Maternity

Expecting a baby is a very exciting time, and now you can choose where your child is brought into the world.

We have given you some information here about the options available to you so that you can discuss them further with your midwife, partner and family.

You can have your baby:

  • at home
  • with the birthing centre team midwives at the University Hospital of Hartlepool
  • at the maternity unit under midwife led or consultant led care at the University Hospital of North Tees maternity unit

You can now take a virtual tour of our maternity services at University Hospital of North Tees.
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If you decide to deliver at the University Hospital of Hartlepool or at home and there are any complications you will be transferred to University Hospital of North Tees by ambulance. We are therefore reliant on the ambulance service and its response times for the speed of the transfer.

Both hospitals at the trust are teaching hospitals and students may be present. If you do not wish a student to be involved in your care please could you let you midwife know.

What are the main things I need to consider when deciding where I want my baby to be born?

There are important factors that you need to consider when making your decision. These include:

  • your safety
  • the safety of your baby
  • your own personal choice
  • where you will feel most comfortable, confident, relaxed and in control of your labour and delivery
  • the facilities you may require for birth

Your community midwife will assess your needs to advise if you are low risk and under the care of a midwife for your pregnancy or high risk requiring a consultant obstetrician for your pregnancy care and/or labour. Your midwife will discuss the reasons for the options available to you when discussing your choices.

Choices you make during your early pregnancy may be affected by any problems that develop during your pregnancy. If any of these affect your choices then these will be discussed with you by your midwife or obstetric doctor.

HypnoBirthing and active birthing

We’re offering HypnoBirthing and active birth classes for expectant mothers and their partners, to help women have a more relaxing and comfortable birth by using self-hypnosis, relaxation and breathing techniques.

Simple guidance for parents

Every month a few healthy babies are admitted to the neonatal unit due to low blood sugar levels and/or a low temperature.

Here are some simple steps to help prevent this.

Professional midwifery advocate

A new model for midwifery supervision came into effect in April 2017. To find out more visit here