Yeovil Maternity Service serves the population of East Somerset and North Dorset and is based at Yeovil Hospital. Women who choose to come here are 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.
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
For the safety of you and your baby, as well as our staff, please attend all community and hospital appointments alone apart from your 12 and 20 week scan and admissions to labour ward. We do welcome the use of video calls on your phone (such as FaceTime or WhatsApp) to enable your support partner to join in the conversation at consultations and midwife appointments that they are unable to attend in person.
All members of the public including pregnant women are asked to wear a hospital-provided single use mask when entering the building. These are available at all entrances to the hospital, please use the hand gel before taking a mask.
Labour Ward: Our current guidance means that your one nominated support partner is welcome to accompany you on admission to the Labour ward.
Scans: We have also been able to reduce some restrictions that mean women attending their 12 and 20 week scans can be accompanied by one person. Please do not enter the building more than five minutes before your appointment and wear a face covering at all times, these are 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 they can be with you quickly.
Our absolute priority is for you and your baby to be safe during this challenging time. If you have any concerns, please speak to your midwife. We are here for you and thank you for your amazing resilience and support.
Visiting: Visiting on Freya Ward is by appointment only. Following the birth of your baby, one named support partner will be able to arrange to visit at a set time for up to two hours. Please contact the ward on 01935 384303 to arrange and we ask that you support us by leaving at the end of your allocated time and ensure you arrive wearing an appropriate hospital-provided single use face mask.
SCBU: Both parents will be able to visit at the same time. Please arrive wearing your appropriate 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.