Firstly we’d like to acknowledge that this is a difficult time for many pregnant women and their partners. The uncertainty and changing restrictions can be very challenging to navigate. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to support you during your pregnancy, whilst also keeping our staff as safe as possible.
We are very proud that our teams have managed to maintain some of the highest levels of access for women and birthing partners in the region and this is something we have worked really hard to achieve, recognising how important it is to our women and families. We’d like to thank all our staff for their hard work to make this happen.
We are now able to slightly increase the access for women and birthing partners to have support, which includes:
- Inpatient areas, designated birthing partner can attend between 8am-8pm. Siblings may also attend however this needs to be arranged with the Midwife in Charge to be allocated a time slot in advance. These time slots are allocated to allow for social distancing so we’re unable to offer a choice of times at the moment.
Birthing partner can continue to:
Be present for dating, anomaly and growth scans
- Be present for early pregnancy scans - lateral flow testing for partners is required for EPAU only and you’ll need to attend 45 minutes to an hour ahead of your appointment please
- All consultant appointments
- All Antenatal day unit appointments
Support you throughout labour (incl. induction of labour)
- Visit from 8am – 8pm on the ward
Birthing partners are still not allowed to stay overnight during this time.
We would also like to reiterate the following:
- Only one birthing partner is able to present for labour
- Please wear a face covering, preferably a surgical mask when in corridors and communal areas, and when a member of staff is present in the room with you, this helps protect both our mums, birthing partners and staff
- Women and birthing people in labour are not required to wear a mask at any time
- Remember to maintain the 2 metre social distance from staff within the room/bay
- Remain at the bedside for the duration of the stay and do not wander around the unit or in the women’s and children’s atrium
- Curtains will be drawn as a protective measure between yourselves and other patients / visitors
- Be aware that birthing partners may be requested to leave the bed space if a situation arises or a procedure is being undertaken that would mean social distancing could not be maintained
- Children still can’t be present for antenatal scans/appointments at this time
We aim to continue to keep you informed at all times and appreciate your patience during these unprecedented times.