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Maternity Services

Maternity Services

Pregnancy is an exciting and life changing journey and our experienced team of midwives and consultant obstetricians are here to provide individualised and compassionate care for you and your family, supporting you every step of the way and helping you to make informed choices.

More about us

We are a friendly unit on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, providing care for women across a large geographic region; from Hawes to Halifax, Burnley to Bradford and Haworth to Harrogate. Approximately 2000 babies are born here every year, making use of our dedicated midwife led area alongside a consultant led midwifery unit. Our community midwifery teams are based across the area and have been helping women and their families for many years.

Contact information

Maternity Assessment Centre

01535 292120 / 01535 292410 (Mon-Fri 08.30-19.00)
From 16 weeks of pregnancy. Please call first as appointment-only. 

Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit

Referrals are received to the unit from health professionals such as your GP, midwife or via the emergency department

How to contact a midwife for URGENT advice

If you need to speak to a midwife urgently, please contact the Maternity Assessment Centre on 01535 292120 or 01535 292410 (Opening hours are Mon to Fri, 08.30 to 19.00).  

For any urgent concerns outside opening hours (or if the telephone in the Maternity Assessment Centre is not answered) please contact the labour ward on 01535 292402 and a midwife will be happy to help you.

For all other advice

If you have a general query about any aspect of your care please contact your community midwife. You will be given contact details early in your pregnancy. Please allow a few days for them to respond as not all midwives work full time and they cannot respond to you whilst they are providing care for others.


Please see the locations of our labour ward and other maternity services

Opening hours

Find out more about our service

My Pregnancy Journey

Click to view the Pregnancy Journey booklet we have created for you

My Pregnancy Journey Booklet

Arrange your first booking appointment with your midwife

Please complete this online form, or contact our booking team on 01535 292411 / 01535 292412

Who we are

Our purpose is to provide excellent quality maternity services by offering a fulfilling and safe experience for mothers, their families and our staff.  We ensure our care is focused around your informed choice and we prioritise the needs and wishes of mother and baby.  We work together as a team to provide the best care possible for you and your family.  We are approachable and responsive to individual needs.

We value all feedback as this helps us to continually review and develop the services we provide.  We also invite you to be part of our Maternity Voices Partnership where you can get involved in service redesign and help us to co-produce the information we provide.  This helps other families to better understand their journey through our services and enables them to make informed choices about their birth plan.

Our senior staff, consultants and specialist teams
Who we are - Maternity

My pregnancy journey

What I need to know before I come into hospital?

Newly pregnant?

Everything you need to know at the start of your pregnancy journey with us

Your pregnancy journey timeline

What will happen and when during your pregnancy journey with us

 Care during your birth

Everything you need to know for an appointment or for a home birth

What to expect on my visit?

Our specialist services

Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit service
Antenatal clinic
Ward 21
Neonatal unit
Community midwives
Maternity Assessment Centre service
Labour ward
Maternity Parent Education

What about care after I leave hospital?

Congratulations on the birth of your baby!

It can be difficult to know where to find accurate and useful information, however, we think these links are a good place to start:

Feeding your baby

How you feed your baby is one of the most important decisions you will make.  We want to provide you with information about your options and support you with your feeding choice.  Skin contact and keeping your baby close are important ways to nurture early brain development.

More information about breastfeeding

The World Health Organisation recommends breastfeeding for 2 years and beyond, and this is supported by many robust research studies.  Breastmilk is just what nature intended for you and your baby, but it is so much more than food and nutrition.  Breastfeeding is a normal and natural way to feed, however we understand some mum’s find breastfeeding difficult and need extra support to continue their feeding journey.  We are committed to helping you achieve your own target by providing information, resources and support both in hospital and in community.If you’re not planning on breastfeeding your baby, here is a leaflet which outlines what you need to bring into hospital.  You can still enjoy early skin contact with your baby and we encourage you to give their first feed during this time to help get bonding off to a good start.

Postnatal care and Support

We have put together a number of useful leaflets and recommended web links below that we think might help you:

We value your feedback

Here’s how to give us feedback on our service

Find out more about the ways you can give us feedback on our service and share your views

Here you’ll also find out what we do with your feedback and what we’ve done in response to your suggestions and comments.

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