Frequently asked questions

We have had many enquiries regarding the latest rules and restrictions and so we have prepared these ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ (FAQ) in the hope that it answers your questions.

Before reading it, please be reminded that the number of positive COVID-19 cases in our community is increasing.

COVID-19 is potentially fatal and there is currently no vaccine. We understand that being pregnant is a very special and sometimes stressful time and we want to ensure that you have the best experience possible, while keeping you and your families safe.

This means our restrictions will continue to be under review, and could be eased further or tightened again depending on the risks to the women in our care and our staff.

Our great team of staff will be with you to support you throughout your pregnancy, during birth and on the wards. You will not be alone – we are here for you.

Do I have to wear a face covering when I come to the hospital?

  • If you are attending the hospital for an appointment or scan you should wear a face covering.
  • If you are in labour you do not need to wear a face covering.
  • Birth partners should wear a face covering at all times.

Should I continue to keep all my appointments that I have booked?

Yes, it’s important to keep all of your appointments as they are often booked at a specific time in your pregnancy. Some of these appointments will be face to face, and others will be via telephone or video call. We will let you know in advance how you will be seen.

Can I have someone with me at scans other than the dating/combined screening scan?

No, under our latest guidance you can only have one person with you at the dating/combined screening scan and not at any other routine scanning appointment.

This is to help us maintain social distancing. Please do not bring your children.

If there are complications when having my scan, can someone come in to be with me if they are waiting nearby or can be on site very quickly?

Yes they can. We will keep you informed at the time.

If I’m induced, can my birth partner attend from the start of the induction?

No. Inductions usually begin in a shared area where social distancing is only possible if birth partners are not present.

When you are transferred to the labour ward or the birthing centre, your birth partner can attend.

Can I have my birth partner with me for a caesarean section?

Yes. When you are admitted for an elective caesarean section, you will initially go to a ward on your own to be prepared for theatre. As soon as you are transferred to the consultant-led unit, your partner can attend and stay with you in theatre, and afterwards in recovery until you move back to the ward.

Can my birth partner stay with me after the birth?

Birth partners can stay with you after the birth until you move to the postnatal ward. This is usually a couple of hours.

When you get to the postnatal ward, you will not be alone – our staff will look after you and your baby.

Can I swap the person I have with me?

No. To maintain a safe environment for you, all of our other women and the staff caring for you, it must be the same person throughout your scan or birth.

Why do some hospitals have different rules?

Each hospital has different maternity facilities, with different sizes and layouts and this is why some hospitals can have people to accompany women at different scans and stages of birth.

We want you to have a positive and safe birth experience. We are sorry if the current restrictions cause you any distress but we hope you understand that your safety is always our top priority.

I have more questions, who do I contact?

Please contact your midwife directly or call us on 01923 217343. You can also find the latest information on our maternity homepage or check out our Twitter & Facebook pages.

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