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Information for pregnant women and their families

The importance of support from family members to women cannot be overstated, bringing comfort to women, their family, and staff. However, we need to carefully balance this with the additional potential risks to women, family members and staff that visiting brings.

The following information is designed to keep women, babies, families and staff safe and details current information. It is essential that your visitors including your birth partner are not ill or showing any symptoms of coronavirus.

Antenatal and Postnatal Wards

Within the ante-natal and post-natal wards, we encourage a person-centred, flexible visiting approach for birth partners and one other visitor only at this time.

Further information about visiting inpatient wards can be found here.

Labour Ward

During labour and birth we welcome your birthing partner who will be allowed to stay throughout the whole labour experience.

A further birth partner will be accommodated where able and if you wish this.

Ultrasound Appointment

Your birthing partner and one additional visitor can attend all of your scan appointments and maybe asked to remain either in the car or outside the clinic until they are called to the department.

The clinics are busy and space is limited and the priority has to be safe access to maternity care.

Maternity Outpatient Appointments

Your birth partner can accompany you to all appointments and one additional support if required.

Your birth partner and the one additional support maybe asked to remain either in the car or outside the clinic until they are called to the department. The clinics are busy and space is limited and the priority has to be safe access to maternity care.