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Your pregnancy journey is an important and exciting experience and we would like to ensure that your maternity care and support is right for you. Shepherds Hospitals we offer a wide range of choices and services in hospital, community and home settings.

What care will I receive?

During your pregnancy we provide antenatal care at Shepherds Hospitals. At these antenatal visits you will have blood tests, measurements and scans to make sure that you and your baby
are well. We also provide specialist care for babies who need it and for women with conditions that make their pregnancy more problematic. We are proud to have an expert staff and a wide range of specialist teams – meaning that we can provide care that other hospitals may not be able to offer. Once your baby is born, you will be cared for by a team of midwives, support workers and doctors who will help with parenting and feeding. Whether you have your baby at home or in one of our unit, we will give you and your baby the best possible start

How can I choose Shepherds ?

If you would like us to care for you when you are having your baby, you can choose to do this by completing our pregnancy self-referral form online or visiting any one of our branches.
For the best care for you and your baby, we encourage you to visit as soon as possible so you can see a midwife and have your early screening tests. If you have underlying medical conditions we have a large team of experts at hand to look after
you.

Care during pregnancy

Antenatal Care

Antenatal care is the care provided by health professionals during your pregnancy. This is usually provided by a nurse and the clinic generally takes place in your local Shepherds’ Center. You may also be offered appointments with an obstetrician (a doctor who specializes in pregnancy and birth), or one of the specialist midwifery teams based at Shepherd’s Hospital

Your appointments and visits

Your first ‘booking’ visit will take approximately one hour: the midwife will ask questions about your health, your family’s health, and your preferences for this pregnancy. With your permission, the midwife will record your height, weight and blood pressure, and will ask for a urine sample. You will be offered a full range of blood tests including:

  • your blood group, iron level (haemoglobin) and rhesus status
  • tests for HIV, hepatitis and haemoglobinopathies (eg sickle cell disease)

You will also be offered antenatal ultrasound scans when you are approximately 12 weeks’ and 20 weeks’ pregnant.

If this is your first baby, you will usually be invited to at least 10 antenatal visits during your pregnancy. If you have had a baby before, you will usually be offered seven antenatal visits. We strongly advise you to attend every appointment, so that we can check that you and your baby are well. At each appointment we will test your urine and check your blood pressure, and we will always ask you about your baby’s movements from 24 weeks’ on wards.

Our Hospital Birth Centre is led by a team of obstetricians and includes midwives, maternity support workers, anesthetists, neonatologists and specialist theater staff. Other clinical specialists and allied health professionals such as physiotherapists and pharmacists also visit the birth center as needed.

Care during labour

About the hospital birth centre

Our Hospital Birth Centre is led by a team of doctors, obstetricians and includes midwives, maternity support workers, anaesthetists, neonatologists and specialist theatre staff. Other clinical specialists and allied health professionals such as physiotherapists and pharmacists also visit the birth centre as needed.

  • Our center consists of: a two-bed ‘induction of labor’ suite
  • Private labor and en-suite delivery rooms
  • a three-bed ‘recovery’ room for care following a cesarean or other surgical birth
  • a three-bed acute care unit
  • Dedicated obstetric theatres

Care after your baby is born

Now that your baby has arrived we want you to have a great start to becoming a parent and building a relationship with your baby

After The Birth

If you have your baby in the birth centre and everything is straightforward, you will stay in the same room until you go home. This is normally between six and 12 hours post delivery. Before you go home you and your baby will be health checked and our midwives will support you with feeding your baby.

On the Postnatal Ward

If you have a complicated delivery and need closer observation, you may need to stay longer for more care in the post natal ward. While you are on the ward you will be cared for by a team of midwives, support workers and doctors. Unless you or your baby have additional needs, you will normally be ready to go home
within two days. Read more about your stay on the Postnatal Ward.

Postnatal Care

Postnatal care is the care given to the mother and her new-born baby immediately after the birth and for the first six weeks of life. Moreover, Postnatal care is about recognizing any deviation from expected recovery after birth, and evaluating and intervening appropriately in a timely fashion.

Caring for your newborn

Skin to skin contact between you and your baby as soon as possible after birth is a lovely way to welcome your baby. It helps to keep them warm and calm them after they have been born. It also tends to tempt them into breastfeeding. Continuing to have skin to skin contact in the days and weeks after birth is a really good way to reassure and comfort your baby

Feeding your baby

If you are breast or formula feeding it is important that you know possible feeding cues such as mouth movements, restlessness, sucking their hands and turning in towards your breasts. Most babies will show you their feeding cues before they start to cry. It is often easier to feed your baby when they show these early feeding cues

Special care

Babies who require extra care but are not in intensive care, will be cared for on our Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU).

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