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.