face booking is necessary we will arrange this for you.
Your dating scan at 11 plus weeks and bloods appointment will be face to face in one session.
At the moment, we are unable to allow partners into your appointment room, this is so that we can maintain social distancing. Your partner is welcome to use our waiting area nearby to see you after your appointment.
At 16 weeks you will be contacted to see how you are and your blood tests results reviewed.
At 20 weeks you will have your anomaly scan, and we ask you to attend alone. We are revisiting our policy to allow visitors to this scan, so please check with your midwife before you come in.
From 28 weeks you will have an appointment every 3 weeks as normal. They will be face-to-face with a midwife. Some community hubs (Children’s Centres) are re-opening and your midwife will inform you where to attend. We ask that mothers attend these appointments alone.
Your partner or supporter is welcome use our waiting area to see you after your appointment. Please ensure you are wearing a face mask to your appointment as well as if you are using the waiting area. An interpreter will be arranged if you need one, so please let us know before your appointment.
How will the birth of my baby/babies be affected?
Yes, they can. This arrangement will be kept under review and may be subject to change as the health and safety guidelines around COVID-19 change or develop.
Yes, you can use water for labour and birth.
We will carry out all planned caesareans, both for medical need and maternal request. We might have to change the planned date and /or venue of your caesarean, if it is safe to do so. We will always let you know if this is the case.
Keeping safe and looking after you and your baby
If I have tested positive for COVID-19 or I have symptoms, can I still give birth at the Maternity Unit?
As a precautionary approach we recommend monitoring your baby's heart rate using continuous electronic foetal monitoring.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, try to wear a mask when feeding and ensure you wash your hands regularly.
After your baby is born
Your baby does not need to be registered to receive medical care. You can also claim for child benefit or universal credit if the birth has not been registered as yet.
The day after you go home we will then visit you at home and then 5 days after your baby’s birth we will visit you at home again. This visit will include the heel prick test (blood spot check) for your baby.
Our Midwives will decide when to transfer your care to health visiting services, depending on you and your baby’s health. They may also refer you to other services for further help and support.
Health visiting and breastfeeding support services will contact you by phone and inform you on how to access their support after you have had your baby.