15/07/2021 – Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust update
With immediate effect, you can now take your partner or one support person with you to all your antenatal appointments including those in community venues. Please note this does not include children.
From Monday 19th July:
• You can have a second birth support person with you during labour and birth, including for induction of labour. Your birth partners will still need to wear a mask and must be the same two people throughout.
• Your partner will be able to be with you on the postnatal wards from 8.30am to 8.30pm every day.
• Please bring food and drink with you to avoid the need to walk around the hospital.
From 2nd August:
• Family and friends will be able to visit you on the postnatal wards from 2-6pm. Again, this does not include children, and the maximum allowed at your beside at any one time will be 2 people.
• The pool room on delivery suite should be open in the next two weeks.
• A few side rooms are now available on the postnatal wards, though availability depends on the clinical need for rooms.
Women and partners are still requested to do twice weekly lateral flow tests and show their results when they attend appointments.
19/04/2021 – Updated Covid Vaccine Guidance for pregnant women
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised that pregnant women should be offered the COVID-19 vaccination at the same time as everyone else, based on age and clinical risk.
This news follows data showing that around 90,000 pregnant women had been vaccinated, mainly with mRNA vaccines, including Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, without any safety concerns being raised.
As a result JCVI advises that it’s preferable for pregnant women in the UK to be offered the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines where available. There is no evidence to suggest that other vaccines are unsafe for pregnant women, but more research is needed.
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26/01/2021 – The RCOG and the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) are aware that there has been some misinformation circulating about the impact of Covid-19 vaccines on fertility.
In response to this misinformation, the RCOG and RCM would like to make the following statements.
Dr Edward Morris, President at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, said: “We want to reassure women that there is no evidence to suggest that Covid-19 vaccines will affect fertility. Claims of any effect of Covid-19 vaccination on fertility are speculative and not supported by any data.
“There is no biologically plausible mechanism by which current vaccines would cause any impact on women’s fertility. Evidence has not been presented that women who have been vaccinated have gone on to have fertility problems.
For women in the age group where they may be considering pregnancy, the vaccination is only currently being offered to two groups – health and social care workers (including carers for older adults in residential care homes) who are at higher risk of catching Covid-19 and those with serious medical conditions who have a greater risk of severe illness from Covid-19. Pregnant and breastfeeding women who are eligible will also be offered the vaccine.
RCM Chief Executive Gill Walton said: “If you are eligible for and have been offered a Covid-19 vaccine, the decision whether to have the vaccination is your choice. You can either have the vaccine or wait for more information about the vaccine. Women who are eligible for the vaccination should consider discussing any concerns they have with their midwife or healthcare professional.
“The RCOG and RCM would also like to emphasise to all women in this group (and all others) the importance of practicing social distancing, wearing a mask and regular handwashing.”
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07/01/2021 – Royal College of Midwives Update COVID-19 Vaccination Information
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A rise in stillbirths between April and June, at the peak of the coronavirus pandemic, has prompted a national review by a patient safety body in England. During that period, there were 40 stillbirths after labour began, compared with 24 in the same period last year. Pregnancy and childbirth experts say women may have delayed seeking care. The HSIB told the Health Service Journal that it had seen approximately twice the number of intrapartum stillbirths compared to the same time last year.In a survey of nearly half of maternity units, 86% said fewer heavily pregnant women than normal had come forward with emergency issues in April, during lockdown.”
This may have been due to confusion around whether these appointments are essential, fear of attending a hospital or not wanting to burden the NHS,” Dr Morris said.
“We have consistently advised women who have concerns or worries about their or their baby’s health – including the baby’s movements – should seek medical advice from their midwife or hospital immediately.”
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30/10/2020 – Great Western Hospital Maternity Services: Covid19 FAQ
Due to the increase in the number of Covid-19 cases both locally and nationally, Great Western Hospital have had to reduce the visiting hours for their Maternity Services.
Your partner can now arrange a daily four-hour visit to Hazel ward, which can be either morning (9.30am-1.30pm) or afternoon (2.30pm-6.30pm).
Please be aware that these time slots are arranged to maintain social distancing between visitors, and so there may not always be a choice. Your partner will be allocated their time slot before being transferred to Hazel Ward.
“We know this is difficult, but it’s important that we are doing all we can to protect our vulnerable patients, staff and volunteers. We will continue to review these visiting times as the situation evolves. If you are ever in doubt, please speak to your Community or Hospital Midwife for advice.”
Please click here or on the image above to read Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about maternity services during Covid-19 at Great Western Hospital.
05/10/2020 – MP for Newbury Laura Farris referencing the work we have done in our Maternity report
MP for Newbury Laura Farris referencing the work we have done in our Maternity Report during her speech in Westminster Hall on Monday 5th October 2020.
You can watch the full discussion here.
The topic was “e-petition 306691 relating to the impact of Covid-19 on maternity and parental leave“
28/09/2020 – Our Maternity Report discussed at West Berkshire Health and Wellbeing Board Meeting
Our Maternity Report was discussed at the West Berkshire Health and Wellbeing Board Meeting on Thursday 24th September. If you would like to watch this discussion you can do so by clicking here or by clicking the video above.
24/09/2020 – Healthwatch West Berkshire Maternity Report (With Initial Covid-19 feedback) September 2020, now published.
Our Maternity Report (With Initial Covid-19 Feedback) September 2020 has been published. It looks like we have achieved some positive change.
We would like to thank all of the providers that responded to our report.
02/09/2020 – West Berkshire Family Hub support and courses
West Berkshire East Family hub will be starting an Antenatal course in the autumn which will focus on preparing couples for parenthood.
