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

Our Philosophy of Midwifery Care

"The philosophy of midwifery care is to ensure as far as possible, the health, and well being of the parents and their baby during antenatal, intanatal and postnatal period by being sensitive to the physical and emotional needs and rights of the whole family.

The Midwife by having a flexible and sensitive approach to the individual's needs and wishes, will endeavour to provide a pleasant environment to ensure privacy, reduce stress and anxiety, and encourage and promote and sense of responsibility."

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.

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.

Community maternity services in Bath and Wiltshire

From 1 June 2014 maternity services at the Royal United Hospital's Princess Anne Wing in Bath and community maternity services in Chippenham, Trowbridge, Frome, Shepton Mallet and Paulton will be provided by the  Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust, after being provided by Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust since 2011.

Over the last three years the number of qualified and experienced midwives has increased and the Princess Anne Wing has been refurbished, providing a more modern and comfortable environment for women and their families. These improvements are reflected in positive feedback from local women.

For information on these services please contact the  Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust

Last update 30 May 2014