Yeovil Maternity Service serves the population of East Somerset and North Dorset and is based at Yeovil Hospital. If you choose to come to YDH to have your baby you will be cared for by a friendly, experienced team of midwives who, together with their obstetric and paediatric colleagues, strive to achieve excellent outcomes for mothers and babies.

Women can choose to have their babies at home, in the maternity led unit or in the obstetric unit.

We are passionate about the quality of care we provide, focusing on your needs throughout every stage of your pregnancy journey.

For women choosing us to care for them during pregnancy, birth and beyond, we aim to provide high quality maternity care with a personal approach. We are very proud of the fact that our midwives prioritise providing one to one care in labour to support women and their partners through this life changing event. Through giving women the confidence to give birth naturally we find that many are able to avoid prolonged or difficult labours.

We equally strive to ensure that women with risk factors are fully supported throughout their pregnancies and receive an excellent standard of high risk care in labour with close monitoring from our consultant obstetricians and their teams.

We are proud to work closely with our local Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP). Somerset MVP  is chaired by Donna Butland and is an independent forum for women and families to share their experiences and feedback with maternity services in Somerset. We work together to implement the Better Births plan within our Trust and across Somerset. For more information on Somerset MVP click here

For those with access to Facebook, the maternity team runs a page with up-to-date information about clinics, contact numbers and much more, including the launch of our monthly Facebook Live session with our midwives. The sessions are on a variety of topics and get saved on the page so they can be watched again at any time. For our Facebook page, click here


Maternity arrangements during the coronavirus pandemic

Updated Monday, 12 April

From Monday 12 April, women attending face-to-face maternity appointments within the hospital can be accompanied by one supporting partner, including for all scans.

We ask that you help us to do this safely by using the hand gel stations, wearing a hospital-supplied mask on entry over your mouth and nose and socially distancing from others.

In order to protect other patients and our staff we are unable to allow children (including siblings) into the Hospital.

Where appropriate, we will continue to provide virtual appointments over the phone of via video call.

Do not attend if you or someone in your household has any of the COVID-19 symptoms.

We would also strongly advise you take up the opportunity of free, regular COVID-19 lateral flow tests. You can order these online here https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests and this will give you added peace of mind while keeping our staff and other pregnant women using our services safe.

 

Labour Ward: Our current guidance means that your one nominated support partner is welcome to accompany you on admission to the Labour ward.

Freya Ward: Visiting on Freya Ward is between 12 noon and 8pm, for one named support partner only. Please ensure you are wearing a hospital-provided, single-use face mask.

SCBU: Both parents may visit at the same time. Please ensure you are wearing a hospital-provided ,single-use face mask

 

Do NOT visit the hospital if you are feeling unwell – this includes symptoms of the coronavirus or for 48 hours after sickness. If you are in labour or are concerned about your pregnancy but have any COVID-19 symptoms – temperature 38 degrees C or above, continuous cough, loss of taste/smell, please notify the staff when you call the labour ward.

Please refer to Yeovil Hospital Maternity Unit Facebook page for up-to-date local information or speak to your midwife. For general advice on the coronavirus, please follow Government advice on Gov.uk or nhs.uk

Please follow the links to the latest information Leaflets from NHS England around Coronavirus.

Coronavirus: Looking after yourself and your baby in pregnancy

Coronavirus: Lateral flow testing for pregnant women and their support person

Coronavirus: Planning your birth

Coronavirus: Parent information for newborn babies

 

 

 

 

 

What mum says…

Fantastic care provided – staff were very helpful and went out of their way to help me provide the best care for my baby whilst also meeting both our health needs to a high standard.”

About the maternity department

Ground floor

The ground floor of the Women’s Hospital contains the main reception area, antenatal clinic and scan department. Antenatal clinics, booking appointments and midwives drop in services run from the ground floor and operate daily.

The ground floor of the women’s hospital has a private room with space for those wishing to breastfeed whilst waiting for appointments who require the privacy to do so. Baby change facilities are available within the disabled toilet opposite the main waiting area.

Refreshments are available via two vending machines in the main waiting area, the vending machines contain fresh food such as sandwiches cold drinks and a variety of snacks.

