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Neath Port Talbot Hospital Birth Centre

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Maternity services update, 1st March 2022

We are pleased to confirm we are resuming the home birth service following an improvement in the maternity staffing situation.

As you may be aware, the Welsh Government moved Wales to Alert Level 0 from Friday 28th January due to reducing rates of Covid-19 in our communities.

We are delighted to announce we are in a position to introduce the first step of resuming our maternity services to their pre-pandemic position.

From today, home labour assessments and home births will be available for women. Our community midwifery teams will deliver the service, as they have always done.

Follow this link for contact details for each community midwife team.

We will continue to monitor midwifery staffing levels on a daily basis during the next few months, although we currently predict that the possibility of disruption to service is low.

Before we experienced the recent maternity staffing issues, there were rare occasions when we could not support a homebirth due to various factors related to the service.

Should a short term issue arise, we would expect any future temporary suspension of the homebirth service to be short lived lasting hours rather than days.

If there are any concerns around staffing on the day you go into labour, and you are planning a home birth, our midwives will be able to discuss this, and explain your alternative choice.

The reintroduction of services at Neath Port Talbot Birth Centre remains a priority, but at this time is not a safe possibility. We have action plans in place and will bring you news of the reopening as this develops.

In the meantime, remember that our Alongside Midwifery Unit (The Bay Birth Unit), is open 24-7.

The Bay Birth Unit follows the same model of midwifery led care as home and freestanding midwifery unit, and is an option for many women.

More information about this choice of birth setting is available by following this link to the Bay Birth Unit webpage.

We would like to thank all the families who have been affected by the restrictions of the pandemic.

We understand our service restrictions have undoubtedly had a big impact on your maternity journey and we thank you for your understanding and patience.

The next review date will be on the 31st of March.

See below for further information and useful links.

COVID-19 VISITING UPDATE: Please note our rules regarding hospital visits have changed. For the latest guidance on our visiting regulations, please visit this page. 

Refreshments

Please avoid using our canteens at present. There are vending machines available on our sites if you need refreshments.

Please note that SBUHB supports a zero tolerance stance for any abusive behaviour towards staff due to variances in visiting guidance for different patient groups.   

Useful Links

Go to the Swansea Bay Maternity Services Facebook page.

Online antenatal course

FREE across Wales. For everyone around the baby: Mums, Dads, Grandparents, friends and relations.

Understanding pregnancy, labour, birth and your baby - Available 24/7

For more information on how to access the free online antenatal course, please follow this link. 

Let us welcome you to our Birth Centre at Neath Port Talbot Hospital.

We have six rooms plus a birthing pool. We're open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Midwives are on hand in our home-from-home unit to guide and support you through labour and birth.

Our experience tells us that families benefit from time together, so we encourage partners to stay in one of our double rooms.

Just a quarter of first-time mums and 8% of women who have birthed before are likely to need transferring to Singleton Hospital around the time of birth. 

The majority of women that are transferred are for non-urgent, non life-threatening reasons.  Transfer time is around one hour.

Need further help? This link takes you to a birth places decision leaflet.

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