Maternity Services

maternity services

Your pregnancy

"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

Tailored care
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.

Choice
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:

  • A choice of how to access maternity care
  • A choice of the type of antenatal care you receive
  • A choice of where you have your baby depending on the circumstances
  • A choice of where you receive your postnatal care.

Breast feeding
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 at www.babyfriendly.org.uk 

Safety
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.

Security
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.

Last update 19 March 2013