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Due to COVID-19 coronavirus, we are having to make temporary changes to our services. Click here to find out more Temporary Changes

 

Changes to maternity services

31 Mar 2020 08:14:50
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Due to COVID-19 and the increasing need to protect our women, babies and staff, changes are being made in our maternity servicese. This information could be regularly subject to change and is for the safety of all concerned.

We appreciate that during pregnancy, birth and beyond, are the times when women and their families need our support most and we are committed to providing safe compassionate and supportive maternity care.

Antenatal

You will be contacted prior to your appointment to check that you are fit and well, you will be given advice on how and where the appointment will be carried out. 

Please attend this appointment alone. The person accompanying you should wait in the car and you can contact them when you are ready to be collected.

If you are admitted to the hospital during this time, visitors are not permitted on the ward area.

Attending your ultra sound scan

You will be contacted prior to your appointment to check that you are fit and well, you will be given advice about this appointment.

Please attend this appointment alone.

Delivery Suite Triage

This is the assessment area located on Delivery Suite.
If you have any concerns during your pregnancy please call01709 42 7700. You will be given advice and advised what to do next.

During Triage telephone calls we will ask about your health and whether or not you are displaying symptoms of Covid-19.  It is very important that you advise us of any symptoms so that we can prepare for your care appropriately

Please attend this area alone.

During Labour

All women are advised to call the Delivery Suite when in early labour for advice. 

Once your labour is confirmed, you may have 1 birth partner during this time. You will be unable to change birth-partners during labour and unfortunately relatives will be unable to wait outside the Delivery Suite. This is to protect you, your partner, the staff and others in the area. You will have time together following the birth of your baby on Delivery Suite.

If it is safe to do so you may be discharged home from the Delivery Suite.

Before admission we will ask questions about your birth partners health, if they are found to have any symptoms of Covid-19 they will be asked to not attend the unit with you; You are asked when making your plans for labour to identify alternative birth partners in case this becomes necessary. We shall check temperatures of anyone who accompanies you on arrival on the Delivery Suite.

Elective Caesarean Section

If you are having a planned caesarean section you can have 1 birth partner for the duration of your caesarean birth.

If you have signs or confirmed Covid-19 unfortunately it is not possible for your partner to accompany you to theatre.

Once the caesarean has been completed you will be returned to Delivery Suite where you can spend some time together as a family before being transferred to the ward. We expect discharge to be within 24hours of the procedure – this is a case by case decision.

Emergency Caesarean Section

If this event should occur during labour, and it is clinically possible your partner can accompany you to theatre and recovery.

If you have signs or confirmed Covid-19 unfortunately it is not possible for your partner to accompany you to theatre.

Once the caesarean has been completed you will be returned to Delivery Suite where you can spend some time together as a family before being transferred to the ward. Your midwife will support throughout and will advise accordingly during this time. Again your birth companion will leave you at the entrance to Wharncliffe Ward.

Induction of Labour

If you require an induction of labour, and you require admission to the ward, birth partners/visitors are not permitted.

Once your labour is established or you are transferred to the Delivery Suite for any reasons your birth partner can join you. This is an assessment based on individual cases.

Please be aware this is only guidance and may change at any point. We will keep you informed at every step of the way if we need to make changes to any of the outlined above.

We appreciate your understanding at this testing and uncertain time for us all, we hope you understand the decisions that are being made around keeping you and your loved ones safe.

Postnatal

Following the birth of your baby, birth partners/visitors are not permitted to visit Wharncliffe Ward.

Your partner can collect you on day of discharge, your midwife will advise the time your partner should attend to collect you.

Community Visits

Community midwives are continuing to visit during this time and you will be contacted prior to the midwife attending and you will be advised how this appointment will be carried out. Please be aware this will involve minimal hands on contact.

We also request that there are no visitors in the house during the visit and that the midwife only has face to face contact with mother and baby.

Home Births

Women who have booked to birth at home are advised to contact the Delivery Suite for advice in early labour. The midwife will advise you what to do. She will ask questions to assess you and your unborn baby’s health at that time.  The midwife will contact her colleagues to make sure that everything is in place to enable your birth choice. This depends on you having no symptoms, preparing the available staff for an anticipated homebirth and the level of available transport by our healthcare partners should you need a quick transfer from home.  This will be assessed on a case by case basis.

Feeding your baby

In the light of current evidence, the benefits of breast feeding outweigh any potential risks of transmitting the virus through breast milk. The following guidance should be observed:

  • Hand washing before touching the baby, breast pump or bottle
  • Avoid coughing or sneezing on the baby while feeding