​Antenatal unit

antenatal unit.jpgSome women will require admission to hospital during their pregnancy for their health or the health of their unborn baby.

In the Antenatal Ward, we aim to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Our team of midwives will care for you throughout your stay. Our team of staff doctors will visit you daily and develop a plan of care for you. If you are under the care of a private obstetrician, he/she will visit you on the ward.

The circumstances that led you to the Antenatal Ward may cause you some stress; for example, you may have been transferred from another hospital or may be facing a long stay due to difficulties with your pregnancy. Please discuss these issues with your midwife. We have additional staff who may offer you support to meet your needs.

Located on the wall at each bedside you will find a patient care board which is a useful communication tool between you or your family and your care providers. Here you can write down questions, your midwife can write down what is happening for that day or perhaps you can write down reminders for questions to discuss with your doctor.

The antenatal ward has mostly four-bed rooms, which limits the ability of other families to stay overnight. There are a small number of single rooms available, which are usually reserved for women with specific medical needs. We encourage expectant mothers to have a rest period between 1pm and 3pm each day. You may like to communicate this to your friends and family.

Your midwife and staff from the Parenting Education Service are available to offer education and discuss a range of topics with you. This may be either a one to one or group session. There are a range of educational resources available to support your learning. Arrangements can also be made to see a lactation consultant. Talk to your midwife or use your patient care board as a
reminder to staff. Tours to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) can also be arranged.

While an inpatient on the ward, please inform staff if you intend to leave the ward area for any reason and advise them of your estimated time of return. This helps us to keep you safe and provide you with the best care possible.