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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’ is now live you are able to privately message the @yorkandscarboroughbumps2babies Facebook page with a query. The midwives will be around between 10-12 and 2-4 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 already have 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.
Following government guidance, we have suspended all face to face antenatal sessions, including hypnobirthing. Our website has online classes for you to access
There is no visiting on our antenatal and postnatal wards, this includes if you are coming in to be induced. We want to support you to have a positive birth experience and will do everything we can to respect your birth choices. We have to limit you to one birth partner who can stay with you while ever you are on the labour ward.
If your birth partner has symptoms of coronavirus, they cannot come in to support you so please try to identify if there is anyone else in your household who could come. You will be encouraged, where appropriate, to go home as soon as possible after having your baby. If you need to go to the postnatal ward, your partner will not be able to visit you.
If you have symptoms of coronavirus when you come in to have your baby, you will receive care in an isolated area. Your partner can stay with you providing they do not have symptoms. The midwives and doctors caring for you will be wearing additional protective clothing.
If you are struggling emotionally in the current situation please contact your Midwife and we can try to arrange some additional support.
Registering the birth of your baby
The registration of Births has been suspended temporarily until 30 April. For more information click here.
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.