All women wishing to have their baby at Yeovil Hospital are required to be booked with the midwives. The first booking appointment can be booked from the sixth week of pregnancy and usually takes place between eight to nine weeks gestation.
If you are pregnant and need to book a first appointment with the midwives, please complete the self referral form found HERE
When attending a midwife booking appointment at the hospital you will be asked to bring the booking pack available from your GP, this contains your maternity handheld notes which will hold all the details about your pregnancy. Please collect this prior to your appointment as it is helpful if you have filled out as much of these as possible prior to attending. The booking pack also provides additional information about pregnancy, screening and services available at Yeovil.
The booking appointment can last between one to two hours depending on your previous obstetric and personal history. This is to ensure that midwives are able to plan and provide the best care for your pregnancy. Partners and family are welcome to attend the appointment, we will be able to discuss with you any questions or concerns about pregnancy, book scans and screening tests, and outline when and where you need to attend appointments in your pregnancy.
We are also able to book antenatal care for women who live within our catchment area of East Somerset and North Dorset, but who would like to have their baby at surrounding maternity units such as Dorchester, Taunton or Salisbury.
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.
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, SallyAnne Batstone, 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.
Antenatal classes run by midwives at Yeovil district hospital help prepare you for pregnancy, birth and beyond… Topics included on the day: · Coping with labour · Relaxation and breathing techniques · Birth options · Role of the birthing partner · Care of your newborn baby · Infant Feeding Classes are available to women over 28 weeks of pregnancy, you can book classes by logging onto https://www.eventbrite.co.uk and search for Yeovil Hospital Antenatal Preparation for Birth Workshop. You will be asked to give your name, due date, team and contact number when booking. Classes run from 9.45am to 4pm in The Academy located on Level 4 of the main hospital building
Yeovil Maternity offers hire of TEN’s Machines, this stands for transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. Electrodes are placed on your lower back and are controlled by a battery-powered stimulator. TENS work by stimulating the body to create more endorphins which are natural pain relievers and also helps reduce the pain signals to the brain by the spinal cord. TENS machines are most effective in the early stages of labour so are most useful at home. We have five TENS machines which can be hired and we aim for you to have it with you from 37 weeks of pregnancy and then return to us after you’ve had your baby. If this is something you would like to consider please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively asks your midwife to leave a message and we can contact you.
These classes are help every Sunday 17:00 – 17:45 at Goldenstones, Yeovil. There is the opportunity to chat with the class and instructor afterwards over a drink and biscuits. A fun and comfortable way to exercise and meet other expectant mum’s. Great for peer support.
Women can attend Aquanatal following on from their dating scan and up until the birth of their baby.
To book onto these classes please phone Goldenstones direct 01935 845888
The hospital tour takes place every Sunday at 2pm and can be booked at any time in your pregnancy. The tour starts from the antenatal clinic in the main reception of the ground floor so please take a seat and a member of staff will collect the group. Please contact Freya Ward on 01935 384 303 to book your place. The tour will give you and your partner an opportunity to see the maternity unit before you arrive in labour to help put your mind at ease. The tour will cover both labour ward and Freya ward, you should have the chance to see one of our labour rooms however please be aware that occasionally labour ward may be busy and rooms unavailable to view.
Day Care Assessment Unit (DCAU) are a small team of 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 and on weekends at 08.30-15.00. 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
- Ferrinject 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. The waiting area for DCAU is small but you are welcome to bring a partner with you, please make sure you bring your handheld pregnancy notes to each appointment. DCAU Contact: 01935 383 127
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