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.

Maternity services during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic (updated 19 November 2020)

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. We are pleased to let you know that as from 19 November we are able to further ease restrictions on maternity visiting:

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 centres

– Stay with you during your induction of labour from the time you are admitted until 7pm and/or your transfer to our labour ward when you are in established labour

– Accompany you at your 20 week scan

– Visit you on our antenatal ward (Willow) and our postnatal ward (Fern) between 2pm and 7pm.

If you are giving birth at our Bracken Birthing Centre at Musgrove Park Hospital or our Mary Stanley Birthing Centre at Bridgwater Hospital you may have two nominated partners present in the pool rooms only.

Unfortunately we are still unable to support anyone accompanying you to our antenatal clinic and for all other scans, due to social distancing restrictions.

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.