Maternity Services

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Welcome to maternity services at The James Cook University Hospital and the Friarage Maternity Centre

Becoming a parent is an amazing and exciting experience and our dedicated purpose is to provide you with highest standard of maternity support and care.

We offer a range of maternity care services in hospital, community and home settings during your important transition to family life. Please click on the links to the left to learn more about the services we offer. Below you can find our latest news.

COVID vaccinations during pregnancy Q&A

Mums-to-be are being invited to submit their questions about the COVID vaccine during pregnancy ahead of a live Q&A session.

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s clinical director for obstetrics, Deepika Meneni, and director of midwifery, Heather Gallagher, will be taking over the trust’s maternity Facebook page on Monday 2 August from 12 noon.

If you have any questions you can submit them ahead of the session on the South Tees Midwives Health and Wellbeing Facebook Page or you can ask them on the day via the Facebook live chat

Scan appointments – Important changes from 16 April

To keep our patients and staff safe we have carried out a further risk assessment and reviewed partner attendance in maternity services.

We are pleased to announce that partners can now attend all ultrasound scans and appointments at The James Cook University Hospital and the Friarage Hospital from Friday 16 April 2021.

Partners must be from the same household bubble and be free of COVID-19 symptoms. Partners attending will need to wait either in their vehicles or socially distanced outside of the hospital until they are called. They will be required to wear a surgical mask.

COVID-19 testing for birth partners

From Tuesday 5 January 2021 you will be offered a test for COVID-19 if you are coming into hospital to support someone who is giving birth. You can view more information by clicking the link below:

Can my partner attend in labour?

Yes – We are pleased to invite partners to attend with patients in spontaneous labour. Partners will be able to attend the maternity assessment unit and the central delivery suite. Partners are required to wear a surgical mask and are asked not to leave the unit once inside to reduce infection risk. Partners must be from the same household bubble and be free of COVID-19 symptoms.

Coronavirus – service updates

Our Maternity Service Update aims to provide you with updated information on service changes due to the coronovirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Information is changing on a daily basis from the Government, Public Health England and other sources. Our maternity service will post updated information here on a regular basis.  All the changes are in place to keep you, your families and the staff working for the NHS as safe as possible.

Maternity Services Update – issue 11 – 21 January 2022

Maternity Services Update – issue 10 – 23 April 2021

Maternity Services Update – issue 9 – 28 January 2021

Maternity Services Update – issue 8 – 22 December 2020

Maternity Services Update – issue 7 – 5 November 2020

Maternity Services Update – issue 6 – 23 September 2020

Maternity Services Update – issue 5 –  29 June 2020 

Maternity Services Update – issue 4 – 4 May 2020 

Maternity Services Update – issue 3 – 22 April 2020 

Maternity Services Update – issue 2 – 9 April 2020

Maternity Services Update – Issue 1 – 31 March 2020

Maternity services are open for all women

We have extra precautions in place with social distancing measures and staff wearing personal protective clothing (PPE) masks, gloves and aprons to protect your health and wellbeing.

Women from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds are at increased risk during the pandemic, and we want to ensure you that it is safe to attend for your antenatal appointments either at your GP practice, maternity hub and at the hospital.

We are working hard to help protect expectant mothers from BAME communities during the coronavirus pandemic. The Local Maternity System (LMS) has partnered with the Regional Refugee Forum North East to create a series of films sharing important health messages for pregnant women. You can view them by clicking the link below:

If you require any further information on your antenatal community appointments or wish to make a booking appointment please ring the community office on:

  • Middlesbrough/Redcar and Cleveland – 01642 854880
  • North Yorkshire – 01609 763082

For any other information or advice please ring the maternity advice line on 01609 763093.

Maternity services 24 hour advice line

The advice line is experiencing a high call volume at present, your call may be diverted to an answer machine. Please do not leave a message. Please ring us back, your call is important. We will do everything we can to assist you. Thank you.

Useful resources

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The Care Quality Commission (CQC) uses national surveys to find out about the experiences of people who receive care and treatment.

During the summer of 2019, a questionnaire was sent to all women who gave birth in February (and January 2019 at smaller trusts).

Responses were received from 139 patients at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

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Although we are aware that you will want to take lots of videos of your new born baby, we would ask that if you want to take any videos with staff involved that you ask their permission first. Please also ensure that you do not film any other patients.

Packing your bag for hospital

To maintain a safe and spacious environment whilst you are in hospital please only bring what you require for you and your baby. Items such as push chairs and car seats should remain at home until you are discharged.

Please can you bring hats, cardigans and blankets for your baby in your hospital bag as babies can struggle to keep their temperatures stable in the first few days of life.

Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond Classes

Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond Classes, provide you and your partner with advice and education pregnancy and birth, life with a baby and parenting skills. Your Health Visitor will invite you to one of these courses. Please see our section on Antenatal Education

South Tees maternity is a NO SMOKING site

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All mums-to-be are offered support to quit during pregnancy but we know there is still a problem with smoking near our maternity units!

To help our mums-to-be and new mums to kick the habit we will now also be offering Nicotine Replacement Therapy on antenatal and postnatal wards.

Parents and visitors please come to our maternity units with the expectation that we are a no smoking site!

Related services

You may also be interested in these related services from South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: