5th January 2012 – Special delivery – a new maternity website
Parents-to-be can now find out about local maternity services from the comfort of their own home, thanks to a new look section on the Airedale NHS Foundation Trust website.
The new maternity section, which has been developed in response to both pregnant women’s and new parents’ comments, aims to ensure that women who are planning to have their baby at Airedale Hospital or families who want to find out more about the hospital’s maternity services, can quickly access up-to-date information.
It includes information and contact details for women about both community and hospital based maternity services. Local campaign midwife, Caroline Lowe, who works on the labour wards at the Steeton hospital, has been coordinating the maternity website’s revamp, liaising with colleagues and external organisations to ensure the new information is accurate and appropriate.
Julie Hinchliffe, senior matron, midwifery at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust says “The website has been developed over the past 12 months and involving local mums was essential to make sure the new maternity section was relevant and addressed the needs of the local community.”
Information is available to help mums prepare for the birth of their baby, with suggestions of what to bring with them for the labour ward and after birth as well as information about early labour signs and how to cope and different forms of pain relief. It also reminds women of the importance of simple things like washing their hands to reduce the risk of spreading infection, for both themselves and their baby.
The maternity section now also provides links to other specialist websites so people can easily find further information if they need to. It now includes:
- quick links to key services – such as breastfeeding support and stopping smoking;
- details about antenatal and new born screening services – such as ultrasound scans and hearing tests; and
- information about the labour ward, water and home births.
The site also lets people download their own copies of leaflets, for example, the new Maternity Services Directory, produced by the Health Partnership Project, which includes all the services provided by the voluntary and community sector in the Airedale area, as well as national guides such as The Pregnancy Book.