 

First Floor

Jasmine is a ward situated in the Women’s Hospital on the first floor, specialising in gynaecology. Staff care for ladies undergoing elective gynaecological surgery and run specialist Colposcopy, Fast Track, Menorrhagia and Gynaecology Minor Procedure clinics

Jasmine ward also provides care for women experiencing problems in early pregnancy, up to 20 weeks’ gestation. Early Pregnancy Assessment Clinic (EPAC) and Emergency Gynaecology Assessment Unit (GAU) services are also located on Jasmine ward.

Second floor

On the second floor is Freya Ward staffed by midwives and support workers to provide antenatal and postnatal care for women and their babies. Freya ward consists of 12 beds including four newly refurbished en-suite side rooms.

There is also a small kitchen area for women to help themselves to refreshments and a nursery with areas to bath and change babies.

Visiting times for Freya Ward are between 10am and 10pm for parents and their own children/stepchildren (any age)

All other visitors are permitted from 2pm – 7pm

*please note that children 11 years old and under are not allowed on Freya Ward.

We kindly ask that you do not bring flowers to Freya ward when visiting friends and family.

Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) is also located at the far end of Freya ward on the 2nd floor. SCBU has recently been fully refurbished, thanks to the fundraising efforts of Yeovil Hospital Charity’s Flying Colours Appeal and have facilities to care for up to eight babies.

Day Care Assessment Unit (DCAU) is located on  floor 2 and is run by a small dedicated team of midwives alongside obstetricians to provide antenatal outpatient services for women with high risk pregnancies or those requiring extra care on an appointment based system.

Third floor

The labour ward is on the third floor and is dedicated to the care of women in labour or those in need of care from over 20 weeks’ gestation. The five labour rooms are named after flowers and have specially commissioned art work, all refurbished labour rooms have a private en-suite bathroom and ensure a cosy and comfortable home from home feel, ideal for labour.

Labour ward also offers a large birthing pool in our Waterlily room located across the main corridor for added privacy.

Maternity theatres are located at the far end of Labour ward and staff are able to deliver both emergency and elective care for women requiring caesarean section, emergency or operative procedures.

Midwifery team.

Sallyann Batstone – Interim Head of Midwifery

Alison Dennett – Maternity Matron

Dawn Sherry – Named Midwife for Safeguarding

Nicki Crouch – Maternity Risk Manager

Stephanie Larcombe  – Transformation Lead Midwife

Cher Smith – Public Health Midwifery Clinical Lead

Bev Barrett – Digital Lead Midwife

Obstetric team.

Lydia Karamura – Obstetric Clinical Director.

Krishna Murala – Consultant Obstetrician.

Ahmar Shah – Consultant Obstetrician.

Fatima Shah – Consultant Obstetrician.

Nadia Soliman – Consultant Obstetrician.

Yulia Nicholson – Consultant Obstetrician.

 

 

 

The Acorn team is made up of specialist midwives. They care for vulnerable women with additional needs in their pregnancy. This can include women who have a history of substance or alcohol abuse, domestic violence or social services input. The Acorn team are able to provide further support and information on a range of subjects including finance, housing and additional health support.

The team also provides specialist care for young parents under the age of 19 to give additional support throughout pregnancy. Jacqueline is able to run antenatal classes and activities for parents-to-be under 19 years old who can meet up with other young mums.

Acorn Team Midwives

Jacqueline Cole

Paula John

Julie Osman

 

 

Cedar Midwives cover the furthest boarders of the Yeovil catchment area and cover GP surgeries at Apples, Bruton, Castle Carey, Grove Medical Centre, Milbourne Port, Queen Camel, Wincanton and Yetminster.

Each surgery has an appointed midwife attached to each surgery that regularly runs an antenatal clinic however you may see a different midwife within the team during your antenatal and postnatal care. Due to the small number of women in some of these areas some antenatal clinics run every other week.

The Cedar team also run a clinic from the Balsam Centre in Wincanton every Friday from 9am-11pm. Please book these directly with the Balsam Centre as this is no longer a drop in service.

To speak with a member of the Cedar team please call 01935 384449. This is not a manned telephone line but for all non-urgent enquires please leave your name, telephone number and a message. A member of the team will contact you within the next working day.

