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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the role of the midwife?
A. The role of the midwife is to care for women during normal pregnancy, labour and the postnatal period.

Q. Who is 'my midwife' and who will be responsible for my care?
A. You will be allocated a community midwife. She will look after you antenatally in the community setting. On admission to hospital you will be looked after by a midwife working within the hospital team.

Q. How can I contact a community midwife?
A. Following your booking appointment you will find your midwives' telephone number at the start of your notes. Alternatively, she can be contacted via the Maternity Co-ordinator on 01983 822099 ext 3210. She is available Monday to Friday 8am-8pm, and will offer advice and help with appointment changes.

Q. Where will I receive my antenatal care?
A. You can chose where and by whom you receive your care. The choices for antenatal care are:

  • At home
  • At Health Centres and GP surgeries
  • At St Mary's Hospital.

Q. Who will deliver my baby?
A. Midwives deliver approximately 75% of all babies. Should a problem arise, however, a member of the medical staff will be available to assist you and, if necessary, deliver your baby.

Q. Where will I be able to have my baby?
Possible options are:

  • Home birth
  • Hospital delivery - St Mary's Hospital provides integrated consultant led care with midwifery led care and we also have a 'home from home' room to keep things as relaxed as possible within the hospital setting
  • Or anywhere within our SHIP Region - please click here for more information.

Q. If I decide on a hospital delivery, how long will I need to stay in?
A. Your length of stay will be discussed with you before you have your baby, but will remain very flexible, from six hours to five days, depending on your choice and circumstances.

Q. Can my partner stay with me in hospital?
A. Yes. For further information regarding this service, please see our new leaflet.

Q. Who can visit me and when during my stay in hospital?
A. Anyone can visit you during your stay, however, we do ask that only the baby's siblings (and no other children) visit. Visiting times are as follows:

  • Partners and baby's siblings only - 09.00-21.00
  • Other visitors - 14.00-19.00 (limited to 2 per bed space)

Q. How do I learn more about pregnancy, childbirth and meet other prospective parents?
A. We are not currently holding any Parentcraft groups due the Covid-19 pandemic. However, you can access online classes and further pregnancy information by clicking here.

Q. What is a scan?
A. An ultrasound scan uses sound waves to build up a picture of your baby, helping us to check how well your baby is developing.

Q. What happens during the scan?
A. You will be told during your scan what can be seen on the screen. We should be able to tell you - if you are expecting more than one baby, when your baby is due (more accurately than by the date of your last period) and if your baby is developing properly.

Q. How many people can attend my scan with me?
A. The ultrasound scan is a clinical examination, therefore we ask that you only bring one other adult i.e. your partner or friend/relative with you. This allows the sonographer to concentrate on your baby and not be distracted during the exam. To view the scan room fact sheet click here. To view the reasons why click here.

Q. Why do I need my labour started by induction?
A. There are many reasons why your Consultant may recommend your labour is started. The most common one is that you have gone past your expected date, or he or she may have other concerns. Any recommendations will be supported by national guidelines.

Q. How do I register my baby's birth?
The registrar is now based at the Seaclose Offices, Fairlee Road, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 2QS. An appointment is required to register the birth of your baby and can be made by phoning 01983 823233.

Q. How should my relatives and friends address cards and letters?
A. Mail should be addressed as follows:

  • First full name and surname
  • Maternity Ward
  • St Mary's Hospital
  • Parkhurst Road
  • Newport
  • Isle of Wight PO30 5TG

Q. Are flowers allowed on the Maternity Ward?
A. Flowers are allowed on the Maternity Unit, but not in the Labour Suite.

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