Pictured: Sharon Wallis, Head of Midwifery at UHNM
"Congratulations on your pregnancy!
This is an exciting time for you and we want to do everything we can to make sure you have the best experience possible throughout your pregnancy and when you give birth to your baby.
These pages provide the full range of options for safe, high quality care right throughout from home birth to the most complex, specialised care and treatment for women and their babies available in Staffordshire. Your midwife can help you decide the best option for you based on your wishes and the nature of your pregnancy."
Sharon Wallis, Head of Midwifery at UHNM
Our services include care for mum and baby through all stages of pregnancy. UHNM comprises Royal Stoke University Hospital (RSUH) and FMBU (Freestanding Midwifery Birth Unit) at County Hospital, Stafford. Maternity services are available over both sites.
Our staffing establishments are compliant with national standards (Birthrate Plus (Ball & Washbrook), Guidance RCM Staffing Standard 2009, Safer Childbirth 2007).
Women who give birth at University Hospitals of North Midlands are given the safest care in the country, according to an accreditation scheme. Staff at UHNM maternity centre celebrated after being given the highest rating of any large Maternity service nationwide. The rating shows that the level of care provided at the Maternity Centre in Stoke-on-Trent is one of the best in the country.
UHNM has become one of the first maternity units in the country to successfully achieve UNICEF accreditation against new standards which came into force in January 2016. The department first achieved 'baby-friendly' accreditation in 2002 and has successfully maintained the standards and practices necessary to continue to receive the accreditation since then. The new standards focus on helping mothers to build a close and loving relationship with their baby.
The following information provides you with a brief overview of services provided at UHNM.
For more information about Royal Stoke, click here
For more information about County Hospital, click here
At your first appointment, the community midwife, who will likely be your named midwife, will explain to you your choice of birthplace. You will have the opportunity to consider four options which complies with Maternity Matters - Choice, access and continuity of care in a safe service (2007). This includes:
- Home Birth
- Freestanding Midwifery Birth Unit at County Hospital
- Midwife Birth Centre at Royal Stoke
- Obstetric Unit at Royal Stoke
The first appointment will normally take place at your GP surgery, children's centre, hospital and, on occasion, your home. Details of you and your family's health history will be discussed, a sample of your urine will be tested (please make sure you have a sample ready in a clean container), your blood pressure checked and your weight and height recorded. The midwife will explain to you all the routine tests offered during your pregnancy, including blood and ultra sound scans.
Your named midwife will be responsible for discussing and helping you to plan your ongoing care. They will endeavour to see you during your antenatal visits, however there may be times when they are unavailable. During these times we will make sure you are seen by an associate midwife. It is our aim to provide continuity of care to you through your named and associate midwife.
During your visits please do not hesitate to ask any questions. Should your circumstances require we can make arrangements for you to be referred to other specialists or agencies. At the end of each appointment please make sure you know how and when to book your next appointment.
Midwives and supporting staff wear different uniforms:
- Matrons – purple dress, or purple tunics with black trousers
- Ward managers – navy dress, or navy tunics with navy trousers
- Midwives – azure blue dress, or azure tunics with navy trousers
- Student midwives – pale-blue striped top with navy trousers
- Enrolled nurses – green top with navy trousers
- Nursery nurses – white top with pink trim, or pink tunic with navy trousers
- Clinical support workers – lilac top with white trim and navy trousers