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Coronavirus and maternity services
We are committed to proving the safest care possible for women, babies and our staff as we face the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic (Coronavirus). We understand that this may be an anxious time for pregnant women and their families and so want to keep you informed of what you can expect from the Trust's maternity service.
It is expected that the majority of women who are exposed to the coronavirus will experience mild to moderate flu like symptoms. Stay at home if you have a high temperature or a new persistent cough and follow guidance available at https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19. Only call 111 if you do not have online access.
Ask a midwife
We would like to offer you the opportunity to ask our midwives anything you want to know about our maternity service and how the changes to services might affect you. ‘Ask a Midwife’ allows you to privately message the @yorkandscarboroughbumps2babies Facebook page with a query. The midwives will be around between 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm every week day and will answer you directly.
Queries that we find are common will be posted so do check the page as what you want to know might have already been asked.
Any query directly related to your pregnancy or baby should be directed as normal to the maternity team. For example, if you are worried about your baby’s movements, it is essential that you contact us straight away in the usual way.
Your booking appointment will be undertaken over the telephone by a midwife. Please try to find a quiet space at home to receive the call as it may be quite lengthy and it’s important that we are able to discuss any issues or concerns you might have. We will talk to you about screening tests for your baby and ask for your consent for the choices you make. You will then be invited to attend an appointment to have your blood pressure taken, a urine sample collected, your weight obtained and any bloods taken for screening tests. Please attend this appointment alone, unless you require support from a carer or relative (for example, if you have a disability)
Your 16 weeks appointment will also take place over the phone.
Most appointments after this will be face to face and you should attend alone unless you require support from a carer or relative (for example if you have a disability). You will be contacted prior to your appointment to check whether you or any members of your family have symptoms of coronavirus. If you do, you will be advised to stay at home and the midwife will talk to you about re-booking your appointment. You will only be tested for coronavirus if you become unwell and are admitted to hospital.
If you are due to attend a hospital appointment to see a consultant or to have a scan you should attend unless you are contacted and advised otherwise. Please attend all appointments alone, you will be offered a picture from your scan but cannot facetime or video.
Please do not attend any appointment if you have symptoms of coronavirus - a high temperature or a new persistent cough - contact us for advice.
20 week scan - one partner can attend with you
We are able to trial reintroducing for the 20 week scan one partner attending with you from 29 July 2020.
It is only for the 20 week scan you may bring a partner, this is because we would be unable to meet social distancing guidance in scan waiting areas if we introduce for all scans. The 20 week scan is a highly important screening scan where your baby’s anatomy is looked at in detail, because of this we felt it would be the most important to reintroduce first. For full details please see the 'Visiting in Maternity' section further down.
Service update - 16 September 2020
We are continuing to review our services and want to reinstate partner visiting/attendance as soon as it is safe to do so for women, partners and staff. We have to assess the physical space and environment available and work within the guidance to support the two metre social distancing advised for healthcare. All hospitals have a different physical space and environment which is why some can introduce more rapidly while still meeting national guidance on social distancing and reducing risk of any infection.
Antenatal care: Booking appointments that were held over the phone are being phased back to face to face from October. We are also reintroducing face to face appointments in the consultant clinics. Due to the physical space in the clinics, we ask that you continue to attend these appointments alone. Please arrive on time, not early, for your appointment to minimise time spent in the waiting areas.
Antenatal education: Online parent education is ongoing. You can still also access the information and videos on the website.
Scans: The decision to reintroduce partners for the 20 week scan appointment was because we could safely do so in terms of social distancing in a planned designated waiting area. Because multiple clinics are arranged in the areas as well as scan appointments, it is not possible to safely provide space for partners to attend other scans or to choose which scan your partner can attend.
Partners during labour: If you are in active labour, you will be cared for on labour ward and can have one birth partner with you the whole time. If you are seen in triage, your partner will need to wait outside as the area is small and we cannot maintain social distancing. If you are assessed as being in active labour, your partner can join you on labour ward, if you are not you will be discharged home to await labour establishing.
Induction of labour: We can now introduce additional support during induction of labour. Where we are able to accommodate you in a single room for induction, your birth partner will be able to stay for a prolonged period during day time hours. Please note we cannot always accommodate a single room.
Caesarean section: If you are coming in for an elective caesarean section, your birth partner can come in with you and stay with you until your baby is born and you return to the ward.
Visiting on the wards: You can have your birth partner visit you for a 2 hour slot on the antenatal and postnatal wards. We are operating a visit booking system as per national guidance. Please telephone the ward after 9:00am to book. The reason for this is to assist with maintaining social distancing between visitors.
Homebirth: We are continuing to offer a homebirth service. This is under continuous review and is dependent on staffing across the whole unit and whether the ambulance service is running normally.
Postnatal care: Breastfeeding support clinics have been reinstated. The tongue tie service has been reinstated.
Following government guidance, we have suspended all face to face antenatal sessions, including hypnobirthing. Our website has online classes for you to access.
Visiting in Maternity
Our first priority is, and always will be, the safety of the women and babies in our care and we appreciate your understanding and help with this.
We know how important it is for women to be able to have some contact with their birth partner whilst an inpatient in Maternity. Until now we have only been able to safely support this during labour, once in established labour your birth partner can be present with you throughout labour and birth - this guidance remains the same.
From 30 June 2020 we would like to support the designated birth partner (provided they are free of covid symptoms) to have a booked single visit a day for up to 2 hours between 12:00pm-8:00pm. This is to enable us to maintain social distancing and protect everyone as much as possible. This will have to be arranged via telephone on the day with ward staff, who will carry out screening for covid symptoms.
Visitors will be asked to bring a face-covering with them and wear these at all times. If they do not attend with a face-covering they will be issued with a surgical mask.
Visiting Birth partners must go directly to their partner’s bedside and remain there throughout the visit. Birth Partners will need to fully adhere to social distancing, wearing appropriate PPE if requested by staff and handwashing guidance at all times.
If circumstances on the ward change the Midwife in charge may have to shorten or cancel the visit.
From Wednesday 29 July 2020 - one partner can attend with you for the 20 week scan
In order to try to address the concern around partners attending for scans we are able to trial reintroducing for the 20 week scan one partner attending with you. You and your partner must be symptom free and screening questions will be asked of both of you in relation to Covid 19 on arrival, you will both need to have face coverings in place as per government guidance.
It is only for the 20 week scan you may bring a partner, this is because we would be unable to meet social distancing guidance in scan waiting areas if we introduce for all scans. The 20 week scan is a highly important screening scan where your baby’s anatomy is looked at in detail, because of this we felt it would be the most important to reintroduce first.
We will need to ask you to arrive promptly for the scan appointment, but not early, to minimise time in the department. In some locations your partner may be asked to wait outside the department. After the scan has been completed, you will need a review by a midwife – your partner will not be able to be present with you for this so will be asked to wait for you outside the hospital building.
If you are struggling emotionally in the current situation please contact your midwife and we can try to arrange some additional support.
Perinatal Support for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Women
Click here to visit the Local Maternity System (LMS) website for additional information for women from a BAME community, including details about vitamin D.
For up to date information for pregnant women.
Please remember; any alteration in your baby’s movements it is really important you ring for advice - we may need to see you to confirm you baby’s wellbeing.