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Coronavirus update for maternity services

We are making changes to keep mums, babies and families safe. We are very sorry to ask you to do this at such an important time for you and your family. But your safety and that of your baby and your family is our top priority. 

Appointments

  • We will contact you to discuss any changes to your upcoming appointment. If we make any changes to your upcoming appointment we will telephone you, otherwise please attend as planned

  • We may offer you a phone or video consultation to replace your upcoming appointment, but we will discuss this with you first

  • Glucose tolerance test appointments will still be held in hospital – if you have a glucose tolerance test scheduled, please come to hospital for that appointment

  • Please do not bring anyone to your appointment — you must attend your appointment alone to help prevent the spread of infection. 

Scans

  • Please do not bring anyone to your scan appointment — you must attend your appointment alone to help prevent the spread of infection. 

Birth partners and visitors

  • You may have one named birthing partner with you for the duration of your labour and delivery
  • Only your birthing partner can visit you while you are in hospital. We cannot allow any other visitors, to help prevent the spread of infection
  • We cannot allow partners to stay overnight in the ward areas. 

Antenatal classes and tours

  • We have to cancel antenatal classes, tours and drop-in sessions until further notice. 

Guidance for women considering home births

Please be aware that in the current unprecedented situation with Coronavirus, our local ambulance service is under significant pressure. This means that support for all conditions from the ambulance service, including complications that can arise during home births, will be stretched.

This means that giving birth at home may present a higher degree of risk to women and babies than it would ordinarily. The safety of mums and babies is our priority, so we have taken the decision to suspend the home birthing service at this time. 

We are very sorry if this decision has disappointed you. We are running a full maternity service from the from the Midwifery Led Units (MLU) and the labour wards at the William Harvey Hospital and the Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital.  We look forward to welcoming you there for the birth of your baby.

Useful links

You can find helpful information about pregnancy and our maternity services on the MOMA app and our maternity web pages as well as our social media channels: FacebookTwitter, Instagram 




Message from your local Maternity Voices Partnership during Covid-19

Becoming a parent can be a bit scary at the best of times but with the changes to maternity services due to Covid-19, things can seem more overwhelming than usual. It can be hard to keep up with what all this means for your care throughout pregnancy and when your baby is born.                                                                                        

Your local Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP) is a great resource at this time. Each Kent MVP has links to their local hospital, birthing centres, midwives and heads of maternity. 

MVPs can help with any questions you have and are also collecting the contact details of private and charity birthing world professionals who can give advice on breastfeeding, pregnancy, birth and caring for your new baby on the phone or on video chat. 

Please use the links below to find your local MVP on Facebook, subscribe to posts by ‘liking’ the page and feel free to ask them any general questions you have. 

Important note: MVPs are independent from the Trusts they represent but will help you by signposting to the information you need. 

Any queries about the health of you or your baby must be directed straight to a healthcare professional at the hospital via the maternity triage line.

Links for the Facebook pages:

https://www.facebook.com/NorthKentMVP

https://www.facebook.com/MVPMedway/

https://www.facebook.com/MVPEastKent/

https://www.facebook.com/BirthVoices/