Patients & Visitors


Temporary suspension of community and home births until September 30 2022

Updated: 19 August 2022

We are very sorry to tell you that we have made the difficult decision to extend the suspension of community and home births until at least 30 September 2022. This is due to ongoing staff shortages and the need to prioritise the safety of women, birthing people and their babies.

Our maternity units at Chippenham, Frome, Paulton and Trowbridge will continue to offer antenatal, day assessment and postnatal care. Those who were hoping for a community or home birth will still have the option of a midwifery led birth in the Bath Birthing Centre. We are sorry for any disappointment this may cause.

Maternity Community Information Events

This August we’re running a series of local events providing more information on why we’ve had to temporarily suspend service and the short and long term plans in place to allow us to reinstate and maintain community and home births as soon as it is safe to do so.

Come along to an event local to you to hear more and have any questions answered.

  • Trowbridge Town Hall, Tuesday 23 August 3:45 - 4:45pm

  • Chippenham Town Hall Tuesday 23 August 5.45 - 6.45pm

  • Paulton , Midsomer Norton Town Hall Wednesday 24 August 11-12pm


Maternity information event - 21 July 2022

Maternity changes
during COVID-19
Updated 3 August 2022
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.

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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