Expecting a baby is a very exciting time, and our maternity service team is passionate about delivering ‘excellence as standard’ for all our parents and newborn babies.
Our dedicated team of healthcare professionals will work with you to deliver high standards of care throughout your pregnancy journey with us.
We provide maternity care at both the University Hospital of North Tees, University Hospital of Hartlepool and within the community. Supporting mums-to-be during all stages of their pregnancy – from their very first appointment through to labour and post-natal support.
Our aim is to offer you specialist support throughout and to keep you as informed as possible – so that you can make the very best care choices for you and your baby.
Where do I start?
Register your pregnancy with us
Congratulations on your pregnancy!
Our Trust provides a single point of access for all maternity referrals in the Peterlee, Hartlepool, Stockton and surrounding areas. The aim is to make sure you have access to the right care from day one.
Our team will triage your referral based on the information you provide and the hospital will contact you to start your antenatal care. In the meantime if you are worried about your pregnancy, please tell your GP straight away.
Please tell us about your pregnancy by completing the online referral form and a member of our team will be contact. If in any doubt, please contact our advice line 01642 624239.Self-refer your pregnancy on Badger Notes
Getting your Flu Jab
2023/24 will be our fourth flu season where the maternity service will deliver on the Flu vaccination programme.
Each year this goes from strength to strength. Last year we successfully vaccinated 600 pregnant women in our local area, this years target is 850.
Our community midwives share information regarding the Flu vaccine after completion of the online booking/registration form.
An ante-natal email is sent to all women highlighting the benefits of Flu vaccination in pregnancy. The vaccine is then offered by our community midwives at your booking appointment and throughout the pregnancy – making every contact count (MECC)
This year our maternity assistants will be trained to deliver on the vaccination programme which hopefully will increase our numbers of vaccinated pregnant women.
Our maternity assessment units also supports the programme and offers flu vaccines to all women who have not been vaccinated.
Supporting you through every stage of your pregnancy
Throughout our service pages you’ll find information to support your pregnancy journey and to help you to make informed choices on your care:
Information on where and how you can choose to deliver your baby with us and the other departments and wards that may be involved in your care with us.
This section is devoted to providing you with all the important information you may need to know before you give birth and some of our supporting services (antenatal).
Badger Notes is your paperless, electronic records system for recording and tracking your pregnancy with us.
Information on what to bring with you, early signs of labour and what you might expect during your babies delivery.
Information on the post-natal part of your journey, information on our community midwifery team and when you might expect to go home.
Key resources and leaflets to support your journey, your baby and you. Compiled resources for antenatal, labour, postnatal, neonatal and bereavement support.
Information on the education and information sessions we have available to support you
Our specialist bereavement service is here to support families who have sadly experienced loss at any point during their pregnancy.
Our maternity research midwives may ask if you want to take part in a research study that could lead to breakthroughs in healthcare.
Support for new parents on feeding choices for their baby.
How you can reflect on your journey and leave feedback to help us to continue to improve our services for our patients
Key maternity contact numbers and emails.
Pregnancy and Birth Choices app
The pregnancy and birth choices app gives mums-to-be across the North East access to information they might require throughout their pregnancy and after their baby is born.
Providing key information and advice, it aims to help expectant mums make informed choices about their birth from trusted NHS sources, all in one place, and right at their fingertips.
How to leave feedback
We hope your stay with us is as pleasant as possible. However, if at any time you or your visitors have a question or concern please:
- Speak to the midwife looking after you or the midwife in change
- Contact our patient experience team
After your pregnancy and birth, you may also wish to leave feedback on your experience:
- Complete our patient survey on ward
- Share your experience with our reflections team
- Share your feedback (and get service updates) with our Maternity Voices Partnership