Important Coronavirus update.
For the safety of you and your baby, as well as our staff, we welcome one partner to support you when you are in active labour but we have to limit the number of people entering the hospital at this time. There are a few exceptional circumstances but this must be agreed with the Maternity team prior to your appointment time.
We are very proud of the fact that our midwives prioritise providing one-to-one care in labour to enable a positive birth experience. We aim to provide a relaxed and safe space for labour to ensure women experience child birth as naturally as possible in the way that they choose.
Please feel free to bring anything you may find to provide comfort when in labour such as music, snacks or pillows. We can provide light refreshments, birthing balls and mats in labour to encourage mobilisation and comfort in the room.
We offer use of a large birthing pool in our Waterlily room on labour ward for low risk women wishing to use the water as a form of pain relief in labour or to birth their baby. The refurbished waterlily room also offers an ensuite bathroom, birthing couch and sofa.
You may bring two birth partners to the labour ward however please be aware that for the privacy of women who are in labouring visiting is not permitted on labour ward.
Following birth women are then either admitted to Freya ward for continuing postnatal and breastfeeding support or if there are no complications may be discharged home straight from labour ward. Please feel free to discuss your choice with your midwife.
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Vaginal Birth After Caesarean Section.
We have a newly appointed ‘Meadow Team’ made up of midwives who specialise and are passionate about homebirth and are pleased to support low risk women who choose to have their baby at home and live in the Yeovil catchment area.
The Meadow team will provide all of your antenatal care, you will receive some visits at home but also have the opportunity to meet other couples planning to have their babies at home in the antenatal period. The midwives will then be on call for your labour from 37 weeks ready to care for you when labour starts, day or night!
There are many reasons to consider a homebirth including being more relaxed, freedom of movement, needing less pain relief and having continual support from your midwife and birth partners… all of which make for a shorter labour!
For women having a normal pregnancy a planned home birth results in a greater chance of a normal vaginal birth and significantly reduces the rates of intervention in labour. In normal first pregnancies there is a small increase in the risk of complications for your baby if you have a home birth compared to giving birth in hospital (9 events per 1000 compared with 5 per 1000).
For women having a second or subsequent normal pregnancy home birth is particularly suitable as complications for the baby are no different compared with birth in the hospital.
If you are considering a homebirth or if this is something you would like to explore further please inform your midwife who can refer you to the Meadow Team or alternatively you may refer yourself to the team by emailing email@example.com
Please feel free to contact the homebirth team anytime, even if you’re unsure and just want to chat about what’s on offer.
Theatre / Electives
The Maternity theatre is located on labour ward and allows staff to deliver emergency and elective care for women if necessary.
Each Tuesday and Thursday we run a caesarean section list where we deliver our planned caesarean section babies, for women requiring an elective caesarean section all cases must be discussed with an obstetric consultant during the antenatal period.
The minimum length of stay following operative delivery for recovery is two days following an emergency caesarean or for those having an elective procedure may be enrolled on our Enhanced Recovery Programme and may be discharged the following day.
We strongly urge that if you are a smoker you “Stop Before The Op” as smoking increases recovery time, increases risk of infection and increases the likelihood of complications during the operation. Please refer to Smokefree Somerset further details.
Important Coronavirus update.
We have temporarily suspended our Meadow Meet, we are working on a virtual meeting.
On the first Wednesday evening of every month, we hold an informal, sociable Meadow Meet at the Community Hub, 80 Great Mead, Wyndham Park, Yeovil BA21 5BP. All five Meadow Team midwives will be there, so it’s a great opportunity to meet us all – then when your labour starts you will know the midwife who comes to look after you. If you haven’t yet made up your mind about where to have your baby, you can ask the midwives any questions you have about home birth, and meet other mums and dads who are planning on having their babies at home or have had their baby at home. Meadow Meets will be happening on the following Wednesdays from 7pm to 9pm: 7 March 4 April 2 May 6 June 4 July 5 September 3 October 7 November 5 December Please note there is no Meadow Meet in August.
Important Coronavirus update.
Meadow Team Birth pool hiring service has been suspended.
Meadow Team has a number of birth pools available to hire if you are planning a homebirth. We have two different sizes, regular and mini. We aim for you to have the pool available from 37 weeks of pregnancy until you have your baby. If this is something you are considering please ask your midwife for information or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Our new Meadow Suite midwifery led unit (MLU) is run by the community midwifery team. It aims to promote natural birth for women with low risk pregnancies, who are being cared for solely by a midwife during their pregnancy. Excitingly, new mums will also be able to take their baby home soon after the birth, and have the support of our infant feeding team in their own home, avoiding being admitted to the ward unnecessarily.
The Meadow Suite has a focus on minimal intervention and supports those women who have had a straight forward pregnancy to give birth naturally, using relaxation techniques, water in the birthing pool, tens and Entonox (gas and air). Around one third of women who give birth at Yeovil Hospital would be suitable to choose the MLU as the place to birth their baby.
The self-contained unit is located on the third floor of the Woman’s Hospital in Yeovil, across the corridor from Labour Ward. It offers a large, homely birthing room with space to move around, comfy chairs, drinks making facilities, TV, music player and an ensuite bathroom. Meadow Suite also proudly offers the option of using our birthing pool room.
Your midwife will make a careful assessment and if you are low risk of complications she will offer you the choice of having your baby in the Meadow Suite.
If you are booked to have your baby in the Meadow Suite (midwife led unit) then please call 01935 386398 when in labour.