This page is a printable version of: https://www.iow.nhs.uk/our-services/planned-care-services/maternity/maternity.htm
Date: 28 October 2021
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Continuation of Maternity Services during the COVID-19 outbreak
We appreciate that this is a worrying time for you and your family. The Isle of Wight Maternity Services team have been working hard to plan how our services will continue to provide safe care during the COVID-19 outbreak. We will continue to provide all of our essential services face to face.
We would like to stress that the maternity services continue to be fully staffed 24 hours a day and are safe for you to attend. We have identified designated isolation areas within the service. It is really important that if you are worried about your pregnancy or your babies movements that you contact us straight away, in order for us to be able to see you and assess yours and your babies well being.
We understand that self isolation can be challenging for some families, if you are feeling anxious and would like to talk to somebody please do not hesitate to contact maternity any time of the day or night where one of our midwives will only be too happy to talk to you about your concerns.
We thank you again for your understanding at this very difficult time.
If you or your partner thinks they may have symptoms of coronavirus, you should use the NHS 111 online service for information and inform us. Please do not attend your antenatal appointment.
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Maternity visiting times
Maternity visiting times
We appreciate that the arrival of a baby is a special event and are constantly reviewing our visiting restrictions and we are undertaking this in a planned and phased way in order for us to manage the number of people in the department and ensure the safety of our women, babies, staff and wider community
Current Visiting - Updated 24th August 2021
Your birth partner is welcome to attend all appointments in both community and hospital, including scan appointments and DAU as long as they wear a face covering. Prior to attending your antenatal clinic or scan appointments, please complete a Lateral Flow Test and bring proof of a negative result (the test/a photo) to your appointment. If your test result is positive please do not attend but call us to make suitable arrangements.
Induction of Labour, Labour, Elective Caesarean Section and ECV
Your birth partner can be with you throughout induction of labour and labour. You can also have your birth partner with you when attending for an ECV.
It is important that your partner does not keep coming in and out of the room and wears a face covering or mask. On arrival both you and your birth partner will be screened for Covid. If your partner declines screening for Covid then they unfortunately will not be able to attend the ward to be with you postnatally. If your partner tests positive for Covid 19 then we will ask you to arrange for an alternative, Covid negative, partner to join you instead.
One birth partner who was present at the birth of your baby, can visit on the postnatal ward if they have screened negative for Covid 19 and wear a face covering.
If you have any concerns about your pregnancy please contact the maternity unit on 01983 534392 or the Day Assessment Unit on 01983 534338
We look after approximately 1000 women having babies each year, and aim to provide a high quality service that puts women and their families at the centre of their care. Ensuring safety, whilst promoting birth as a unique and special occasion in each family.
We offer a choice of Midwifery Led Care for women with low risk pregnancies to have their babies at home or in hospital, or Consultant Led Care for women with underlying/pregnancy related health concerns, to have their babies in hospital.
(In an emergency (for example heavy bleeding) dial 999)