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Maternity

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.

If you requested online access to your Maternity notes, your midwife will have activated this at your booking appointment.

​You will have received a username and password to the mobile number that you gave to the midwife at booking.

If you have any difficulties accessing your records please contact the community midwifery office on 01782 672181

​Please follow these instructions to access your maternity notes:

This software is designeto run on the latest web browsers. If you are using an older browser such as Internet Explorer 9 or earlier , please be aware that some features may not function or appear correctly.

Each time you access your online maternity notes, a confirmation code will​​ be sent via text, to confirm your identity. It is important that you keep your midwife up-to-date with any changes to your mobile

  • Once the secur​ity code has been entered, your 'squiggle' will be displayed. If this is the picture you created then select 'yes', if not, then you will need to check the username and password being entered is correct or request new log in details from your midwife.
  • You will be prompted to create a new username and password. Your username should be memorable and you should ensure your password is secure, containing at least one upper case letter and one number. Once completed you will be able to access your maternity record.
  • If you require a new Username and Password or need to inform us that you have changed your mobile number, you will need speak to a midwife that has access to K2 in person.
  • You will be able to print your record using the 'print' function in the top right hand corner. Depending on what internet browser you are you using, there may be a print logo in the top right hand corner or a drop-down menu 

Your information​

The electronic information collected about your pregnancy is relevant to the care of you and your baby and is held on a secure database at the Trust. Your online K2 record contains personal and sensitive clinical information and is provided on the basis of consent given at booking. Any confidential information will be managed in confidential mode by the staff caring for you and will not appear in the patient online view.

You will use a unique log in process to access your maternity notes online, this is sent as a text message to your mobile phone. You are advised to keep your password secure. We take the security of your information seriously and it is only used by staff for healthcare purposes. Access to your K2 record is logged for security purposes.

A document called 'The Care Record Guarantee" explains why we collect information about you, how we use this information, how you can access the information held about you and our responsibilities under the Data Protection Act.

Some women choose to have their baby at home. It is a natural and safe choice and can be ideal for women who are expecting to have a healthy pregnancy, straightforward childbirth and a healthy baby. 

Your named midwife will be able to advise you if it is safe to have your baby at home and will arrange this for you. There are many advantages to having a home birth. You will not have to travel in labour and will not be separated from the rest of your family. You are likely to need less pain relief and infection after birth is less likely. Breastfeeding is often easier to establish. 

However, some pain relief methods (epidural) are not available at home and transfer to hospital during labour might be necessary if problems arise.​

What other services can I access?


Stop smoking services

Smoking in pregnancy can cause many problems including miscarriage, low birth weight, premature delivery, cot death, asthma and stunted intellectual and physical growth of your baby. Your named midwife can put you in touch with the Quit Smoking in Pregnancy service or you can contact the North Staffordshire Stop Smoking Service.

Mental health services

There is a dedicated midwife who leads an Parent Emotional Antenatal Clinic for Health. She can arrange support for any on-going or potential emotional problems during your pregnancy by referring you to a specialist service if necessary. The dedicated midwife can be contacted via your GP, health visitor or midwife or you can make your own appointment by telephoning 01782 672113.​

Vulnerable women services

There is a dedicated midwife for vulnerable women who is able to offer support and treatment if you need assistance with specific problems during your pregnancy. The dedicated midwife can be contacted via your GP, health visitor or midwife or you can make your own appointment by telephoning 01782 672181.

Translated maternity leaflets

Diabetes information

 

Antenatal and newborn screening information

Thank you for choosing University Hospitals of North Midlands for your maternity care.

The information below outlines the screening options for you and your baby. 

There is a booklet about antenatal and newborn screening in your booking information pack called Screening tests for you and your baby.

The booklet which is available in a range of languages and in easy read can also be accessed by the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/screening-tests-for-you-and-your-baby-description-in-brief

This NHS video describes the screening tests:

This video is available for viewing in alternative languages.

Saving Screening tests for you and your baby link to a smartphone home screen

This enables you to click on the icon to go straight to the screening information, just like an app. All phones:

  1. Open the web browser.
  2. Go to the phone-friendly (HTML) version of Screening tests for you and your baby by:
  • going to http://www.gov.uk/phe/pregnancy-newborn-screening

Then find the add to home screen or save to home screen option. Where this is depends on what phone you have and how old it is. If you need help, search online for what to do for your specific phone.

Screening Tests

During your pregnancy, you’ll be offered a range of tests, including blood tests and ultrasound baby scans. These tests will check and assess the development and wellbeing of you and your baby, and screen for a variety of conditions.

We can offer you screening for:

  • Iron deficiency anaemia
  • Hepatitis B
  • Syphilis
  • HIV
  • Sickle cell and thalassemia

We can offer you screening for:

  • Down’s syndrome, Edward’s Syndrome and Patau’s Syndrome referred to as Trisomy screening
  • Structural abnormalities in your baby

All the tests we offer are optional, it is always your choice whether to have the screening or not.

Some of these tests are best taken before 10 weeks of pregnancy. Therefore we ask that you contact the community midwives office on our central booking telephone number: 01782 672181 as soon as you know you are pregnant so that we can arrange your care to be ‘booked’ as soon as possible in order to discuss all your options with you.

The following links provide further information on your screening options:

Screening for infectious diseases (hepatitis B, HIV and syphilis) https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/screening-blood-test-infectious-diseases-pregnant/

Screening for inherited conditions (sickle cell, thalassemia and other haemoglobin disorders) https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/screening-sickle-cell-thalassaemia-pregnant/

Screening for Down’s Syndrome, Edwards’ syndrome and Patau’s syndrome https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/screening-amniocentesis-downs-syndrome/

Screening for 11 physical conditions (20-week scan) https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/20-week-scan/

Some screening tests will also be offered to your baby after they're born:

newborn physical examination  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/newborn-physical-exam/

Newborn hearing screening  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/newborn-hearing-test/

Newborn blood spot screening https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/newborn-blood-spot-test/

Private Screening

A private screening test is available at the University Hospitals of North Midlands called Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT).

NIPT is a screening test for Down's, Edwards' or Patau's Syndromes

NIPT involves a blood test from you and can be performed from 10 weeks of pregnancy. Results usually take 7 to 10 days to come back from the laboratory.

Remember NIPT does not give a yes/no answer; it tells you how likely. If this is something you would like to discuss further then please contact our screening office on: 01782 672581 for further details including cost.

Royal Stoke visiting times

9am - 9pm for partners and own children only

6pm - 9pm for other visitors

Only children of the mother in hospital are allowed to visit.  The number of visitors is restricted to three to a bed at any time (including the partner).

​The partner of a woman in labour may be eligible for an exemption car parking permit for the duration of their stay. These permits will be issued free of charge. Please ask a matron or senior nurse on the ward to check whether you are eligible.

 

County Hospital visiting times

Partners may be able to have an exemption from paying car parking fees. Please discuss this with the Matron or Sister in Charge.

Visiting on the Freestanding Midwifery Birth Unit (FMBU) is open-access for immediate family and close friends.

The FMBU is based on the second floor at County Hospital.

Videos for VTE:

For all pregnant women to reduce the risk of VTE if they are not as active as usual as they are stuck at home due to the COVID situation: Click here

The second is an instructional video on how to self administer LMWH – BWCH deliver the drug and sharps box from pharmacy and send them the video to watch: Click here

Royal Stoke Hospital

Newcastle Road
Stoke-on-Trent
ST4 6QG

01782 715444

County Hospital

Weston Road
Stafford
ST16 3SA

01785 257731