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Maternity services during COVID-19 - frequently asked questions

Updated 23rd July 2020

We understand that that this is a confusing, uncertain and scary time. We are saddened to be having to make difficult decisions about the way your care is provided and would like to assure you that all the decisions are carefully considered and made to protect you, your baby, your family and our staff. You can find updates to services on the Maternity services Facebook pages - Bronglais Bumps and Babies, Glangwilli Bumps and Babies, Pembrokeshire Antenatal hub, Withybush midwife led unit.

Antenatal appointments with the community midwife

If you are offered a face to face to face appointment we strongly recommend that you attend. The maternity team will only recommend an appointment if the need for the appointment is greater than your risk of being exposed to coronavirus. We are checking women’s temperatures whenever they attend hospital and/or clinics and are asking you to wear masks. We are aware of the changes in Welsh Government advice regarding partners attending routine antenatal appointments and are working to make this as safe as possible. However this has not yet been started. Please do not attend your appointment with your partner without checking whether changes have been introduced.

Click here for advice from the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecologists regarding coronavirus in pregnancy.

Antenatal appointments in the hospital

If you are offered a face to face hospital appointment we strongly recommend that you attend. The maternity team will only recommend a face to face appointment if the need for the appointment is greater than your risk of being exposed to coronavirus. We will check your temperature and ask you to wear a face mask.

Scans

Is there any advice about self-isolating when you have diabetes?

  • Diabetes UK has some excellent advice on their website about self-isolating if you have diabetes.
  • If you have any concerns please contact the Diabetic Team.

The importance of seeking medical advice if you are worried

If you are concerned about you or your baby’s wellbeing, including your baby’s movements, it is vital that you seek medical advice and care without delay.

We know this is a challenging time, particularly if you have concerns about your pregnancy and are worried about entering the hospital, but we are doing everything we can to minimise the spread of coronavirus to healthy women and babies. It is very important to come to hospital when you and your baby need care. If you have any concerns please call:

Carmarthen

Phone: 01267 248682

Aberystwyth

Phone: 01970 635633

Pembrokeshire

Phone your individual midwife between 9am and 5pm 

after 5PM Phone: 01267 248682

The day assessment unit is now located within the antenatal ward. The midwife on the triage line will advise you where to go. Please note that you will need to come to appointments on your own, but your partner is welcome to join via speaker phone on your mobile phone.

Antenatal admissions into hospital

Labour and Birth

Labour Information for women with suspected or confirmed coronavirus

Homebirth

Currently we are able to continue with the homebirth service; if there are any changes to this service we will let you know as soon as we can. You can choose to have a homebirth at any point in your pregnancy, up to 42 weeks.

  • When labour starts you must be at least 37 weeks pregnant to remain at home.
  • Were unable to support homebirth for women who are suspected to have or are confirmed to have coronavirus.

Induction of labour

Planned Caesarean Section (CS)

Postnatal stay on the wards

Postnatal care at home

Your baby

Looking after your mental health

A general increase in anxiety is to be expected in the current pandemic situation. Often, simply acknowledging these difficulties can help to reduce some anxiety, therefore it is really important to talk to your midwife or GP if you are concerned about your levels of anxiety or mental health.

  • A useful link to self-help for anxiety and stress can be found here
  • You can also be refered to Perinatal mental health team which is a friendly and approachable NHS service that offers support if you’re coping with challenges like depression, stress, anxiety or phobias. Ask your community midwife.

Car parking

Car parking on all sites is open. Due to the reduced number of people coming to the hospital there are plenty of parking spaces.

Additional useful resources

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists have produced a very useful FAQ information page for pregnant women which you can access by clicking here.

Click here for the Royal College of Midwives have set up a useful website for pregnant women.

Click here for information on pain relief in labour.

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