COVID-19 and our Maternity services

For all women booking at the Countess for care and birth Congratulations!

Please click here to see the electronic PMR that your Midwife will go through with you at your booking in appointment.

Early bird information can be found by clicking here, this includes a link to the screening booklet

Important Information about Visiting and Appointments due to recent recommendations.

If there is going to be any changes to your appointment or visit you will be contacted by your Midwife.

If you or a family member have a new persistent cough and/or fever (temperature above 37.8) please do not attend any appointments.

If you are due an appointment with your Community Midwife at a Clinic before having your baby, or a home visit after having your baby please contact your Community Midwife on the number in your notes, or the Community Midwives office on 01244 365166.

If you have an appointment or scan at the hospital. Please ring antenatal clinic on 01244 365106 or scan department on 01244 365090.

In each of these cases we will give you advice on an individual basis regarding further appointments.

Labour ward is also available 24 hours a day for advice on 01244 365028

For all appointments in the community or at the hospital we will be asking women to attend alone.

These measures have been put in place to help to protect the safety of mothers and babies by reducing the chance of the spread of COVID-19.

To help reduce the virus from spreading, we have decided to suspend the following services:

• Parent Education classes
• Confident birth sessions
• Early bird sessions

Breast feeding information and birth preferences will be offered as a telephone consultation for as long as the service allows.

We will continue to provide home visits on the first day following discharge and then on day 5 and day 10-14. Further visits may be arranged depending on your individual care plans.

If you are self-isolating, we will provide telephone consultations with a midwife and follow-up arrangements will be made according to your own needs.

Home Births

In line with national guidance, we are temporarily suspending formal homebirth services. The decision was not taken lightly, the impact of Covid-19 has presented numerous challenges relating to the availability of midwives, as well as availability of ambulances when they are needed. To continue home births during this time could also put additional pressure on local NHS partner organisations, if women and home birth teams required their support in an emergency.

This decision is being reviewed on a weekly basis so please check with your midwife on the latest guidance. Please click here for more information.

Planned Induction of Labour and Caesarean Section

If you or a member of your house hold have COVID-19 symptoms please inform us- this may not change when your birth happens but we will need to make special arrangements for your arrival at the hospital to ensure your safety as well as other mums and babies.

Caesarean births will still happen, as this is planned surgery not elective.

Visiting Guidance

We are restricting birthing partners to 1.

The scan department will only be able to see you, no partners/ family present please. You will be able to video call during the scan.

We are following national guidance for visitors and with that Visiting is suspended with immediate effect and until further notice.

This means partners will not be permitted onto the postnatal ward.

Although we appreciate this is difficult for you, we have had to make the decision to keep women, babies and staff safe.

We will try to make sure that you have a longer period of time in the birthing room before transfer to the ward if we are able to. We will also facilitate early discharge from the central labour ward whenever we can.

For the full notice please click here: https://bit.ly/2WM9zYf

These measures have been put in place to help to protect the safety of mothers and babies by reducing the chance of the spread of COVID-19.

Useful Documents

Covid-19 Looking after yourself

Covid-19 Planning your birth

Covid-19 Parent Information

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