Maternity care during the coronavirus outbreak

Airedale NHS Foundation Trust aims to maintain all of our maternity pathways and where possible will use technology to reduce the number of face to face contacts. We understand that you will be worried about what Coronavirus means for you and your baby and we are doing all we can to keep you safe.

Airedale Maternity Coronavirus Advice Line 01535 294212

This advice service is for women receiving Airedale Maternity Care, and for staff working at Airedale Hospital, to answer any non-urgent questions relating to your pregnancy and your ongoing care.

A midwife will be available to answer the telephone line Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm. Please don’t ring outside of these times as you will not be able to leave a message.

Urgent care

If your baby’s pattern of movements changes or reduces in number, or you have any other concerns about your pregnancy, please call a midwife promptly:

  • Maternity Assessment Centre Monday to Friday 8am to 7pm – 01535 292410/292120

  • Labour Ward (24 hours) – 01535 292401/292402

It is essential that you seek advice if you have any concerns.

We have produced a leaflet with all our coronavirus information and advice here: Airedale Maternity Advice COVID-19

Appointments

All staff wear personal protective equipment (apron, gloves and face mask) when in close contact with you. We will telephone you before any face to face appointments and ask you about your health and that of your household members. We may delay appointments if you or a household member has any symptoms of coronavirus.

You will need to attend all appointments on your own unless you need support from a carer/relative (for example, if you have a disability).Please remember that antenatal care is ESSENTIAL for the health of you and your baby so please keep all your appointments.

If you develop symptoms of coronavirus when a face to face appointment is due, please telephone 01535 294212 so we can discuss a plan of care.

Scans

If you have a scan appointment, please attend alone unless you need support from a carer/relative (for example, if you have a disability) at the allotted time.

Home births

At the current time we are assessing our homebirth provision on a case by case basis. Unfortunately, at times we will be unable to support homebirths but we hope to reintroduce a full homebirth service as soon as we can.

Parent education

Following Government advice, we have suspended all group sessions and will not be providing any Labour Ward tours. We are working on alternatives and will post updates on our Facebook page @airedalemidwives

NHS pregnancy advice

You can find more information about pregnancy and coronavirus on the NHS website here: www.nhs.uk/pregnancy-and-coronavirus

You can also read these leaflets: