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Welcome to St George’s Maternity Unit. We look forward to caring for you and your baby during your pregnancy, birth and afterwards.  We continue to work hard to keep you, your baby and our staff safe during the Covid-19 outbreak.

If you are pregnant and would like to have your baby at St Georges, please complete the booking form by following this link. You can use this form to self-refer before you see your GP.  A midwife will contact you to arrange a telephone booking appointment.

You can find lots of useful information and resources about your pregnancy, labour and beyond here.

A list of useful contact numbers for the Maternity Unit are available here

We have an active Twitter account with regular updates on our service as well as useful videos, information and pictures. Be sure to follow us here!

Make sure to ask your Midwife if the Team you are under has an Instagram account or another way to stay informed.

Maternity Unit Tour

We have created this maternity tour video to show you the unit, how to get there and what to expect. We hope this is helpful for you.

Thanks to James Newton for creating this film.

Visitors to our maternity unit during Covid-19 (Coronavirus) UPDATE! 

January 2021:

In view of the current situation please note our updated visiting arrangements as follows:

One birth partner who is in your bubble CAN:

  • Attend all ultrasound appointments. They will now be asked to wait outside the hospital until you are called for your appointment. (After the scan, they will be asked to leave the room and they will meet you outside)
  • Attend most antenatal appointments at the hospital. They will be asked to wait outside until you are called for your appointment.  Unfortunately partners cannot attend clinics in the community due to social distancing.
  • Be with you on the antenatal ward from 10am – 6pm, including for induction of labour. Due to having only shared bays your partner will be expected to comply with the strict Covid measures in place, including wearing  a face covering for the entire time within the hospital.
  • Be with you throughout labour, including when support is needed during induction of labour and birth in theatre where clinically appropriate.
  • Be with you on the postnatal ward from 10am – 6pm (including wearing  a face covering for the entire time within the hospital.)
  • Exemptions for face coverings – if you are exempt for medical reasons, please wear a face shield and more importantly consider whether you should be entering clinical areas for your own safety.

All birth partners should be free of Covid-19 symptoms, not be in self-isolation, and MUST wear a mask at all times in the hospital.  Unfortunately birth partners cannot be swapped once you are admitted. If you request a second birth partner in labour and there are exceptional circumstances to be considered, please talk to your midwife as part of your birth plan discussion as this must be signed off by a Consultant Midwife and documented in your handheld notes.  Unfortunately we are unable to have any other visitors to our wards or clinics at present, including no children.

These visiting arrangements may be subject to change at short notice depending on changes to national and local alert levels.

Most antenatal and postnatal appointments are now taking place face to face, and your midwife will advise you of the location.  For a list of contact details for the midwifery teams, see here.

Breastfeeding support is available in person or on the telephone.  For further details see here.

The Homebirth service has been restarted from Friday 15th January 2021. Please click here for more information.

Women will always have a midwife with them in labour and we encourage women to speak to their midwife with any questions or concerns about their pregnancy or birth. Our aim is to ensure that you can have a very positive birth experience with our dedicated staff during this pandemic. We look forward to seeing you all soon.

Please email our Consultant Midwife for Public Health, Chelone Lee-Wo for further information at chelone.leewo@stgeorges.nhs.uk  and join our Consultant Midwives’ weekly online Q&A  sessions by emailing maternity.experience@stgeorges.nhs.uk

Our Midwives in Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

A message from our Director of Midwifery to all our pregnant women:

These are some pictures of one of our lovely Midwives in her personal protection equipment (PPE).  We wanted to show you these pictures so that you know what your midwife might look like in PPE. This equipment is used to protect you, your baby and ourselves against Covid-19.  This personal protective equipment is very rarely used but you may see it if you need to go to theatre.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What women say about our services

“Whilst I was very scared and extremely worried about giving birth again, the midwife who I had throughout the whole labour, was amazing……As a result, I had no blood loss. I had no tears, I was able to bond with my baby straight away and breast feed well. I recovered from labour in no time, due to her professionalism.”

“I want to reassure you that your staff are doing a fantastic job despite the huge demands placed on them.”

“My husband and I will be forever grateful to the individuals involved and the NHS for the extremely high level of care provided”

 

 

 

 

More feedback from women can be found on NHS Choices.

What CQC says about our maternity service

maternity cqc

The maternity service was rated as Good overall and Outstanding for Effective by the CQC in the report in November 2016.