Maternity services are provided here in Taunton in a number of locations including our main Musgrove Park maternity unit, Mary Stanley midwifery led birth unit at Bridgwater Community Hospital and in your own home throughout the local community. Our maternity services provides care for over 3,200 births per year.

The maternity team is made up of various clinicians including midwives, obstetricians, maternity support workers, trainee nursing assistants, paediatricians and anaesthetists. We also work closely with a range of other healthcare providers including GPs and health visitors.

We offer a friendly, supportive and safe service for women and families throughout Somerset.

Updates to our maternity services during the COVID-19 pandemic – December 2021

As you know every part of the NHS is currently under extreme and sustained pressure. We would like to take this opportunity to reassure you that, your Maternity Services are open for business and here to support you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Our priority is always to support you to have a safe and positive pregnancy and birth experience. To do this we need to ensure you have all the information you need to make informed decisions about your care.

We realise how difficult it is currently, as the COVID-19 Pandemic continues, and we know that information about health options during your pregnancy and birth are essential to you when making choices to ensure you remain well. We are strongly advising you to get a COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible.

There are increased risks to you, your baby, and your health, if you should get COVID whilst pregnant especially if you are not vaccinated.

Vaccination is recommended at any stage of pregnancy so please do not delay. You can book your vaccination online or by calling 119. If you wish to talk to anyone, please contact your community midwife.

We would like to reassure you that there are no planned changes to visiting or to partners support through your maternity journey.

As you may know, the ambulance service is also facing extremely high demand at the moment and because of this it is possible that the response times in the community will be longer than usual. If you choose to give birth at home or in our freestanding midwifery birth centre, there may be a chance of a delay if you require ambulance transfer to hospital in labour or if you call an ambulance during your pregnancy. It is important you are aware this could happen. Your midwife will also talk to you about this.

If you become unwell or have any concerns about your heath, including your baby’s movements, we advise you to call your local hospital as soon as possible for advice. Please do not wait until the situation becomes serious, we want to be able to see you early and ensure you get the care and support you need.

Contacts:

Taunton: 01823 343985

Yeovil: 01935 384350

These support lines are 24 hours a day 7 days a week

Your Community Midwife will discuss your pregnancy and birth plans with you during your appointments. The senior management team is also available, and if you would like to discuss anything further or have any concerns, please use any of the contacts below.

Interim Director of Midwifery for Somerset– sallyann.king@somersetft.nhs.uk

Head of Midwifery Taunton – Nicola.van-Eerde@somersetft.nhs.uk

Midwifery Matron Yeovil – Alison.Dennett@ydh.nhs.uk

MVP Chair – SomersetMVP@healthwatchsomerset.co.uk

Maternity visiting arrangements from Tuesday 3 May 2022

We are very pleased to be able to tell you that we can now welcome the visiting of family and friends back into our maternity units.

Antenatal (before birth)

  • Scans/hospital appointments while pregnant – one support person for all appointments (children cannot attend these medical appointments)
  • One person can stay with you while on the Antenatal (before birth) ward.
  • Between 2pm-8pm, you can have three people, adults or (yours/your partners) children, with you at your bedside.

Labour Ward/Birth Centres

  • During your labour and birth, you can have two birth partners with you.

Postnatal (after birth)

  • Your partner will be able to stay overnight for the first night following the birth of your baby on the postnatal ward, partners will be asked to sign and follow a contract of expectations whilst on the ward
  • Between 2pm-8pm, you can have three people, adults or (yours/your partners) children, with you at your bedside.

Neonatal care

  • Parents of babies in our Neonatal/Special Care departments can be with their baby 24 hours a day.

If you would like to share feedback regarding your maternity care, please contact Somerset Maternity Voices Partnership: somersetmvp@healthwatchsomerset.co.uk

All visitors must be well and have no symptoms of COVID-19.

While visiting, please wear a face mask and use the hand sanitiser provided.

Rapid COVID-19 testing (lateral flow)

We would encourage all women and their chosen support partners to register and take up the offer of the free national lateral flow testing. This helps us to keep you and our colleagues safe, ensuring we can continue to provide the best care. More information here.

Please note that all members of the public – including pregnant women – are asked to wear a hospital-provided, single-use mask when entering healthcare settings. These are available at all entrances to our hospitals and units – please use the hand gel provided before taking a mask.