Maternity and Fertility services
Attending your antenatal appointments either with your Community Midwife or at the Jessop Wing Antenatal Clinic is really important to ensure your personalised plan of care is followed. If you need urgent help or advice it is also important that you contact us to discuss your pregnancy concerns.
We have measures in place to protect you from coming into contact with Coronavirus which includes coming to your appointments, including your scans, alone.
If you have a fever or new persistent cough or are in self-isolation due to a family member being symptomatic of Covid-19 please contact us before coming to your antenatal appointment on 0114 2268091.
Visiting and birth partners
We understand that the birth of your baby is a special time which you want to share with family and friends but our priority has to be to keep you and your baby as safe as possible. For this reason we have the following rules in place during the COVID-19 outbreak.
- Only one birth partner is allowed to accompany you either in labour or at an elective caesarean section. This person must be COVID-19 symptom free and not self-isolating.
- After the baby is born there will be no access to the postnatal wards for the partner or family to protect our mums and babies.
We are really sorry to do this but safety has to be the priority at this time. Thank you for your understanding.
Even in these more difficult times we are continuing to provide all the usual help and support for breastfeeding mothers’.
Babies rely on their parents for protection and breastfeeding not only provides food, comfort and security, breast milk also contains substances that help fight infections and boost a baby’s immune system. Protecting our health during this pandemic has become a priority for us all and there is currently no evidence that the Covid-19 virus is carried in breast milk or can be passed on in breast milk.
During pregnancy, mothers can discuss their thoughts about feeding with their midwife during antenatal appointments, and once the baby is born mothers will continue to be supported at every step of the way. This will include supporting mother’s to hold their baby in skin to skin contact which will trigger the baby’s natural instincts to find the breast and have the first breast feed.
More mothers are now considering breastfeeding or giving the first few breast feeds to provide valuable protection and support for their baby’s immune system. During the pandemic some mothers have chosen to give their breast milk in a bottle instead of formula milk. Whatever your decision is, we will be there to support you.
Community midwives will contact mothers by telephone, and support mothers and babies face to face at Family Centres around the city and in the mothers’ home. They give the same support as the maternity service has always provided, with the only difference being that they will be wearing protective clothing (PPE) when seeing women face to face. The community midwife will continue to support breastfeeding until transferring the mother and baby to the health visitor at around 10 days after the birth.
There is also on-going support from the Local Authority Infant Feeding Peer Supporters via telephone or video call and all mothers will be given the usual telephone numbers for emergencies or extra support for the duration of breastfeeding. Although breastfeeding groups are currently suspended across the city, mothers can access mother to mother support via the Breastfeeding in Sheffield website https://www.breastfeedinginsheffield.co.uk/ and Facebook groups https://en-gb.facebook.com/BreastfeedinginSheffield/
Stop smoking support
There’s never been a more important time to look after your lung health.
Pregnant women are at risk of serious illness from coronavirus. Pregnancy can change how your body handles viral infections, like COVID-19, and insome cases, these infections can be worse in pregnant women. Smoking increases the risk even further. Emerging evidence suggests smokers.
who catch COVID-19 are more likely to get severe disease and need intensive care than non-smokers.
If you want support to give up smoking this leaflet provides more information and contact details to get help you.Download our leaflet
Jessop Fertility services
As you may be aware, the HFEA have announced that fertility clinics can start to apply to reopen.
We are currently working on our strategy to safely resume treatments and we will provide more detail about our plans as soon as possible. However, at this stage, we’re unable to give further information about timescales since we need to ensure that any resumption of our services does not affect on the ability of the NHS to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic, and that the our Trust can still provide urgent medical services to those most in need.
As a result of the HFEA’s announcement we are experiencing a high number of enquiries from our patients. This is understandable since this is an extremely anxious time for anyone waiting for fertility treatment at the moment.
If you are a patient please look for our regular updates on Twitter, Facebook and our website rather than contacting us directly about reopening. Please rest assured that we are doing everything we can at this difficult time.
As always, if you feel that you need some emotional support, our counselling service is available free of charge to all our patients. Please just contact us if you would like to make a telephone appointment with either of our specialist counsellors, Suzanne or Diane.
Further information, including some questions and answers for patients can be found on the HFEA website.
Frequently asked questions
We know that this is a really difficult time for many of our patients. We are all living through an uncertain and worrying time and we want you to know that we are here for you whenever you need us.FInd out more
At the present time it is not practical due to social distancing to hold our popular open afternoons. We hope to restart them soon and in the meantime we are exploring some online chat options. We will annouce further details of when these may be able to take place shortly.
Jessop Fertility website
As one of the leading UK hospital based fertility centres, you can be confident that we will do all we can to give you the very best chance of becoming a parent.Visit our website