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Maternity Unit, Basildon University Hospital,
Nethermayne, Basildon, Essex, SS16 5NL

Maternity Services Update - Visiting Information December 2020

As you may be aware, within our Maternity Services at Mid and South Essex Hospitals, we have had to make some changes to keep people safe and protected from coronavirus. These changes have included restricting the number of people who can come to our hospitals and clinics. We know how hard this has been for you and your families and thank you all for supporting us to keep everyone as safe as we can.

We have recently reviewed some of our restrictions in line with the increased knowledge available and would like to update you with the current situation at Basildon, Southend and Mid Essex as follows:

One partner/support person can accompany you to all of your Maternity scans. You will both be expected to wear a surgical mask throughout the whole scan appointment. A visor is available if you are mask exempt.

Unfortunately at this time, you will have to attend your antenatal appointments without your partner/support person. You can use your phone to face time or video call your partner/support person so they can still be included in the appointment if this is your choice.

One partner/support person can come in with you when you come in for your elective caesarean section if that is your care pathway. Your partner may be asked to return home once you have been admitted and can then return before you go to theatre.

One partner/support person can come in with you when you come in for your induction of labour if that is your care pathway. Your partner may be asked to return home once you have been admitted and can then return when you are in established labour.

One partner/supporter can come with when you come in to be assessed to see if you are in labour and can remain with you if you are, until after your baby is born.

All women are tested on admission for Covid-19. If your test results come back as positive, or you are known to already be Covid positive, your partner will be asked to remain at home to isolate and return when you are in established labour.

When your baby is born, you will be able to spend some time together in the birthing room. If you are being transferred to the post-natal ward, your partner/support person will be asked to go home to rest and will be given a time to return to see you on the post-natal ward.

When you go home the midwife will visit you. Please prepare for the visit by airing your home and opening all doors so the midwife does not need to touch the handles. Please can we ask that there are no other visitors in the house at this time.

Mid Essex Hospital has now commenced partner testing which will take place prior to admission to the wards for Induction of labour, elective caesarean sections or if you are in labour. If your partner/support person’s test result is positive, they will be asked to follow the Government guidance and return home to self-isolate. It is advisable to think about having another birth partner/support person on standby just in case this happens.

We will keep you updated with regard to the progress for Southend and Basildon with regard to partner testing.

Please note that children are not currently able to come to the department.

We thank you for being patient, and do understand how difficult this situation is for everyone.

Maternity Services - Online self-referral

online antenatal self referral

Congratulations on your pregnancy!

If you have a positive pregnancy test and wish to have your baby under the care of Basildon Hospital Maternity Services, you can contact us directly by completing the antenatal self-referral form without the need to see your GP first.

You can access our antenatal self-referral form here: Antenatal self-referral form

Once you submit your referral form you will be able to access evidence-based health information and chat to a member of our midwifery team about non-urgent concerns and questions via the Maternity Direct App.

Maternity Direct App

We encourage every woman to develop a personalised care plan, with your midwife and other health professionals, which sets out your decisions about your care, reflects your wider health needs and is kept up to date as your pregnancy progresses.

Your Midwife will discuss this further with you once you have referred your pregnancy.

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Screening tests for you and your baby

Screening tests are used to find people at higher risk of a health problem. This means they can get earlier, potentially more effective treatment, or make informed decisions about their health.

Public Health England provide comprehensive information on all of the screening tests available for you and your baby.

ph screening tests smallClick on the booklet image on the right to access this useful resource.

This booklet is also available in the following foreign languages:



Your community midwife can discuss screening in more detail and answer any questions or concerns.  

 Audio Versions

There are also audio versions (in English) of the screening booklet available here (scroll to bottom of web page).

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We understand that pregnant women may feel anxious and have questions about how the current coronavirus pandemic may affect their maternity care, so we have produced this short video:

Please click here to read information regarding changes to our service during this time.

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Please read the information and help us to keep patients safe by observing the precautions.

