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Maternity

Having a baby is such a special time in your life and we want you to have the best possible experience. We’re here to offer you lots of support throughout pregnancy, during birth and after the birth of your baby.

You can find lots of information below about our birthing centre at The Northumbria hospital, as well as our midwifery-led units and all the ante-natal and post-natal care that we offer.

Maternity care during the coronavirus outbreak

Safety is our top priority and due to the current situation we have had to make some changes to our service in order to protect our patients and our staff.

This page gives information and we have set up a COVID maternity helpline on 07823 907484 for pregnant women who are booked to deliver with us. The line is open 9am-4pm Monday to Friday and we will answer questions relating to pregnancy, care and visiting. For clinical advice, women should continue to contact the hospital where they are due to deliver.

For further information around COVID screening during pregnancy, please see the FAQ page here.

If you’ve chosen to have your baby with us in hospital, watch our video to familiarise yourself with our department at The Northumbria hospital, and what will happen upon your arrival.


Screening tests offered during and after pregnancy

Screening tests are used to find people at higher chance of a health condition. Whether or not to have each test is a personal choice that only the individual invited for screening can make.

We offer all pregnant women screening tests during pregnancy to look for certain health conditions that could affect them or their baby.

Screening tests are also offered for babies soon after they are born so they can be given appropriate treatment as quickly as possible if needed.

Watch a video showing the screening tests available during pregnancy and for newborn babies.

Read the screening tests for you and your baby leaflet before your midwife booking appointment to find out much more about the screening tests offered during and after pregnancy. This information is also available in other languages and easy guides.

If you need one, you can pick up a printed copy of this leaflet at your booking appointment.


Birth Reflection Service

Sometimes following a birth it is helpful to talk through your experience. If you’ve had your baby with us, you can spend time talking to a midwife through our birth reflection service.

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Contacts


Patient support groups

Tamba (Twins) 01483 304442
www.tamba.org.uk

National Breast Feeding Helpline 0300 100 0212

Newcastle Women’s Aid 0191 2752148

North Tyneside Woman’s Aid 0191 2513305/ Out of hours 07946 753638

Sexual Health (One to One centre) 0191 2970441

Parentline Plus 24 hour parent advice line 0808 800222
www.parentlineplus.org.uk


Useful links

NHS Direct

NHS Choices Pregnancy Care Planner

UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative

National Childbirth Trust

Dad Info

Vitamins, minerals and supplements during pregnancy


Online Consultation

Where appropriate you may be asked to attend a consultation online via a video call.

Rather than travelling to your appointment, you go into the clinic’s online ‘waiting area’. We will be notified when you arrive and your clinician will join you when ready

You don’t need to set up an account and no information you enter is stored.

If you have been given an online appointment please click on the following link to start the consultation at your appointment time – online consultation

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