COVID-19 Maternity Information
The new pregnancy pathway
Beginning with the initial online registration of the pregnancy, the mum-to-be will be allocated an assessment appointment over the telephone.
A short, 15-minute face-to-face appointment for blood tests and other assessments will take place in a safe clinic setting where social distancing can be performed. The community midwife will be in full personal protective equipment (PPE).
Routine scans to assess the baby’s development will take place – a partner is welcome to attend EPAC , dating, anomaly, nuchal and growth scans
Following national guidance, at some point all pregnant women will be asked to be seen alone in a private appointment.
We aim to offer routine ‘in person’ appointments wherever possible, where the community midwife, or health professional will be wearing PPE. In periods of increased Government restrictions or in times of reduced resources due to the pandemic, some of these may be performed virtually or by telephone.
All appointments will be limited to 15-minutes.
If for any reason you are required to be admitted to the antenatal ward, your birth partner will be allowed to visit at allocated times which includes induction of labour. There are a range of videos later on this page with vital advice and information.
Some of the most significant changes will be made during the birth of your baby.
While only one birth partner will be allowed, birth will still take place in a private room, compete with an en-suite bathroom ensuring both privacy and less chance of transmission of infection. To reduce risk of infection, the birth partner will be asked to take a Lateral Flow COVID-19 test – this self-administered test returns a result within 30 minutes.
Midwives will wear enhanced PPE during deliveries, including full face shields. Theatre staff assisting with caesarean deliveries will also be wearing enhanced PPE.
The birth partner will be able to visit the woman and baby after the birth but the Trust aims, whenever safe, to ensure mum and the new-born are home within six hours of delivery. However, if this is not possible, visiting of the birth partner is permitted but with restrictions in place.
Wherever possible we aim to provide in-person post-natal appointments following the birth of your baby. As a standard we will see you on the first day following discharge, when your baby is five days old and again at ten days old. Your community midwife will make an individual plan to suit the needs of you and your baby. We can offer breastfeeding support in person or virtually if required.
We would like to reassure pregnant women that safety is our key priority, and we are following the guidance published by the Royal Colleges.
A reminder that anyone with a:
- high temperature
- a loss of, or a change in senses of taste or smell
- new, persistent cough (a cough that won’t go away), please:
- DO NOT attend for your hospital appointment, scan or community midwife appointment. These can be rearranged following self -isolation
- Follow government self-isolation advice
- Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in pregnancy
- Message to pregnant women from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
Please follow advice on these websites, as this will reflect national evidence and the evolving situation. For further information please visit the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
Any queries regarding your pregnancy?
If you have any question at all about your pregnancy you can contact one of our Maternity Assessment Units.
- North Tees: 01642 624239
- Hartlepool: 01429 522879
Read the Maternity Care During Coronavirus Outbreak: Information for Service Users for more details.
November 2020 – COVID-19 New visiting information
- For anyone attending a planned antenatal appointment OR attending the maternity assessment unit (MAU): No visitor is permitted to attend with you. No children will be allowed to attend. Please adhere to government social distancing guidance whilst in the waiting area.
- Delivery suite: one birthing partner only for all admissions to the delivery suite. You will not be allowed to swap with another birthing partner. Please bring plenty refreshments for your birthing partner as they will not be permitted to leave the unit for the duration
- Antenatal Patients (Ward 22): One birth partner to an allocated visiting session or for one-hour after the induction of labour.
- Postnatal Patients (Ward 22): Birthing partner only, 10 am to 8pm. Please note partners will no longer be permitted to stay over night, or allowed repeated access to the units
Community Midwifery Antenatal appointments and Postnatal Care
We will be performing some of your care by telephone consultation to reduce in person contact, to comply with the Governments social distancing and Self-isolation guidance. Your Community Midwifery Teams will contact you before your scheduled antenatal appointments and following delivery to plan your care. Your care will be provided by either a traditional appointment or telephone consultation following the initial telephone triage call by your community midwife.
Temporary Service Suspension:
- Due to the Government guidance of social distancing and self-isolation, we have temporarily suspended all parent education and Breast feeding workshops.
Thank you from your maternity team for your support at this time.
COVID-19 and its impact on the refugee and asylum seeker community during pregnancy
Members of the refugee and asylum seeker community will find some useful informational videos below in eight languages. These videos have been co-produced by the Local Maternity Systems and the Regional
Refugee Forum North East and its members.
Translated youtube videosAlbanian Arabic French Urdu Amharic Farsi Swahili Tamil
Recent research shows that COVID-19 is having a disproportionate impact on Black, Asian, and minority ethnic pregnant women. All are at increased risk of becoming unwell. Black pregnant women are eight times more likely to be admitted to hospital with COVID-19 than white pregnant women, while Asian women are four times more likely. Kathryn urges pregnant women to seek help immediately if they have any concerns about their health or their unborn baby’s health, explains how to access maternity services and the steps these services are taking to make sure they’re safe during the virus context and explains the importance of getting enough Vitamin D. She also responds to some of the claims circulating on social media that create mistrust and can deter pregnant BAME women from accessing NHS services.