NWAngliaFT Maternity Services

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Preparation for a new baby should be an enjoyable experience. As well as the excitement, there's a lot to think about and plan. This is your pregnancy. We will of course observe your birth choices, keeping it in the forefront of your maternity care. However if any concerns arise during one of your visits this will be discussed with you in-depth so you are able to make an informed choice about your care and an agreed plan can be made.

To provide you with the quality service you deserve, and to help us involve you in the decisions around your care, we will encourage you to tell staff about your needs and expectations so that your pregnancy, delivery and postnatal care can be planned according to your wishes as much as possible.

Every mother will be under the care of either a midwife, consultant obstetrician or shared care between the two.

Midwifery-led care
For the majority of women, the care you receive will be midwife-led and you'll have the choice to give birth at home, in the midwife-let unit or in the obstetric led unit at the hospital.

Consultant-led care
Consultant obstetricians are medical doctors who specialise in more complex birth and pregnancies. Some mothers require additional care during pregnancy because of an existing or new medical condition or pregnancy-related problem. The multidisciplinary team (obstetrics, medical consultants, anaesthetics and paediatricians) will provide support for your pregnancy as required and together you will discuss your options for care and work in partnership to meet your needs.  

There may be some occasions where women are diverted to alternative maternity units due the unit being extremely busy. This possibility is discussed with parents as part of their antenatal care, so they could look at alternative journeys to local units, if they so desired.  We work closely with our neighbouring maternity units to ensure women are transferred safely, including by risk assessing all patients first. We do try to avoid this where possible but please be rest assured that you will be fully involved in any decision around your care.

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Following collaboration with NHS Digital, K2 Maternity Systems and Maternity Voices Partnership, the Trust is to launch a brand new look to maternity online notes.

To self-refer for maternity care at either PCH or HH please at register www.mypregnancynotes.com

You will need to have an email address to register and use My Pregnancy Notes.

Self-referral through My Pregnancy Notes will give you access to the full functionality while you wait for your booking appointment.

Please see the leaflet for more information and help.  Also check out this video for more about My Pregnancy Notes and what you can do.

If you are Out Of Area – please have a read of this leaflet 

Phone or see your GP if you have any of the following:

  • General feeling unwell
  • Vaginal bleeding before 12 weeks of pregnancy
  • Diarrhoea  
  • Vomiting
  • Aches and pains if concerned
  • Urine infection
  • Any illness not associated with pregnancy
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Peterborough City Hospital

Pain or bleeding and up to 14 weeks pregnant

Contact our Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit on 01733 673758.

The unit is run by senior specialist nurses and doctors.

Opening hours:

  • Monday to Friday - 8am - 8pm
  • Saturday and Sunday - 8am - 12 noon

Questions about pregnancy, birth, baby and postnatal issues
Contact our maternity helpline on
01733 677266.

Our helpline gives you and your partner direct access to a midwife 7 days a week 24 hours a day.

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Hinchingbrooke Hospital

Non-urgent pregnancy related concerns
Contact your named community midwife between 9am to 5pm. You may be asked to leave a message so that one of the available midwives can return your call.

Change an appointment
Telephone your GP surgery and leave your midwife a message.

Phone the labour ward on 01480 847480 if you experience any of the following:

  • You think labour has started
  • Any bleeding
  • Your waters have broken
  • Headaches and visual disturbances
  • Car accidents
  • Falls 
  • Abdominal pain
  • Urine infections not treated by your GP
A reduction in your baby's movement (5.30pm - 8.30am weekdays, weekends and bank holidays) at all other times please phone the maternity day assessment unit on 01480 442830.

Maternity services at NWAngliaFT uses electronic maternity notes (K2 Athena) and as part of this system you are able to see your online maternity notes.  You will need to have an email address to register.

My Pregnancy Notes includes a self-referral form with the opportunity to complete a pre- booking questionnaire; information that will help the community midwife team when making your booking appointment.         

If you requested online access to your maternity notes, your midwife will have activated this at your booking appointment. You will have received a username and password to the mobile number that you gave to the midwife at booking.

A guide to accessing your maternity notes:

To help you access your online maternity notes, staff in the maternity department have produced a step-by-step guide explaining how to log onto your maternity record. This guide has also been translated into a number of different languages.

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We believe that every woman needs a midwife but some need a doctor too which is why we offer two main types of antenatal care – midwife or consultant led. Your antenatal plan will be tailored to meet your individual needs. With a low-risk first pregnancy, you can expect approximately 10 appointments. With subsequent low-risk pregnancies, this is lowered to eight.
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Peterborough City Hospital

Antenatal Day Unit (ADU)

The Antenatal Day Unit is staffed by two of our experienced midwives. Women attend the unit for monitoring of on-going obstetric problems including obstetric cholestasis, pre-eclampsia, diabetes, growth restriction, oligohydramnios, reduced fetal movements, as well as routine appointments for pre-op assessments, scan reviews, presentation scans, and membrane sweeps.

While the unit operate an appointment system, our midwives often have to prioritise women according to the nature of the appointment; therefore women are not always seen in the order in which they arrive. We would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

Please bring all paperwork including paper booklets, scan reports/GROW chart if booked on K2 to your Antenatal Day Unit appointments.

If you have any queries regarding booking/changing/cancelling ADU appointments, please call the Maternity helpline. (01733 677266)

Antenatal Consultant Clinic

Our antenatal consultant clinic is for pregnant women with on-going health problems or pregnant women who have had problems with previous pregnancies.

The clinic is held on a daily basis and there is one clinic held at Stamford Hospital on Friday mornings.

Urine samples are required for consultant clinic appointments and bottles are always available from the department if required.

Please bring your notes, either the booklet or the paperwork generated at the time of the blood tests or scan.

When attending your first appointment, it is essential that you bring some form of written identification such as a utility bill, phone bill, or bank statement with your name and address on and a picture ID such as passport or driving licence.

There is often more than one consultant clinic running at a time, therefore it is possible that some patients will be called through sooner than others.

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Hinchingbrooke Hospital

The antenatal clinic is on the ground floor in the Treatment Centre and includes an ultrasound suite. Consultant-led antenatal clinics are held in the antenatal clinic during the week.

A variety of clinics are run by the Maternity Team, our specialist clinics include: diabetes, anaesthetics, fetal medicine (scanning), and pre-operative assessments. If your home address is out of the hospital's geographical boundaries you will be offered a hospital appointment at the same time as your early dating scan to meet with a hospital midwife.

We know that coming into hospital can be daunting, especially during these unprecedented times. The maternity team at North West Anglia NHS Foundation held two Facebook Lives which gave women the opportunity to see their our maternity unit from an antenatal perspective and what to expect when coming in to give birth, e.g. what services we offer, the rooms, support that's available etc.

The virtual tour for Peterborough City Hospital can be watched here.

The virtual tour for Hinchingbrooke Hospital can be watched here

Please remember when visiting our hospitals to wear a face mask/covering and to sanitise your hands. 

Our bereavement midwives and a dedicated team provide care and support for women and their families following pregnancy loss from 12 weeks gestation at Hinchingbrooke and 16 weeks gestation at Peterborough. This includes babies who have sadly died after birth. For more information please click here.