Congratulations on your pregnancy.

Pregnancy is an exciting time,  to achieve the best possible experience for you and your family please read the information in the links below.

Top Tip…. Please and follow the link to the Somerset Maternity Tool kit which gives you national and local information on your pregnancy and beyond.

If you are pregnant and need to book a first appointment with the midwives, please complete the self referral form found HERE 

Important update during Coronavirus Pandemic.

We are offering Webex antenatal classes.

To find out more please join Yeovil Hospital Maternity Unit on Facebook.


Important update during Coronavirus Pandemic.

We have temporarily suspended the Aquanatal Classes





Day Care Assessment Unit (DCAU) are a small team of dedicated midwives that run the daily outpatient clinic. The midwives work alongside our obstetric colleagues to provide care for women who need extra monitoring after 20 weeks of their pregnancy. DCAU is open every day of the week from 09.00-1900 weekdays and on weekends at 09.00 -15.00. DCAU have booked appointment slots for women needing monitoring for pregnancy specific conditions such as:

  • Reduced fetal movements
  • Obstetric cholestasis
  • Rupture of membranes (waters breaking)
  • Raised blood pressure
  • Review of ultrasound scans
  • Anti D administration
  • Ferinject infusions for low iron levels

You may be referred for a DCAU appointment by your community midwife, from antenatal clinic or if you call the labour ward with concerns. The assessment and monitoring in DCAU may involve observations, monitoring the baby’s heart rate, blood tests or emergency scans if necessary. Each treatment and plan of care will be discussed fully with you at your appointment. DCAU can be busy at times so please be patient if it takes a while to ensure you receive the best care, there may be times when our doctors are called to attend emergencies elsewhere which may delay your visit. If you are concerned about you and/or your baby please contact labour ward in the first instance on 01935 384350 and you will be guided on what to do next.

For any admission or appointment please make sure you bring your handheld pregnancy notes with you to enable us to give you the best and most accurate care possible.

DCAU Contact: 01935 383127


Ultrasound scans

Important update during Coronavirus Pandemic.

We have been able to reduce some restrictions that mean women attending their 12 and 20 week scans can be accompanied by one person. Please don’t enter the building more than 5 minutes before your appointment and a face covering must be worn at all times, there are some available for you to use as you enter the women’s hospital.  For additional scans, we suggest you arrive with your partner, who can wait outside/in the car for you which would mean that, for the small number of women who unfortunately receive sad news, we can call your partner and hey can be with you quickly.   

All women booked at Yeovil Hospital are offered two routine ultrasound scans in pregnancy, these are usually held in the first trimester between 11-14 weeks and then again in the second trimester at 20 weeks, and performed by our team of sonographers based on the ground floor of the women’s hospital. The first trimester ultrasound scan will be able to confirm your pregnancy dates, give you an accurate due date and also check on the health of your growing baby and placenta. At your booking appointment, your midwife will discuss with you the scan choices available and if you wish to have combined risk screening for genetic conditions such as Down’s, Edward’s and Patau’s Syndromes. For more information on pregnancy screening and the choices available to you please speak to your midwife or our antenatal screening midwife Natalie Phipps. You may also find information in the screening booklet provided in your booking pack, alternatively information can be found online here. At 20 weeks, the second scan provides an opportunity to fully see your baby, this is otherwise known as the mid pregnancy or anomaly scan. This scan takes a detailed look at your baby’s bones, internal organs, brain, spinal cord and abdomen to check that your baby is developing normally. It is important to note that ultrasound scans are medical examinations but are limited and cannot always detect every abnormality. At 20 weeks it may also be possible to find out the sex of your baby if you choose, however this is dependent on whether your baby is lying in the right position! Unfortunately, if the sonographer is unable to determine the baby’s sex on the day you will not be offered a further medical scan.

First trimester Screening

This information gives you details about screening tests for Down’s Syndrome (Trisomy 21), Edwards’ Syndrome (Trisomy 18) and Patau’s Syndrome (Trisomy 13). These are offered between 11-14 weeks of your pregnancy.

This information aims to help you to make an informed choice regarding your screening options. Please read the following prior to attending the First Trimester. Screening Clinic and bring your hand held pregnancy notes with you to the appointment. Click here for more information.


4D baby scans 

Why choose a baby bonding scan?

Important update during Coronavirus Pandemic. 4D scans have been temporarily suspended.

We appreciate how difficult it can be to get everyone together so Yeovil Hospital offer an affordable out of hours baby bonding scan service.

This established service does not replace your dating and anomaly scans arranged by your midwife. It is important for you and your baby’s welfare that you attend all your normal routine antenatal appointments with your health care team.

It does however offer you the opportunity to purchase a baby bonding scan at a time more convenient for family and friends to join you, if you wish, to  provide you with an extra ‘look’ at your baby.

With state of the art modern equipment we scan in 3D (a static colour image) or in 4D (a moving colour image– the fourth dimension being time). The clarity of the scan is completely dependant upon the position of your baby/placenta, how much fluid is around your baby, and maternal size. The best time to have this scan is between 26 and 30 weeks.