Cedar Team Community Midwives:

 

Sue Andrews

Vanessa Monk

Lisa Bradshaw

Sally Keeping

Sarah Riggs

Lin Crocker-Eakins

Maple Continuity of care Team caseload women who are registered with GP surgeries Oaklands, Preston Grove and Yeovil Health Centre.

Antenatal care will be provided at St Peters Community hub, Coronation Avenue, Yeovil.

To speak with a member of the Maple team please call 01935 384914. This is not a manned telephone line but for all non-urgent enquires please leave your name, telephone number and a message and a member of the team will contact you within the next working day.

Maple Team Community Midwives:

Emma Parker

Nadine Horgan

Yoshi Calloway

Vicky Kennedy

Emily Clarke

Emma Huby

Laura Day

Becky Cockings

We are also pleased to provide a small team 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. Please see the Homebirth Page for more information if you are considering a homebirth or would like to discuss the options available to you.

The Meadow Team currently hold virtual monthly informal ‘Meadow Meets’.

This is a great opportunity to meet all of the team, then when your labour starts the midwife who comes to look after you will be familiar to you.

If you are undecided about having a home birth you are very welcome to join, you will meet the team as well as other parents who will be either planning a homebirth or have already had one and they will be happy to answer any questions you have.  Just ask your community midwife to ensure you are sent a link to the next meeting.

Team leader: Lily Tiller

Sarah Champion

Tarnya Price

Sara East

Lucy Macartney

 

 

Oak Continuity of Care Team caseload women who are registered with GP surgeries at Pennhill, Ryalls Park Hendford Lodge and Abbey Manor ( Diamond Health Group)

Antenatal care will be provided at St Peters Community hub, Coronation Avenue, Yeovil.

To speak with a member of the Oak team please call 01935 384808. This is not a manned telephone line but for all non-urgent enquires please leave your name, telephone number and a message and a member of the team will contact you within the next working day.

Oak Team Community Midwives:

Beth Salisbury

Lindsay Bowers

Katy Parker

Emily Boulton

Denise Dinsdale

Jane Kennard

Sophie Pearce

Louise Hooper

Rowan team cover GP surgeries at Crewkerne, Illchester, Martock, Somerton South Petherton, Stoke Sub Hamdon and West Coker.

Each surgery has an appointed midwife attached to each surgery that regularly runs an antenatal clinic however you may see a different midwife within the team during your antenatal and postnatal care . Due to the small number of women in some of these areas some antenatal clinics run every other week.

To speak with a member of the Rowan team please call 01935 384489. This is not a manned telephone line but for all non-urgent enquires please leave your name, telephone number and a message and a member of the team will contact you within the next working day.

Rowan Team Community Midwives:

Carmel Moore

Sophie Smith

Julia Evans

Sarah Warman

 

We also have a variety of midwives who also work within specialist roles within different areas of maternity

Sara Stride – Midwifery Lecturer Practitioner

Sally Culliford – Practice Educator

Natalie Avery/ Amy Simpson – Antenatal and Newborn screening coordinator

Judy Atkin – Midwifery lead for labour ward

Elly Holyoak – Midwifery lead for Freya ward

Lily Tiller – Midwifery lead for community

Cher Smith – Public Health Lead Midwife

 

Day Care Assessment Unit (DCAU) consists of a team of experienced midwives that run the daily outpatient clinic. The midwives work alongside our obstetric colleagues to provide care for women needing extra monitoring in 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

DCAU Midwives

Izzy Bramwell

Lucinda Breaden

Kerry Casey

Lyn Crocker-Eakins

Sally Culliford

Rachel Edwards

Trudie Fage

Sarah Jaeger

Meg Perkins

Sue Read

Louisa Schreiber

Pick up and drop-off spaces

Pick up and drop-off spaces, offering a maximum of 20-minutes free parking, are available outside the Women’s Hospital entrance. These are monitored by automatic number plate recognition cameras. Vehicles parked for longer than the allowed time in these areas or other parts of the hospital site may incur a parking charge notice.

Please use these spaces for drop-off and collection only.

More information about getting to Yeovil Hospital and parking can be found here:

Car parking and how to find us