The course will be offered on Zoom.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact Jo Roberts via Joanne.Roberts@westberks.gov.uk or 01189 456157
You can read the details about these two session by clicking the images below.
Breast feeding Support in West Berkshire
West Berkshire Family hub are also offering Breastfeeding Support via Zoom, every Thursday at 2pm. Read the details by clicking here or the poster below.
24/08/2020 – Fatherhood Institute Covid Maternity Survey
The Fatherhood Institute have launched a survey focusing on maternity and Covid-19. Have you become a Dad or Mum during lockdown? Are you a midwife or health visitor? If so please share your experiences of maternity services in this survey.
You can participate by clicking here or on the image above.
28/05/2020 – Maternity support during COVID-19
Read about how coronavirus could affect you, your baby and your pregnancy care by clicking here or on the image below.
27/05/2020 – Parents: Reducing stress, neglect and non-accidental injuries during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic:
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20/05/2020 – Coping with COVID-19 in Pregnancy Webinar
This webinar is open to all pregnant women who are receiving / plan to receive their maternity care under the SHIP (Southampton, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Portsmouth) NHS Trusts.
Click here or the image below to access all the information.
Pregnancy and Coronavirus (BSL) – NHS
This animation sets out what pregnant women should expect from NHS maternity services during the coronavirus. Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, Chief Midwifery Officer, and Dr Matthew Jolly, National Clinical Director for Maternity for the NHS in England explain what might change and why its important to keep in touch with your maternity team.
NHS England’s Midwifery Ambassadors have come together virtually to celebrate International Day of the Midwife 2020,as a choir through the medium of music and technology to spread a little hope, sunshine, smiles and happiness during these difficult times of COVID19.
The #PerceptionsOfMidwifery Programme is one England’s Chief Midwifery Officer, Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent’s three key ambitions. There are currently approximately 150 Midwifery Ambassadors working in NHS Maternity services across England, working together to promote, support and raise the roar for our profession.
Click here or the image above to watch the video.
The Duchess of Cambridge in conversation with midwives, parents and leading sector experts
Duchess of Cambridge speaking with health professionals during Maternal Mental Health Matters Week about the impact COVID19 is having on new & expectant mothers.
There have been lots of questions around being a key worker or living with a key worker whilst being pregnant. Baby Lifeline have updated their ‘During Pregnancy’ guidance using The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists,Royal College of Midwives and Public Health advice. Click here or the image above for the guidance.
Click here for the Latest Covid-19 Maternity Department FAQs, created with input from the Reading Maternity Voices Chair.
The Royal Berkshire Hospital Midwives are holding regular ‘Ask the midwife’ sessions on their Facebook page. You do not need a Facebook account to view their page. Simply click on this link: RBFT Maternity Department Facebook page
The next one is Wednesday 29th April, 2-3pm.
New updates to occupational advice for employers and expectant mums from The Royal College of Midwives, Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists and Faculty of Occupational Mediciane. Click here or the image above to read the full advice.
Hampshire Hospital open an advice line for women who are pregnant during the COVID-19 outbreak.
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Support and advice from The Royal College of Midwives for pregnant woman during the COVID-19 outbreak
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Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists – New updates for pregnant women and their families during coronavirus
Click HERE to read Q&A coronavirus information for pregnant women and their families in full – 30/03/2020
For further details, see the latest guidance
Royal Berkshire Hospital Maternity Department:
Our maternity department, visitors will be limited to one birth partner for all appointments including scans, the birth itself and postnatal visiting.
Great Western Hospital Maternity Department:
Only one named visitor/birth partner will be allowed into Delivery Suite, Hazel Ward and the White Horse Birth Centre.
Each expectant mother attending for ultrasound scans may be accompanied by only one person.
Basingstoke and Hampshire Hospital Maternity Department:
In our birthing centre/maternity units, visiting is restricted to birthing partners only
John Radcliffe Hospital Maternity Department:
We are limiting the number of people who can accompany patients to outpatient departments, antenatal scans and imaging appointments to one person per patient.
We are restricting visitors to one birth partner only for all appointments including scans, the birth itself and postnatal visiting: this must be the same person throughout birth and postnatally. Additional birth support partners may be considered in exceptional critical circumstances. Case by case exceptions need to be discussed with the nurse or midwife in charge.
Ante Natal Services
Attending antenatal and postnatal care when you are pregnant and have a new baby is essential to ensure the wellbeing of you and your baby.
If you are well, you should attend your antenatal care as normal. If you have symptoms of possible coronavirus infection, you should postpone routine visits until after the isolation period is over.
The following practical advice may be helpful:
- If you have a routine scan or visit due in the coming days, please contact your maternity unit for advice and a plan. You will still need to attend for a visit but the appointment may change due to staffing requirements.
- Some appointments may be conducted on the telephone or using videoconferencing, provided there is a reasonable expectation that maternal observations or tests are not required.
- If you are between appointments, please wait to hear from your maternity team.
- If you are attending more regularly in pregnancy, then your maternity team will be in touch with plans.
- If you miss an appointment and haven’t heard from your maternity team, please contact them to rearrange the appointment.
Whatever your personal situation please consider the following:
- If you have any concerns you will still be able to contact your maternity team but please note they may take longer to get back to you
- If you have an urgent problem related to your pregnancy but not related to coronavirus, get in touch using the same emergency contact details you already have. Please do not contact this number unless you have an urgent problem
- If you have symptoms suggestive of coronavirus contact your maternity services and they will arrange the right place and time to come for your visits. You should not attend a routine clinic.
- You will be asked to keep the number of people with you at appointments to a minimum, including children.
- There may be a need to reduce the number of antenatal visits. This will be communicated with you. Do not reduce your number of visits without agreeing first with your maternity team.