We know that some of our expectant mums have questions about coronavirus (COVID-19) You can get up-to-date information from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) website. A patient information leaflet is also available which covers key information on maternity services and its operations during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We have also produced a leaflet for BAME women about the support available during COVID.
We now have a direct number for any women who have any queries about their antenatal appointments. You can call us on 01604 523364 Monday- Friday 8.00am - 4.30pm
Triage Maternity Helpline - From October 10th there will only be one Telephone Triage helpline – 07887 566489. You are advised to use this line from 20 weeks if you are unable to contact your named midwife and the call is urgent.
Choices in Maternity Care including place of birth
It’s never too early to start considering the choices available to you as part of your maternity care. At no point do you have to make definite plans, and you can change your mind at any stage in your pregnancy. What we do know is that women who are given information about the choices available and are involved in their care are more likely to feel in control and have a more positive experience of birth.
Full information can be found in our maternity choices leaflet:
- Choices in Maternity Care including Place of Birth (English, PDF, 423Kb)
- Choices in Maternity Care including Place of Birth (Lithuanian, PDF, 174Kb)
- Choices in Maternity Care including Place of Birth (Polish, PDF, 167Kb)
- Choices in Maternity Care including Place of Birth (Romanian, PDF, 169Kb)
- Choices in Maternity Care including Place of Birth (Russian, PDF, 216Kb)
- Choices in Maternity Care including Place of Birth (Bengali, PDF, 183Kb)
Along with the advice you are provided by your midwife/doctor and the information on our website, several organisations have produced important information leaflets for women and families in different languages to support women during their pregnancy.
You can find these here:
You have a right to an interpreter at all of your appointments and during your care in hospital. Staff can access our interpreting service, which is available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. If you do not speak English and need to have an interpreter for your appointment, please let your midwife or doctor know.
It may be considered necessary to use an independant, professional interpreter during your appointment. We do not wish to cause any offense to partners or family members who are kindly offering to translate at appointments.
If you have a disability that affects your ability to communicate, please let us know. We are able to provide support such as a British Sign Language Interpreter and provide information in an alternative format if this is required.
Updated guidance for maternity visiting - 02 October 2020
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and in line with national recommendations, the maternity service at Northampton General Hospital stopped all non-essential visiting in March 2020. The maternity department continued to provide visiting for one partner for women in established labour. These arrangements were put in place to help prevent the spread of infection and to protect our patients, visitors and staff.
We appreciate that this has been a very difficult time for pregnant women and their partners and we have been undertaking an ongoing risk assessments of these arrangements across our maternity services.
During the past few months, we have worked to lift restrictions as and when it has been safe to do so. We are pleased that following further risk assessments and changes to our estates facilities we can now lift some of the restrictions further. As with our other restrictions, this will be done gradually and could change at any time.
Your partner will be screened each time they enter Labour ward, the Birth Centre or the postnatal wards at Northampton General Hospital.
If at any time your partner presents with a positive result to COVID-19, they must return home and will be advised to self-isolate in line with national guidance.
We are currently working with the sonography department and plan to implement a safe service to allow partners to attend 20 week scans.
The rooms used for the scans are currently too small to accommodate safe social distancing therefore we need to review this further with our sonographers and infection control teams to find a safe solution.
Antenatal clinic (Maternity day unit)
From Monday 5 October 2020, when a woman attends the Antenatal Clinic, their partners may accompany them to some parts of the appointment. The woman will need to attend the unit on their own while their partner waits in the car or outside of the hospital grounds. Once the woman has been taken into a side room for their appointment they can then phone their partner who can then come into the appointment.
Face coverings must be worn at all times and partners must please adhere to these rules.
Partners are not permitted to wait inside of the building or outside of the Maternity Day Unit.
Community Antenatal Clinics
Women attending antenatal appointments at the Northampton Saints Hub will not be able to be accompanied by a partner. At the Saints hub we have an average footfall of 150 women per day and the space is not adequate to accommodate safe social distancing when additional people are present.
Allowing visitors to this area would potentially double the footfall, impacting on social distancing guidance and heighten the risk to patients, visitors and staff. Face coverings must be worn at all times by patients.
Elective Caesarean Sections - Women who are booked for an elective caesarean section (ELLSCS) will be offered COVID-19 swabbing at their pre-op assessment. During this appointment COVID-19 swabbing is also offered to the birth partner which will allow post-natal visiting.
Elective induction of labour - Women attending for induction of labour (IOL), and their chosen birth partner, will be offered COVID-19 swabbing on arrival at the Maternity unit. This testing is to allow post-natal visiting.
When presenting in labour the woman and her birth partner will both be offered COVID-19 swabbing. We ask that the woman and birth partner be from the same household or social bubble unless there as exceptional circumstances. Partners need to wear a face covering at all times.
Help us to protect you
Please follow floor markings, maintain 2 metre social distancing at all times and use the hand gel provided at all entrances and exits to maternity services.
If your partner experiences any symptoms of COVID-19 or has been in contact with someone who has tested positive with the virus, they must stay at home and not visit the hospital. Please let us know if that is the case.
Please bring sufficient food, drink and other essential items to reduce the number of occasions you need to leave the ward or birthing rooms.
The above guidance may change at any time depending on our local COVID-19 situation and hospital response.
We appreciate your support in helping to keep patients, visitors and staff safe during this time.