Coronavirus - advice for hospital visitors (click to read) 

Opening times
Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week

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Who the service is for

 Women during pregnancy and birth.

About the service

The maternity unit offers a comprehensive range of services including:

  • Mulberry assessment centre
  • prenatal diagnostic screening
  • antenatal care services
  • perinatal mental health and counselling service
  • parent-craft education sessions and tours of the maternity unit
  • midwife-led birthing unit, including waterbirth facilities
  • fully-equipped delivery suite
  • birthing at home support
  • infant feeding support services

View our maternity videos below:

tour-of-maternity-unitTour of maternity unit at Basildon Hospital

 

 

before-you-have-your-babyBefore you have your baby

 

 

birth-when-baby-is-bornWhen your baby is born

 

 

after-youve-had-your-babyAfter you've had your baby

 

 

A day in maternity - Find out more about the work that takes place in different areas of the maternity department.

 

 Additional information


 

Antenatal care

Women may be referred to Basildon University Hospital by their GP, or they may refer themselves through maternity direct (see section below).

 Women who are considered to have a low risk pregnancy will receive antenatal care in the community with a community midwife. Women considered to be at high risk will receive antenatal care at the hospital under the supervision of their named obstetric consultant.

Women diagnosed with an endocrine condition e.g. diabetes or a thyroid condition, will receive care throughout their pregnancy from a specialist team including a consultant obstetrician, a consultant specialising in endocrine abnormalities, diabetic nurse specialists, and specialist midwives.

  • Ultrasound scans
    Two routine scans are offered – one at approximately 12 weeks for screening purposes. The second ultrasound scan is between 18 and 22 weeks and is a detailed scan to assess your baby's condition and wellbeing.

The publication 'A guide to your healthy pregnancy and the first months' contains useful information and guidance. Just click the link below to view or downlaod.

maternity ultrasound


Birthing options

The maternity unit at Basildon University Hospital offers women the following birthing options:

Home birth

Whether you can have a home birth depends on your individual circumstances. You can discuss the option of having a home birth with the community midwife at your booking appointment.

The decision can be made further-on in your pregnancy, but this needs to be discussed with the midwife by 36 weeks of pregnancy.

Click here to download a home birth information leaflet >

Midwife-led birthing unit

 If you have a problem-free pregnancy and are expected to have a problem-free labour, the midwife-led birthing unit provides a more homely setting for the birth of your baby.

 Run by experienced midwives specialising in natural labour and birth the midwife-led birthing unit provides: 

  • a calm and peaceful environment
  • water birth pool – which can be used for pain relief
  • birthing balls, floor mats
  • pain management options including gas and air, diamorphine injection, pethidine
  • immediate access to specialist services, in maternity unit, if needed
  • discharge within  4 – 24 hours of the birth

 The midwife-led birthing unit is located on Willow Suite.

Labour ward / delivery suite

The labour ward offers a delivery suite for women with more complex labours.

Run by experienced midwives, obstetricians and anaesthetists skilled in promoting normality when dealing with more complex labours, the labour ward offers: 

  • up-to-date high-tech equipment
  • pain management options including gas and air, diamorphine injection, pethidine, mobile epidural (provides pain relief with less numbness or heavy-legged feeling experienced during a full epidural)
  •  immediate access to specialists in maternity care

Birth Options Clinic

We wish to promote normal birth wherever possible and believe that all women should be provided with the correct information to make informed decisions regarding their birth options.

A specialist service has been developed by midwives to help support women in their individual choices for pregnancy and birth. This clinic is run by an experienced midwife who facilitates discussion and advises pregnant women regarding their birth choice if a woman chooses to not follow recommended guidance for her labour and birth. This also includes women wishing to birth in an environment that does not reflect national guidance. It is not necessary to see all women who have delivered by caesarean section in a previous pregnancy.

Your community midwife or consultant may refer you to our birth options clinic, to discuss previous deliveries and explore options for birth in this pregnancy.



