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Maternity Services

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Caring for around 650 women and their families each year, the Maternity Service is provided by Midwives, GP's and Obstetricians. We are a high quality maternity service for women and their babies, basing our practice on the current available national evidence. Offering women choices around the type of care that they receive and their place of delivery


We understand that the journey to parenthood is incredibly exciting but that it can also be a little bewildering and even daunting at times. We aim to work with you in achieving a memorable and enjoyable pregnancy and birth.Our committed team of Midwives, Obstetricians, Paediatricians and support staff aim to offer each woman and her family individualised care from trained professionals in a caring environment. We encourage you to be involved with your care as much as you wish and would welcome any questions that you have on any aspect of your care..

Midwifery Care is offered from the booking in clinic, at approximately 8 - 10 weeks pregnant and the appropriate schedule of antenatal care is followed which has been devised based on recommendations from NICE. You can see the schedules at the bottom of this page.

The Midwifery Led pathway is suitable for those women who have no serious complications in their pregnancy. Your midwife will discuss this option with you at your booking appointment and providing there is no need for you to be seen by an Obstetrician, your pregnancy, labour and postnatal care can be managed by your midwife.

The Maternity Team Pathway is suitable for women with complex pregnancies or those with existing medical conditions. If you are booked for the Maternity Team Pathway you will receive care from your Midwife, GP and Consultant as required. Your appointment schedule for antenatal care will be discussed with you on an individual basis.

Antenatal Clinics Each of our community midwives runs her own clinic on specific days. Our clinics are run both in the day and during the evening, and it is our hope that we will find a clinic day that suits you and be able to offer you care from the same midwife throughout your pregnancy. As well as our regular clinics, we also have specialist Midwife clinics . The Midwives who run these clinics are able to give mums extra support with issues such as smoking, weight management, drug and alcohol concerns, previous caesarean sections (VBAC clinic), Bereavement and previous difficult births. If you have had a Caesarean section in the past then you will be referred to the Vaginal birth after caesarean section clinic (VBAC clinic) to discuss your options for this labour and birth. We also offer a first trimester screening clinic.

The Community Midwives hold regular clinics in Alderney, every two weeks. This is not a walk in clinic, appointments must be booked in advance. To make an appointment please contact the community midwives on 01481 707682.

If you have any non urgent enquiries or need to rearrange your appointments then please contact the community midwives on 01481 707682 or email communitymw@hssd.gov.gg with your name and query and we will email or call you as appropriate.

A range of parent craft classes are available to provide support and education for expectant parents.  We promote and encourage active, normal birth but have the facilities and expertise to manage both normal and complicated births. More details can be found in the leaflet at the bottom of this page.

We promote and support breastfeeding and have been awarded the full accreditation from UNICEF for the Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI). There is also a dedicated Breast Feeding Advisor available for support during your hospital stay, and who holds breast feeding clinics you can attend for ongoing support.

Smiling pregnant woman Labour & Birth

Throughout your pregnancy you will have a named community midwife who will offer you support and advice both antenataly and following the birth of your baby. Once you have been admitted to Loveridge ward you will receive one to one care during your labour from a highly skilled and appropriately trained midwife. Although we do not have a separate birthing unit on Loveridge ward we offer a Midwifery Led service within our labour ward environment. We understand that each woman has individual needs and requirements in labour and therefore we can adapt our birthing rooms to facilitate the right environment for your birth. This generally enables you to stay in the same birthing environment throughout your labour and birth. There are a variety of options available to provide coping strategies and pain relief for labour. These include TENS machines, water, hypno-birth, pharmacological drugs and an epidural service. We also provide the option of a waterbirth and have a dedicated birthing pool room. Our main labour rooms are spacious and there is equipment available, such as bean bags and birthing balls for you to use.

Home birth, having a planned home birth is a safe alternative to hospital birth for some pregnant women. If you would like to discuss the option of having a home birth then please speak to your midwife.

Postnatal Care

When you leave hospital with your baby, the Community Midwife will visit you at home until the baby is around 10 days old, this is to provide support to you and ensure all is well with both you and your baby. You will then be discharged to the care of the Health Visitor who will continue to do health checks on your baby and advise you on the recommended immunisations.

Your Stay on the Maternity Unit

Loveridge ward is staffed 24 hours a day by Midwives, Health Care Assistants, Maternity Unit assistants and Housekeeping staff. We also have 24 hour cover provided by our Consultant Obstetricians and Paediatricians and regular visits to the ward by women's health physiotherapists and our infant feeding advisor. The ward consists of 3 birthing rooms, a water pool room, a 'big bath' for mums in early labour and a scanning room. We also have a 4 bedded postnatal bay, 3 bedded antenatal bay for mums needing admission during pregnancy, a Day assessment unit and a Transitional care ward for babies requiring extra support following birth. We are situated next door to the special care baby unit providing easy access for any family who's baby needs special care after birth.We also have private on-suite rooms available. If you would like a private room this may be arranged following the birth of your baby. It is not possible to book a room in advance. If you would like a private room please speak to your midwife who will advise of the costs involved. If you have any complications following the birth of your baby then it may not be possible for you to have a private room. You midwife will advise you if necessary.

During labour we suggest that you do not have more than 2 birthing partners at anyone time to avoid you feeling over whelmed. A day room is available for you to use whilst on the ward for you to relax, read or watch TV. Breakfast is served in the day room each morning and your midwife or a member of house keeping will provide you with menus each day from which you can chose your meals. All other meals are served at your bedside. Toast and cereal are available at anytime of the day or night on request as are hot and cold drinks. Our house keeping staff will also offer drinks at regular Intervals throughout the day. We do not have any kitchen facilities for visitors to use but there is a restaurant located on level 2 that is open between 0800 and 1900 for hot meals and snacks.

Visiting the Maternity Unit

The entrance to the maternity unit is security locked at all times and the entrance monitored by CCTV. There are set visiting times which we would ask you to respect, as a member of maternity staff has to let you in and out of the unit. Father of the baby can visit at any time during the day, the only children allowed onto the unit to visit are the brothers or sisters of the baby, this is to reduce the risk of infection. There are also antibacterial hand gel dispensers at the entrance to the unit, we would ask you to use these on entering, again to reduce the risk of infection.

We do not currently have any facilities for friends and family to stay whilst you are on the ward and ask that they respect our visiting hours. We all work very hard to ensure that you and your family receive the best care possible and are entitled to work without fear of aggression or abuse. Antisocial behaviour will not be tolerated under any circumstances and would ask that your family and friends observe this request.

Loveridge Ward visiting times are; 15.30 - 16.30 & 18.30 - 19.30

Loveridge Ward telephone: 01481 725241 ex 4134

Maternity Unit

Loveridge Ward,  Princess Elizabeth Hospital,  Rue Mignot,  St Andrew,  Guernsey,  GY6 8TW,  Channel Islands
Tel: 44 1481 725241 Ext: 4134 Fax: 44 1481 711952

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