COVID-19 updates for maternity services
As the situation with coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to develop rapidly, we need to take all necessary precautions to protect the women and babies in our care and the staff caring for them. As a result we are confirming the current arrangements for our maternity services in the Swansea and Neath Port Talbot areas.
Update - Thursday, March 26, 2020
- From Friday 27th March 2020, antenatal and postnatal visiting times will be reduced to 12-6pm.
- We are very sorry to inform you that from the 23rd of March 2020 women will be asked to attend all appointments for antenatal care and ultrasound scans unaccompanied. This is applicable for both community and hospital appointments. We ask that no partners attend as there will be very limited waiting areas to avoid social mixing. We do ask women to practice social distancing within the clinic areas. Information around social distancing can be found below. There will be no charge for scan photos during this time. Our maternity services will be contacting you prior to any appointment to check you are well and have none of the symptoms of COVID-19. If you are unwell (have any of the symptoms described below) prior to attending please contact the clinics and we can make arrangements based on your individual need
- It is now necessary to reduce antenatal care provision to essential face-to-face contact only. As a result all routine 16 week and 25 week face-to-face visits will cease and will be replaced by telephone/virtual consultations with your midwife, your midwife will also arrange for a birth discussion via this method at around 36/40.
- If you are self isolating due to symptoms or household infection and are due to see your midwife/doctor, or attend for a scan, please contact your midwife or antenatal clinic to inform them. Arrangements will be made to reschedule routine appointments at the end of isolation periods, but urgent appointments will go ahead and arrangements will be made for you to attend.
- From 16th March 2020 parent education (antenatal classes) will temporarily stop. If you have questions relating to birthing plans and or care of your baby please speak to your community midwife – this includes hypnobirthing classes. Consultant midwives in Wales are building an on line resource with virtual antenatal education information. Members of the group will also have access to Facebook live question and answer sessions with one of the consultant midwives.
This measure is being introduced as cases of COVID-19 continue to rise. We understand that this is an anxious time for you and your families, but please be reassured that we are taking all preventable measures possible to ensure our services remain safe for all women and babies using our service. If you have any pregnancy related concerns at all then please contact your midwife or maternity unit as usual.
Many thanks in advance for all your support during this challenging time for our community and health service. It is our aim to keep you updated as the situation changes.
Go to this page for information for pregnant women and their families from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
Go to the Public Health Wales website for the latest on COVID-19.
Symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19) are a fever (37.8 degrees centigrade or higher)and a new persistent cough.
We are requesting the following:
- You are asked to attend all routine antenatal appointments including scans alone, no one should accompany you until further notice.
- For inpatients - Single visitor (must remain the same person) in the antenatal and postnatal areas
- A birthing partner per woman in labour
- No children including siblings - to visit the ward
- Visiting times for your single visitor, from Friday 27th March 2020, will be reduced to 12-6pm
- Due to the risks of the infection partners will not be able to stay overnight unless there is a specific indication – this will be by prior arrangement with the ward sister/staff
- If you have a fever, (37.8 degrees centigrade or higher) and a new persistent cough, or have reason to self-isolate please do not visit the maternity unit.
- When you arrive at the ward you will be asked if you have any of the symptoms above and requested to use the hand gel when you walk onto the ward and wash your hands thoroughly before you leave.
Thank you for your support at this very challenging time.
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Expecting the pitter patter of tiny feet? Congratulations!
You are embarking on one of life's great journeys. But while this can be a wonderful time, it is natural to feel some worry and uncertainty about what's to come.
Here at Swansea Bay University Health Board we will give you the information and support you need to make the right decision about where you choose to give birth.
We know that where and how you give birth can have a huge effect on you mentally and physically. If you feel safe and calm this will release hormones which will help your labour progress and provide powerful pain relief.
The time after birth is also crucial to your welfare and your baby's.
Our midwife-led birth centres provide a home-from-home environment which allows you and, if you wish, your partner to enjoy those first precious moments with your new baby safe in the knowledge that our staff are on hand to provide support. We even have double beds and encourage partners to stay.
However, you may wish to give birth at home and we can support this.
Equally, if you or baby need extra clinical support, we have an obstetric unit at Singleton Hospital which is staffed by doctors and midwives.
See below for more information.