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Maternity Supervision




Picture of the Maternity Unit at Blackpool Victoria Hospital

Maternity Unit at Blackpool Victoria Hospital

In this section of the website you will find information about our:

Antenatal Clinic Service

Antenatal Clinic

Antenatal Clinic

Your first appointment includes a private discussion with the midwife who will take details of your family, personal and medical history, together with any previous pregnancies you may have had. She will also explain the routine examinations which will be made throughout your pregnancy. This first appointment normally happens in a clinic near to your home. You will be contacted by your named midwife, who will arrange this for you. Your first antenatal appointment usually takes a little longer than your subsequent appointments. Please feel free to have a partner or friend with you.

During your antenatal appointments, you will be asked to take part in the following:

  • Urine Tests
    Please bring a fresh specimen of urine in a suitable container to each antenatal visit.
  • Blood Pressure Check
    This will be recorded at each visit.
  • Abdominal Examination
    This is to make sure that your baby is growing normally and lying in the correct position.
  • Breast Advice
    Midwives are always willing to discuss how you wish to feed your baby and give advice on the care of your breasts during pregnancy.
  • Blood Tests
    These are performed to find out your blood group, haemoglobin level, immunity to rubella, HIV, Hepatitis B, Syphilis and various other tests.
  • Carbon Monoxide Screening
    This is a quick and simple breath screen which will tell you and your midwife how much carbon monoxide is in your body. Your midwife will discuss the result with you.

General Advice

Diet, exercise and your total healthcare will also be discussed with you, including the place of your baby's birth (home or hospital). Please make any special requests for your care known to us so that your pregnancy, delivery and postnatal care will be as safe and happy as possible.

Ultrasound Scanning

Ultrasound Image

Ultrasound Image

Obstetric Ultrasound is a technique used to observe the baby in the womb. An ultrasound scan is a clinical examination performed by a specially trained Sonographer or Doctor and usually takes about 15 minutes to perform. You will be offered a first scan at 11-14 weeks to date the pregnancy. This will give you an approximate date for when the baby will be born. A second scan will be offered at 19-20 weeks.

The purpose of this scan is to see if the baby appears normal. While major abnormalities will show up on scan, some problems may not be picked up.

Sometimes the scan cannot be completed at your first visit and you could be asked to return for another scan or be seen in clinic. This can be simply because your baby is lying in an awkward position. The Sonographer who performs the scan will explain to you what will happen during the examination, and once it is completed she or he will show you your baby in as much detail as possible.

Ultrasound Image

Ultrasound

You can obtain a photo of the screen picture of your baby but there will be a small charge for this. Please note that contrary to popular opinion, the scan is not performed to determine the sex of your baby and this is not looked for unless medically indicated. If specifically requested, the Sonographer may attempt to look at the end of the scan if time permits but there are no guarantees of the accuracy of this prediction.

Ward Information

Consultant

Consultants ward rounds take place Monday-Friday

Ward D is situated in the Women's Unit. It is a mixed antenatal and postnatal ward area. While on the ward, our staff will aim to provide and maintain excellent standards of care and help with parent education.

On admission to the ward you will be shown to your bed and around the ward environment, and will assigned a midwife to care for you. This is your Associate Midwife as your Named Midwife will be the person you are used to dealing with in the community.

All inpatients have access to nurse call, TV and radio facilities. Each ward has its own Nurses Station and comfortable day room for patients who wish to spend time away from the wards. The dayroom contains a television and a drinks machine. Please remember to bring plenty of change with you for drinks and confectionery.

Ward Rounds

The Maternity Wards are staffed by seven Consultant Obstetricians and a wide range of midwifery, administrative and support staff. Consultants ward rounds take place Monday-Friday, although Consultants do not see all patients.

Visiting

Visiting Times are between 1.00pm and 2.00pm or between 6.00 and 7.00pm daily. Your birth partner may visit between the hours of 9:00am to 8:00pm if they wish. It is helpful to the ward staff if you can nominate one friend or relative to make enquiries about you and your baby and pass on the information as the ward telephones are very busy.

Security

All doors to the Maternity wards are kept locked and only members of staff who work in the department can gain entry with their personal access fobs. The doors are unlocked during visiting hours so extra vigilance is required and babies should not be left alone. All visitors are vetted via a camera and intercom system before they can enter or leave a ward. The staff liaise closely with all patients to gain an understanding of who should be visiting them. For security reasons, visitors are asked not to let any person into or out of a ward.

Postnatal Care

After the birth, you and your baby will be taken to a ward where your baby will remain with you. Every day a midwife will check your condition to ensure that no problems are arising. Please talk to her about anything that is worrying you. The midwife will give you a postnatal exercise sheet and physiotherapist will be available to give you advice and encouragement.

If your blood group is Rhesus negative and your baby's is Rhesus positive, you will be offered an injection of anti-D immunoglobulin within 48-hours of the birth to prevent antibodies developing which may be harmful to subsequent babies.

If you were not immune to rubella (German measles) antenatally, you will be offered immunisation by your General Practitioner, six weeks after your baby is born. It is important not to become pregnant for at least three months after vaccination as German measles can affect unborn babies, particularly in early pregnancy. During your stay in hospital, you will be offered family planning advice.

Leaving Hospital

If your pregnancy, labour and post-natal period have been normal, then the ward team or midwife will discharge you to the care of the community midwife at an agreed time, providing all is well with your baby. Please ask a friend or relative to bring your own and your baby's clothes and to make sure that adequate travel arrangements have been made for your baby. (If you're travelling home by car, your baby must have a rear facing safety car seat). Your hospital midwife will arrange for your community midwife to visit you at home.

Please check that:

  • You have emptied your locker and returned any loaned items
  • You have notified the ward staff if you are planning to go home to a different address
  • You have an adequate supply of medicine (if applicable).

You should telephone your GP's surgery and inform them that you have been transferred home, preferably within 24 hours. Your GP will carry out a postnatal examination between six to eight weeks after delivery. Details about this will be given to you on discharge.

Remember that you must register your baby within 42 days of birth. The nearest Registrars Offices are situated in Blackpool, Fleetwood, Lytham and Kirkham.

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