If you have a new continuous cough , a high temperature , or a loss or change to your sense of taste or smell , do not come to our hospitals. Follow the national advice. Patients and visitors must wear a face covering in our hospitals. This site is best viewed with a modern browser. You appear to be using an old version of Internet Explorer. We would like to answer your questions about arrangements we have made to ensure that you continue to be supported and cared for safely through pregnancy, birth and the period afterwards. Read this feedback from a mother who gave birth on 21 April
Your pregnancy – What to expect
If you plan to give birth at home, contact your midwife to discuss your options. Giving birth in our hospitals At present women on low risk pathways who are not suspected or confirmed to have coronavirus can still choose to have a water birth in our birth centres or on our labour wards. We are currently still able to perform planned and emergency caesarean sections but would like to inform women who are booked with us that we may need to change the date of any planned procedure depending on staff availability.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this. As the pandemic progresses we will continue to prioritise the safety of women and their babies. If there is a significant reduction in staff, it may not be possible to support planned caesarean sections which have no medical or obstetric indication.
We are continuing to offer ultrasound scans at 12 weeks and 20 weeks at present All women are offered a dating scan at around 12 weeks, with the option of.
It is important that you see a Midwife as early as possible in your pregnancy. Women have their first and longest Antenatal appointment between 6 – 12 weeks of pregnancy with their Midwife. This is called a “booking” visit and involves questions about your health, any illnesses or previous pregnancies. This helps us to see if there may be any possible problems during your pregnancy and allows us to tailor your Antenatal care for your specific needs.
At the start of your pregnancy, during your booking visit, your Midwife will make an assessment based on your previous and current medical and pregnancy history. If you have not had any problems, then the Midwife will state that you are low risk and will be suitable for Midwifery-led care. This means that you will have all of your Antenatal care provided by the Midwife, and you will only need to attend the hospital for routine scan appointments.
You will not see an Obstetrician unless a problem arises. During your pregnancy we will continuously assess you and your baby to ensure that we provide the appropriate care for you and your baby. At or around 36 weeks the Midwife will discuss your birth plan with you and complete a Risk Assessment to check that your pregnancy has been uneventful. If you and the Midwife are happy, then they will state that you are low risk and will give you the contact details for the Midwifery-led Unit to call when you are in labour.
If all is well you will stay low risk. If you remain on the high risk pathway you may be seen more often at the hospital Antenatal Clinic where your care will be shared between your Obstetrician, specialist teams and Community Midwife.
Patients & Visitors
Direct contact with the midwives can result in earlier access to health information and screening that can help the health and wellbeing of both mum and baby. This can help to reduce potential complications by making sure mums get the advice they need to give their babies the best start in life. An answer phone service is in place where you can leave your details. Once we have your details we aim to contact you within 2 working days, at busy times this may take us a little longer.
Dating scans (to include first trimester screening); Anatomy and Placental Localisation (A&P) scans booked between 18 – 20+6 weeks of.
For the latest updates from the Maternity Department follow us on Facebook. These measures are necessary to help us to further protect our patients, staff and visitors from Coronavirus COVID Birthing partners are an exception to this rule and there is more detail on this in the section on labour and birth. However, there are no visitors permitted on the antenatal ward Ward 24 or the postnatal ward Ward 25 due to these restrictions.
As of Monday 6th July one partner is able to attend week 12 and 20 maternity scans, further information on this can be seen below. Please be advised that partners are still unable to attend any growth scans at this moment in time. We will be keeping this position under continuous review.
Your Guide to NHS Pregnancy Ultrasound Scans
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At these appointments you will be given a range of information about your options during pregnancy. This information is to help you to make informed choices. The aim is to promote care, which is safe and personalised to you and your baby. At your first appointment with your midwife you will be given a copy of the following booklets and leaflets. One of the most important ones is your Maternity Care Record. This contains important information, documentation and records of your pregnancy.
Please look after this document carefully and take it with you every time you visit your Midwife, Doctor or any other antenatal appointment. Screening tests for you and your baby. Pain relief in labour. Feeding your new baby. This site uses automatic translation software provided by Google. The Trust cannot verify its accuracy and you should not rely on the information translated.
Throughout your pregnancy, you will be offered a number of screening tests to check the health of you and your baby. It is your choice whether you want to have the tests and your community midwife will be able to answer any questions or concerns you have before you make a decision. During your first appointment with the midwife, we will ask your permission to take a blood and urine sample for routine screening.
This is so that we can check your blood group and also test for a variety of conditions including:. You are welcome to bring someone with you when you come for your scan.
What scans to expect during your pregnancy. Dating Scan – All pregnant women are offered an ultrasound scan at around 11 weeks and two days and 14 weeks.
To help us keep our patients, staff and visitors safe, stop the spread of Coronavirus Covid , visiting restrictions are in place — please see click here for the latest information. During your pregnancy you will be offered a number of screening tests. Your midwife will advise you which tests are offered and why. These tests can help you find out more about your own health and the health of your baby before birth. Some of these tests are best taken before 10 weeks of pregnancy.
Therefore, as soon as you know you are pregnant please contact your GP, Midwife or complete our online referral form:. It is always your choice whether to have a test or not. The information which these tests can provide may help your midwife to provide the best care possible during your pregnancy and the birth. The test results may also help you to make choices about your pregnancy. We routinely offer all women blood tests in the early stages of pregnancy to check for any potential problems.
We recommend these tests are taken before 9 weeks of pregnancy. For women booking later than this we recommend the tests are taken as soon as possible. In addition to checking your haemoglobin for low iron level anaemia , your blood group and rhesus factor, we also recommend screening for the following:.
During your pregnancy
You will mainly be under the care of a midwifery team throughout your pregnancy. Most women should have a named midwife who will oversee your pregnancy care. You may also require the care of a Doctor if your pregnancy is deemed more complex or you have pre-existing health conditions. Your midwife will check your blood pressure, dip your urine and ask about your growing baby at each antenatal appointment.
Your schedule of appointments will vary depending on your individual circumstances and this will be discussed with you with your midwife at the initial appointment.
– Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust. You will need to go to hospital for your ultrasound scans. At this appointment, you will have your first ultrasound scan which is known as the dating scan.
It involves high frequency sound waves which are transmitted through the skin and reflected by the internal organs and structures. The procedure should not be painful. Many parts of the body can be investigated by ultrasound but the technique is commonly used to examine the abdominal organs liver and kidney , the pelvis, the heart and the major blood vessels. Other areas which may be examined include the eyes, breasts, and thyroid gland.
Most pregnancies are now monitored by ultrasound examination to assess the age, health and position of the unborn baby. Areas of the body which cannot be successfully examined by ultrasound are those covered by bone, for example the adult brain, and those filled with air, like the lungs. Abnormalities which may show up in ultrasound examinations include cysts, tumours and infections.
Blockages in major blood vessels can also be detected. Ultrasound is a very safe technique and can be used to examine adults, children and babies. For most ultrasound examinations no specific care is needed before the test. However, to examine certain areas of the body successfully, special preparation is sometimes required. The Ultrasound departments across the trust are all very busy and work on an appointment system only.
If you cannot attend or think you might be late please ring us.