Every woman should develop a personalised care plan, with her midwife and other health professionals, which sets out her decisions about her care, reflects her wider health needs and is kept up to date as her pregnancy progresses. Please follow the link below to download your Personalised Care Plan, which you may want to print, ready for your next midwife appointment.

Click here to download a copy of the Personal Care Plan >


 Postnatal care

Experienced midwives and support staff will provide your care following the birth of your baby, including:

  • support with infant feeding
  • support for baby care needs  and reducing the risk of cot death etc.
  • information on postnatal care needs (e.g. postnatal exercises, family planning, vaginal discharge)

Congratulations on your pregnancy!

If you have a positive pregnancy test and wish to have your baby under the care of Basildon Hospital Maternity Services, you can contact us directly by completing the antenatal self-referral form (see link below) without the need to see your GP first. 

There are many benefits for you and your baby if you access maternity care as soon as you have a positive pregnancy test.

You can access our antenatal self-referral form here: Antenatal self-referral form

A qualified midwife will contact you by telephone within seven days following receipt to discuss the next steps.

Every woman should develop a personalised care plan, with her midwife and other health professionals, which sets out her decisions about her care, reflects her wider health needs and is kept up to date as her pregnancy progresses.  Please follow the link below to download your Personalised Care Plan, which you may want to print, ready for your next midwife appointment.

  

If you encounter any problems with the submission of your referral form, please email us on maternity@btuh.nhs.uk.


Birth Afterthoughts

If you have given birth at Basildon University Hospital and have any unanswered questions, please contact our Birth Afterthoughts midwife.

For further information, please see our Birth Afterthoughts page.


Feeding Together

We have two Specialist Midwives for Infant Feeding - Lisette Harris and Geraldine Purver. They can be contacted on 01268 524900 ext 8830,  9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday (answerphone service out of hours).

For further information, please see our Feeding together page.


Supervisors of Midwives

 From 1 April 2017, you can contact the senior midwife on call 24/7 if you have any urgent concerns. 

This change is in response the retirement of the Supervisor of Midwives role by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). This provision means that all staff and women have equitable support out of hours.

Please be assured that we continue to support all women and their families in their choices for childbirth.

Dial the main switchboard 01268 524900 and ask for the senior manager on call in maternity.

For non-urgent enquiries, you can refer to our Maternity Direct+ service


Maternity Services Liaison Committee (MSLC)

The Basildon and Thurrock MSLC is linked to Basildon Hospital's maternity unit and the community maternity services provided in Basildon, Billericay, Brentwood and Wickford.

The MSLC plays an important part in shaping maternity services to meet the needs of users. Its role is to make sure that the organisations that commission (buy) maternity services listen to, and take into account the views and experiences of the users and providers of maternity services, to improve all aspects of maternity services in the area. It actively seeks the views of women and their families and brings together women and health care professionals.

The MSLC wishes to recruit several new members to the committee, to take part as service user representatives. No experience is required other than to have used, or representative others who have used, local maternity services. All enquiries from individuals or groups are most welcome.

To find out more about the MSLC, and to get in touch please see their website at www.btuhmslc.btck.co.uk

Or find them on Facebook, search BasildonMSLC, or on Twitter: @BTUHMSLC

 

 

 

 

From 1 April 2017, you can contact the senior midwife on call 24/7 if you have any urgent concerns.

This change is in response the retirement of the Supervisor of Midwives role by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). This provision means that all staff and women have equitable support out of hours.

Please be assured that we continue to support all women and their families in their choices for childbirth.

Dial the main switchboard 01268 524900 and ask for the senior manager on call in maternity.

For non-urgent enquiries, you can refer to our Maternity Direct+ service [weblink]

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Contact us

  • Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
    Nethermayne, Basildon
    Essex  SS16 5NL
    Switchboard: 01268 524900

  • The Essex Cardiothoracic Centre
    Nethermayne, Basildon
    Essex SS16 5NL
    Switchboard: 01268 524900

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