Patients & Visitors


Maternity Information Event

On Tuesday 31 May we held a virtual event to update about the suspension of community and home births. If you missed the event you can watch it back here, and read the questions and answers from the event here.

Temporary closure of community birthing centres and home birthing service extended

Updated: 8 June 2022

Due to on-going staff shortages we have today taken the difficult decision to further suspend community births and home births until Monday 4 July. We have taken this decision in order to keep our mums, birthing people, babies and families safe as we focus our resources on ensuring a safe service.

We know that this news will be very disappointing for you but please be assured that we do not take the decision to suspend community births lightly and are working hard to address the staff shortages. We will keep the situation under review and reinstate community births and home births as soon as it is safe to do so.

Women and birthing people affected by this suspension will be contacted by their community midwifery teams to discuss their birth preferences at the RUH.

We would like to reassure you that our maternity units remain open. If you have any questions or concerns about yourself or your baby please don't hesitate to contact your midwife or local midwifery unit. We are sorry we have had to take this difficult decision and thank you for your understanding.

We will keep the situation under review and reinstate community births and home births as soon as it is safe to do so.

Sarah Merritt
Deputy Chief Nurse and Director of Midwifery

Maternity changes
during COVID-19

Updated 16 June 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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