Please note we can not guarantee to achieve clear 3/4D images on everyone.

During the 20 minute scan you can enjoy seeing your baby, maybe it will be yawning or sucking its thumb.

Due to the size of the room, we request that you do not bring more than four people with you. Children are welcome to attend this scan.

All scans are performed by our highly qualified and experienced obstetric sonographers at the convenient location of Yeovil Womens Hospital on the ground floor in the maternity ultrasound department.

We are able to provide you with eight thermal prints of your baby and a USB stick of images ( including coloured 3/4D) acquired.

When to book?

We suggest you have your NHS scans in the first instance before booking a bonding scan. However, if you cannot wait that long please note this service does not replace your screening scans.

Scan Cost

Baby Bonding scans cost £80 for a 20 minute scan (price correct from January 2021).

How to book an appointment?

Please telephone: 01935 384907 or 01935 384576 Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Debit/credit card payment is required before you attend your scan. Please phone the Ultrasound Office on 01935 384508 Monday to Friday between 9am and 12pm to make this payment.

If you do not have a credit/debit card payment can be made at the hospital General Office by cash or cheque.

Please note, payment cannot be taken by the sonographer on the evening. Please pay in advance. If payment has not been received three working days prior to your scan appointment, we reserve the right to cancel your appointment.

Important information

Baby Bonding Scans at Yeovil are not undertaken as fetal abnormality checks.

This service has been chosen by you, voluntarily and in addition to your NHS routine scans.

If, however, we suspect that there might  be a problem, we will explain in as much detail as possible.

With your consent, we will contact your Consultant team or midwife responsible for your care, and a full complete report will be sent to your health professionals.

Please note: This will be done on the next working day as we are unable to contact people out of hours.

How clear will my scan be?

The quality and detail of any scan can be affected by many things including the position of your baby, the amount of fluid around your baby, position of umbilical cord/placenta, stage of pregnancy and maternal size– all beyond our control.

If the sound has to pass through an increased amount of maternal body tissue (skin, fat and muscle) the pictures may not be as clear.

Baby bonding at Yeovil our aim!

Ultimately, we hope you find your Baby Bonding Scan at Yeovil Womens Hospital a reassuring and enjoyable experience.

For further information

Should you wish to discuss this service with a sonographer prior to booking please contact : Andrea Gane or Luis Aparicio on 01935 384508 or email

Ref: 14-19-103
Review: 07/21



Eating well during pregnancy and beyond is extremely important to yours and your baby’s health. Please see our drop-down guides below for some advice from our maternity and dietetic teams.

Click here for more advice.

Please watch our virtual tour of the Women’s hospital .


Who will be involved in my care?

The majority of women experience straight forward pregnancies and birth.  If you have any concerns about what may happen during this time, you will be able to discuss these and any choices with your midwife or doctor during any stage of your pregnancy.

At the beginning of your pregnancy your midwife with discuss with you your medical and previous pregnancy history.

Your midwife will discuss the following options with you and support you in your choice of care.

Midwife Led Care

If you are physically well and healthy and the likelihood of you or your baby developing problems in pregnancy is low, then we recommend that you are cared for by a midwife. You can chose whether you would like to give birth at home or in the Midwife Led Unit. The midwife will be your first point of contact for information and support for all your pregnancy and birth needs. Your routine antenatal checks will be held by your team of midwives in the community.

If you or your baby develop problems during your pregnancy you midwife will refer you for a consultant opinion.

Consultant Led Care

If you have had previous pregnancy or birth complications, or are at increased risk of developing problems in this pregnancy, we would recommend your care is led by the Obstetricians (Doctors) based at Women’s Hospital. Depending on the needs of you and your baby  your antenatal appointments will be shared between your obstetrician and your midwife. You will see your obstetrician regularly in the antenatal clinic at the hospital,  and will see your  midwife in the community too. The Antenatal clinic at the hospital run regular specialist clinics that you may be invited depending on your complications such as the Diabetic Clinic, the Pre – Assessment clinic, the Vaginal Birth after Caesarean Section (VBAC) clinic.


Choosing where to have your baby – at home, in the alongside midwife led unit or labour ward.

We aim to provide you with unbiased information about the choices available to you to help you decide on the place of your baby’s birth. You can decide on where you would like to have your baby at any point during your pregnancy. Our support for your choice is based on clinical assessment during pregnancy and labour which may change depending on you and your baby’s needs.


NHS Birth choices leaflet







Yeovil hospital is a smoke free site and the midwives work in partnership with StopSmoke services in the south. We have a specialist StopSmoke midwife who can provide support in cutting down and quitting smoking during pregnancy. You may ask your midwife to be referred to StopSmoke services at any point in your pregnancy.

More information

Stop smoking before your caesarean Stop smoking for mums to be For more information click here For help quitting click here 

Important update during Coronavirus Pandemic.

We have temporarily stopped the hire of our TENS Machines.