Patients & Visitors

Maternity

Updated: 18 January 2022

Temporary closure of Bath community birthing centres and home birthing service

To allow us to maintain safe staffing levels across our maternity services, we have extended the temporary closure of Chippenham and Frome community birthing centres for births and paused our home birthing service until Sunday 30 January.

This difficult decision has been made in response to increased demand for maternity services as well as staffing challenges caused by sickness absences due to COVID-19 and general winter illnesses.

We would like to reassure mums, birthing people, partners and families that our maternity services remain open and encourage them to speak to their midwife if they have any concerns about them or their baby.

We will continue to provide antenatal clinics in Chippenham, Frome, Trowbridge and Paulton.

Those affected by the closures will be contacted and supported by their midwife and will be able to use the Birthing Centre at the Royal United Hospitals Bath (RUH), which is rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission. There are no changes for partners/birth partners who remain welcome to accompany you to appointments and in labour. Our website has updated information on 24 hour contact details for maternity services.

Sarah Merritt, Director of Midwifery and Deputy Chief Nurse, said:

"This is not something we take lightly and we explored a number of options before making this difficult decision. However, the safety of those who are giving birth and their babies is our utmost priority.

"We fully appreciate how disappointing this will be for those who were hoping to have a home birth or use their community centre during this time. We are very sorry for this and will monitor the situation closely so that we can offer this service again as soon as we can. Thank you for your understanding."

The situation will be reviewed twice a week and the service reinstated as soon as safely possible.

Maternity changes
during COVID-19

Updated 24 December 2021

Our priority is to keep you, your baby and your family safe, as well as our staff. Please check the latest arrangements for appointments and visiting before you come.

Births

Please note that two support people are welcome to be with a woman when they attend in labour in all three of our birth centres and they are welcome to be with their partner during labour and for the birth.

About us

Our maternity services provide personalised care for you and your family to ensure you have the support you need throughout your pregnancy. Our services cover a large geographical area however we maintain a friendly caring ethos.

We offer a choice of birth place options which include either home, a stand-alone birth centre or Bath Birthing Centre which located within the hospital where you can access either midwife or obstetric led care.

Our rating

Our recent Care Quality Commission (CQC) assessment in April 2018 rated our services as Outstanding overall.

Please take a look at the following advice about how we are providing antenatal care.

Please take a look at the following advice for the postnatal period.


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