Maternity Services

Coronavirus - Maternity visiting restrictions

Following the changes implemented by the Government we have had to review our maternity visiting restrictions - this will take immediate effect.

  • Unfortunately women will need to attend alone for all antenatal, postnatal and ultrasound scan
    appointments either in the hospital or in a community setting. Women will be able to video the end of the scan so they can share this with their partner and we are also offering one free scan photograph.
  • When attending for booked induction of labour, women should attend on their own and partner can join them once she is admitted to delivery suite.
  • One birth partner can be present when in labour and admitted to the delivery suite. Once transferred to the postnatal ward, your partner will be asked to leave.
  • When attending for a booked caesarean section, your partner can attend and stay with you until you are transferred to the postnatal ward.
  • No visitors will be allowed on the ante/postnatal wards - this includes partners. 

We acknowledge how difficult these restrictions will be to families and we ask for your understanding and co-operation at this time

However, we have to reduce the risk of transmission of Coronavirus to all our mums, babies, families and staff.

Continuation of Maternity Services during COVID-19 outbreak

We appreciate that this is a worrying time for you and your family. the Isle of Wight maternity services teams 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, either face-to-face, or via telephone / face time call.

We will currently be undertaking you’re booking appointment over the phone, wherever possible we will aim for this to be with your named midwife.

16 week appointment and Health needs assessment will also be completed over the phone.

For mums having their second baby or more we will be following NICE guidance and following your 20 week scan will be seen again at 28 weeks, unless there is a medical or obstetric need to see you earlier.

For those of you that are having extra scans attending for  Glucose tolerance tests or Anti-D your antenatal check will be completed at the same time to avoid you attending for appointments twice.

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.

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We look after approximately 1,100 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 May 2014 we were awarded a certificate of commitment which is the first step towards us becoming Baby Friendly Accredited. Please click here to read more about this exciting initiative. 

Our Services

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Contact Us
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In an emergency (for example heavy bleeding) dial 999)

    • Antenatal Clinic: 01983 534342
    • Day Assessment Unit: 01983 552516
    • Labour Ward: 01983 534334
    • Maternity Ward: 01983 534329 (24hr)
    • Maternity Co-ordinator: 01983 822099 ext 3210 (the co-ordinator can get in touch with your community midwife)

Professional Midwifery Advocate

A Professional Midwifery Advocate (PMA) can offer guidance and support about any aspect of your midwifery care. This includes:

  • giving you time, in a confidential and comfortable environment to discuss your plans for birth
  • providing advice and support about care options available to you, particularly if you choose care outside hospital guidelines
  • monitoring the ability and behaviour of your midwife to ensure that she meets the standards set by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
  • following birth, listening to any concerns you may have about the care you received and then discussing these concerns with the midwife if appropriate. Discussing your birthing experience and explaining events.

Phone: 01983 822099 ext 3644 or ask your midwife for a PMA referral.
Email: iowmidwifery@gmail.com

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