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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.

Our specialist services and contact details

Maternity Assessment Centre

A telephone advice and assessment service for women who are more than 16 weeks pregnant and have concerns about their pregnancy.

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

Find out more about our Maternity Assessment Centre service

Labour Ward

Our midwives aim to provide you with a positive and safe birth experience which reflects each individual’s needs and wishes.

01535 292402 (24 hours)

More information on our Labour Ward

Ward 21 - Maternity Ward

15-bedded maternity ward with a mixture of side rooms and bays, providing care during pregnancy and after the birth of your baby.

01535 292211 (24 hours)

Find our more about Ward 21 here

Maternity Parent Education

At Airedale NHS Foundation Trust we believe that every woman and family booked to receive maternity care through our Trust should expect a high standard of antenatal education as it is an important and valued element of our maternity services.

Maternity Parent Education

Antenatal Clinic Appointments

Our experienced staff have the expertise to look after women with complex pregnancies or medical conditions which may impact their pregnancies.

01535 294681 (Mon-Fri 08.30-17.00)

More information on our Antenatal Clinic can be found here

Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit

The Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit (EPAU) provides care for women who are between 6-16 weeks pregnant.

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

Click here for more information on our Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit

Neonatal Unit

Our neonatal unit cares for babies from 32 weeks gestational age and above.

01535 292391

Neonatal Unit

Community Midwives

Community midwives at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust work in small teams to provide care during pregnancy and after the birth of your baby.

Click here to find out more about our Community Midwives

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.

Maternity Voices Partnership and Airedale Birth Voices

Airedale Birth Voices are a group of parents who come together to discuss the care they received from Airedale during pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period. Airedale Birth Voices is the Airedale branch of the Bradford and Craven Maternity Voices Partnership.

They talk about positive aspects of care and the things that could be improved. They reflect on care at Airedale and work with staff to make changes that will benefit future families.

If you would like to be a part of the group and come along to meetings, email anhsft.parenteducation@nhs.net.

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.

Location

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

Speak with a midwife and a hand holding a positive pregnancy test

Once you’ve found out that you’re pregnant the most important thing is to make contact with your midwife and start a conversation. Midwives are there to help even if you are unsure of whether to continue with the pregnancy. Pregnancy care appointments are safe, confidential and accessible to everyone.

Find out more at speakwithamidwife.co.uk and see our online referral form below.

Arrange your first booking appointment with your midwife

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

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

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

We want to provide you with information about your options and support you with your feeding choice.

Find out more about feeding your baby

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

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.

Our Maternity News

Act as One

New maternity and neonatal independent senior advocate role pilot launched in West Yorkshire and Harrogate

A new role being piloted in West Yorkshire and Harrogate is supporting women and families who have experienced an adverse outcome during maternity and neonatal care. The introduction of the…
Act as One

‘Speak with a midwife’ campaign encourages women to book by 10 weeks of pregnancy

Pregnant women across West Yorkshire and Harrogate are being urged to ‘Speak to a midwife’ as soon as they find out they’re pregnant, as part of a campaign that aims…
Airedale Trust News

Women share their experiences of maternity care

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) maternity survey has been published today, highlighting women’s experiences of antenatal, labour and postnatal care. During 2023, a questionnaire was sent to all women who…
Airedale Trust News
Babies get story time in Airedale neonatal unit