"Congratulations if you have just found out you're pregnant.
Every woman's birth experience is important to us. We provide high
quality, tailored care which is centred around your individual
needs to ensure you have a positive experience of one of the most
rewarding life events."
Christina Rattigan, Head of Midwifery
Our friendly teams work in partnership with you to
develop a flexible plan of care to ensure you have the services and
support you need throughout your pregnancy. We want to make sure
you receive the maternity health care that takes into account all
of your health needs and preferences. As soon as you know you are
pregnant, it is important to get in touch with a Midwife or your GP
to organise your antenatal care.
We are one of the largest providers of Maternity care in the
country and deliver over 9,000 babies every year in Swindon,
Wiltshire, Bath and parts of North East Somerset. You can
choose a delivery that suits your circumstances either at home, in
a Birth Centre or in Hospital under Midwife or obstetric led care
with access to a Neonatal Unit.
We are committed to providing you with choice:
We provide positive support and encouragement for mothers who
would like to breastfeed and we are committed to UNICEF's (United
Nations Children's Fund) Baby Friendly Initiative to support
breastfeeding. The UNICEF/Baby Friendly standards are a proven way
of increasing breastfeeding rates. Baby Friendly supports both
health professionals and mothers to continue their chosen method of
feeding for as long as they wish. More information is available
Our Maternity Services have been assessed by the Care Quality
Commission 2009 as having high standards of antenatal care and
safety which means we work to ensure you receive the safest level
of care at all times. As a Trust, we pride ourselves on having
really tough infection control procedures which has helped reduce
MRSA by 75% over the past five years.
Ensuring that your baby is safe and secure is extremely important
to us and we operate an intercom system to allow access to all our
units as well as an electronic tagging system for
babies (born in the Delivery Suite at Great Western
Hospital) for your peace of mind.