Maternity and Fertility services
Important update to maternity services – 11 February 2021
We know how difficult the last year has been for everyone, and we would like to thank women and their birth partners for their patience and understanding while we have been working hard to find an appropriate solution which strikes a balance between keeping everyone as safe as possible and enabling the special moments during pregnancy and birth to be shared. Below is the updated position on visiting and attendance at scans, labour, birth/post birth as well as neonatal visiting.
Attendance at 12 and 20 week baby scans
We are pleased to announce that thanks to the hard work of our maternity team, we have now been able to redesign our facilities to enable partners or a nominated support person to attend the 12 week first pregnancy scan (dating scan) and the 20 week anomaly scan at Jessop Wing from today. We have created additional space and routes through the scan department to enable appropriate social distancing and also introduced additional infection control measures to limit the potential for COVID-19 transmission.
In addition to the measures we have put in place we are asking that:
- Do not attend if you are unwell or have any symptoms which could be COVID-19
- You and your partner both wear a face covering or mask during the scan appointment
- You both wash/gel your hands on entry to and exit from the Jessop Wing
- You both maintain social distancing in line with current government guidelines
- Your partner will need to leave after the scan and wait outside while the rest of the maternity appointment takes place unless there are exceptional circumstances you have agreed with the Matron in advance.
- Unfortunately children under the age of 16 are not able to accompany women to appointments.
Induction of labour
It can take many hours, sometimes days, for labour to get started so during that time we need to keep you and the staff safe and protected from COVID-19 infection. We are pleased to now be in a position to offer rapid COVID-19 lateral flow testing for women and their partners during induction of labour. This is to enable your birth partner/companion to be present throughout the induction of labour process, during the day if they have a negative COVID-19 test result. The results of the lateral flow test can take up to 30 minutes, so please understand that your birth partner will need to wait for the results before they come onto the ward. You can say no to the test but, to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19, your partner will then only be able to visit you for 1 hour each day if we cannot be sure they are COVID-19 negative.
In addition your partner will need to:
- Be well and not have any symptoms associated with COVID-19
- Wear a mask or face covering
- Wash or gels their hand regularly during the time in the hospital
- Maintain social distance from staff members.
Labour and birth
Your birth partner can be with you throughout labour and birth and also for caesarean section, unless you need a general anaesthetic. Please ensure your partner:
- Is well and does not have any symptoms associated with COVID-19
- Is prepared to wear a mask or face covering as instructed by staff
- Washes or gels their hands regularly during the time in the hospital
- Remains by your bedside
- Maintains social distance from staff members.
Antenatal and Postnatal ward visiting
Your partner or nominated support person can visit the antenatal and postnatal wards for one hour per day, in a nominated time slot. They will be provided with PPE to wear and will need to follow social distancing rules. Unfortunately children under the age of 16 are not allowed to attend.
Neonatal unit visiting
COVID-19 swab testing is currently being used for parents caring for their babies, to enable visiting. Please discuss your individual circumstances with the staff on the unit.
Ask the Midwife via our 24 hour Advice Line
If you have any further enquiries about your pregnancy please do not hesitate to contact our Ask the Midwife hotline which is available 24 hours for advice.
0114 226 8091
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
We are so happy to be able to let you know that we are now able to reopen most of our routine services. We do appreciate your patience and understanding and hope that you will bear with us while we work our hardest to bring you in for your treatment as soon as we can. If you’re already a patient at Jessop Fertility and you haven’t heard from us yet please ring us on 0114 2268050 to make an appointment. If you’ve been referred to us during or since our service was suspended then we will be in touch with you as soon as possible.
As always, if you would like emotional support then please ring us on 0114 2268050 to make a telephone appointment with one of our specialist counsellors.
Frequently asked questions
We have a Frequently Asked Questions section on our website which may provide the information you need.
Please also visit https://www.rcm.org.uk/faqs-for-pregnant-women-their-families/ for all national changes regarding COVID-19 and maternity.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
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