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During the Covid-19 pandemic we have produced these FAQs to help with any queries you may have.

6 November 2020 - Maternity and Sherwood Birthing Unit FAQs during the Coronavirus pandemic.

It is standard practice for us to ask you and your partner whether you have any Covid symptoms
every time you attend an appointment or any hospital setting. Please also be aware that partners are asked to wear face masks or face coverings when a midwife is present in the room and are to remain in the room as much as possible when on the Maternity Unit. For the maternity unit ‘birth partner’ or ‘partner’ means somebody who lives in your house with you, or is in your support bubble. At the
moment this can only be one person. 

When you first go into labour
When you first go into labour please contact the Sherwood Birthing Unit for advice. Our midwives will advise you of what to expect when you come in. Please feel free to ask as many questions as you need to whilst you are speaking to our midwives, as we know this will be an anxious time. 

If you are coming in to our triage/assessment area your partner can accompany you into the hospital, but may be asked to wait outside triage during the initial assessment. This is because space is very limited in our triage area and we need to maintain social distancing. Sometimes women are able to go home again quite soon after this. 

When you are in labour, having a Caesarean section, or you need to remain on the Sherwood Birthing Unit for another reason, your birth partner is welcome to join you. Please do not bring anyone else into hospital with you, including children.

Induction
If you are coming in for an induction of labour, your birth partner is able to attend with you, even if this lasts over a number of days. Your partner can remain with you when you move from the induction suite onto Sherwood Birthing Unit. 

After the birth – visiting
After your baby is born, including if you have a Caesarean section, you and your birth partner will have some private time together on the Sherwood Birthing Unit. This is usually a few hours. You may be able to go home together from here, and we would encourage you to do this if possible.

Alternatively, mum and baby will be transferred to the maternity ward and partners will need to go home at this time. An individualised plan about visiting arrangements and expected discharge date will be made with you before your partner goes home. Our current visiting policy supports a planned visit for one hour a day at an agreed time, however circumstances may be different for other parents and we would ask for your understanding as we cannot discuss details about other families.

Discharge   
When you are discharged, your partner/family member is welcome to come and collect you. Our staff will help you and your baby to meet your partner at the door of the maternity ward. 

We are doing our very best to enable families to be together when their baby is born, whilst working to keep everyone safe during the pandemic. Please work with us during this challenging time to help keep everyone safe and provide the best possible care to our patients.

Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit
The Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit (EPU) is situated within the King’s Treatment Centre.The Sherwood Women's Centre at Newark Hospital provides comprehensive facilities for antenatal and postnatal care, including ultrasound.

The maternity unit at King’s Mill Hospital includes the pregnancy day care unit, antenatal clinic, maternity ward (antenatal and postnatal), the Sherwood Birthing Unit and the neonatal unit. The Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit (EPU) is situated within the King’s Treatment Centre.The Sherwood Women's Centre at Newark Hospital provides comprehensive facilities for antenatal and postnatal care, including ultrasound.

We offer a choice of packages of care and birthing options:

  • Midwife led care
  • Maternity team care
  • Home birth
  • Hospital birth
  • Pool birth

You will be able to discuss these options with your midwife, and consultant (if you have one). Our midwives and doctors provide 24-hour care for the full range of maternity services - during pregnancy, labour and after the birth. 

We are committed to supporting women who chose to breast feed and have accreditation under the UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative. Our Infant Feeding Advisor provides dedicated support and guidance to mothers who choose to breastfeed.

We also offer the baby hearing test service for your baby before you go home.

Ongoing support once you are home with your baby is provided by your named Community Midwife. Before you leave the hospital or before the midwife leaves your home, if you have had a home birth you will be informed how to contact a midwife should you need one out of normal visiting hours. Visits will take place between 9am-5pm.  Subsequent visits will depend on the individual needs of yourself and your baby and will be arranged following discussion with you.

Revolutionary electronic maternity records, introduced in 2008, are unique to our Trust and provide a secure system where each woman’s records can be instantly accessed by midwives and consultants. This ensures the latest information is always to hand to provide the highest standard of care.

The Sherwood Women's Centre at Newark Hospital provides comprehensive facilities for antenatal and postnatal care, including ultrasound.

Visiting hours for the Birthing Unit and Maternity Ward: 

Please note that at the moment we are asking that only one birthing partner be allowed on the birthing unit. Thank you for your understanding.

Telephone: 

Emergency Midwife for King’s Mill and Newark  01623 655722 
Sherwood Birthing Unit at King’s Mill  01623 672244 
Maternity Ward at King’s Mill  01623 672242 
Sherwood Women’s Centre at Newark Hospital  01636 685779
Community Midwife Advice Line (Monday to Friday 9.30am - 4.30pm)  01623 676170

#movementsmatter

We are proud to support the campaign led by Tommys and Kicks Count, #movementsmatter, which challenges dangerous myths about baby movement during pregnancy. A short, impactful video has been developed in collaboration with clinicians, charities, and pregnant women. Please follow the link below to the NHS England website where you can follow a further link to the video on YouTube.
https://www.england.nhs.uk/ourwork/futurenhs/mat-transformation/saving-babies/

Patient Information Leaflets

Please click here to access our maternity patient information leaflets

You will be able to discuss these options with your midwife and consultant (if you have one). Our midwives and doctors provide 24-hour care for the full range of maternity services - during pregnancy, labour and after the birth. 

We are committed to supporting women who chose to breast feed and have accreditation under the UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative. Our Infant Feeding Advisor provides dedicated support and guidance to mothers who choose to breastfeed.

We also offer the baby hearing test service for your baby before you go home.

Ongoing support once you are home with your baby is provided by your named Community Midwife. Before you leave the hospital or before the midwife leaves your home, if you have had a home birth you will be informed how to contact a midwife should you need one out of normal visiting hours. Visits will take place between 9am-5pm.  Subsequent visits will depend on the individual needs of yourself and your baby and will be arranged following discussion with you.

Revolutionary electronic maternity records, introduced in 2008, are unique to our Trust and provide a secure system where each woman’s records can be instantly accessed by midwives and consultants. This ensures the latest information is always to hand to provide the highest standard of care.

The Sherwood Women's Centre at Newark Hospital provides comprehensive facilities for antenatal and postnatal care, including ultrasound.

If you are unable to view the maternity services video above please click here to view on the Trust's YouTube channel.

Telephone: 

Emergency Midwife for King’s Mill and Newark  01623 655722 
Sherwood Birthing Unit at King’s Mill  01623 672244 
Maternity Ward at King’s Mill  01623 672242 
Sherwood Women’s Centre at Newark Hospital  01636 685779
Community Midwife Advice Line (Monday to Friday 9.30 am to 4.30 pm)  01623 676170

#movementsmatter

We are proud to support the new campaign led by Tommys and Kicks Count, #movementsmatter, which challenges dangerous myths about baby movement during pregnancy. A short, impactful video has been developed in collaboration with clinicians, charities, and pregnant women. Please follow the link below to the NHS England website where you can also follow a further link to the video on YouTube.
https://www.england.nhs.uk/ourwork/futurenhs/mat-transformation/saving-babies/

Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Maternity Voices

Patient Information Leaflets

Please click here to access our maternity patient information leaflets