Maternity Services

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Our maternity services, including our midwife-led Meadow Birth Centre, are based at Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

Here, our midwives, children’s doctors and obstetricians (doctors who look after women in childbirth) provide high standards of care to suit your individual needs. Our service has been nationally recognised by the UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative for our approach to promoting breastfeeding and for the safety and quality of our service. We also work to national guidance on providing better births in Worcestershire. 

We’ll care for you throughout your pregnancy, and you will usually be able to attend antenatal clinics and day assessment appointments at whichever of our hospitals is most convenient for you.

Information for Partners attending the Antenatal or Postnatal wards

We encourage ‘open access’ to the ward for one birth partner. This is to provide support when needed, particularly during the induction process and early labour, as well as with baby care on Postnatal.

Whilst spending time with your partner and baby please be mindful that this may be in a room with other families, we would ask you to be respectful of this. We ask you to remain fully clothed and to use the headphones provided if using the TV after 10pm or if other patients are resting.

Space is limited around the bedside and staff will require access to care for your partner. Please unpack your partner’s belongings into the locker and return any bags or cases to your car leaving the floor space clear to prevent accidents. All property and belongings are left at your own risk.

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide partners with food during your stay. However, there is food available from the canteen, or vending machines on the ground floor. You are also welcome to use the hot drinks machine on the ward.

The nearest toilet facilities are outside the entrance of the ward and we kindly ask you not to use the toilet in the bay as it is for patient use only.

Attending for Ultrasound Scan

The woman and her chosen companion may attend an ultrasound scan together. They should refrain from bringing children, unless absolutely necessary.

In addition to the sonographer and pregnant person, only one additional support person may be present in the scan room.

Covid-19 Vaccination

Covid-19 vaccines are recommended in pregnancy and are the best way to protect against the known risks of Covid-19 in pregnancy for both women and their babies.  This includes admission of women to intensive care and premature birth of babies.

You may wish to discuss the benefits and risks of having the vaccine with your Midwife, Obstetrician or another healthcare professional and reach a joint decision based on your personal circumstances. However, as with the non-pregnant population, you can receive the vaccine even if you have not had a discussion with a healthcare professional.