Our services are provided in a number of locations including our Musgrove Park maternity unit, our Mary Stanley midwifery led birth unit at Bridgwater Community Hospital and in your own home throughout the local community. The 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.
Maternity services during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
In these exceptional times, we understand you may be feeling increased anxiety and worry at the moment so we want to reassure you that we are here for you. Following recent national guidance, we have now eased some visiting restrictions at our units.
You may now have one nominated birthing partner throughout your care. They can:
– Accompany you at all times on our Labour ward or in our birthing centre
– Visit you on our antenatal ward (Willow) between 2pm and 7pm
– Visit you on our postnatal ward (Fern) between 2pm and 5pm.
Unfortunately we are still unable to support anyone accompanying you to our antenatal clinic and for scans, due to social distancing restrictions.
We have made changes to the way we provide antenatal and postnatal care during the pandemic, to try to minimise the face-to-face contact you have with your midwife, while continuing to care for you and your baby in a safe way. We understand that these changes haven’t been easy, but we ask for your continued patience during this time.
If you have any queries or want advice or support, please contact your community midwife. If you have urgent concerns about you or your baby’s health we have midwives available on our maternity triage line: 01823 343985. This line is available for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Keeping checking back for the latest information about our service, as well as useful links to other sources of help and advice.
We also work closely with our Maternity Voices Partnership to ensure your questions are being heard and answered – you can contact MVP on Facebook: www.facebook.com/somersetMVP or by searching for SomersetMVP. We will continue to use our maternity Facebook pages to provide you with any updates and local service changes.
Frequently asked questions
We have developed a frequently asked questions section to provide the answers to your questions – click here.
We hope this helps to reassure you that we are doing everything we can to ensure you get the best possible care.
Somerset Maternity Voices Partnership
The Somerset Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP) is an initiative that came from the recommendations of Better Births.
The aim of the MVP is to ensure that the voices of people who have used or are using the maternity services in Somerset are heard.