"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
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
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."
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 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.
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