bristol • north somerset • south gloucestershire

 

Have you had your flu jab?

Flu during pregnancy can put you at greater risk of complications than when not pregnant. Flu vaccination offers protection for your baby as well. You can get a free flu jab from your GP and from many local pharmacies – ask your pharmacy if they are participating and if you need to book. More information on flu vaccination in pregnancy.

Pregnant? Your options

Congratulations on your pregnancy! It is advisable to register with a maternity service as early as possible in pregnancy. This ensures you have timely access to advice and screening tests, and that your care can be best tailored to your needs.

Community midwives connected to the three local maternity services are based in a variety of settings, including GP practices, Health Clinics and Children’s Centres. The best way to find out how to contact your local midwife or midwifery team is by telephoning your GP surgery reception. It is not necessary to make an appointment with your GP for this. Alternatively you can contact the maternity services directly using the numbers provided below.

There are three NHS Trusts which provide maternity care in the Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset area:

North Bristol NHS Trust (NBT), which runs Southmead Hospital (Delivery Suite and Mendip Birth Centre) in North Bristol and Cossham Birth Centre in Kingswood.
Contact a midwife to book for antenatal care 0117 414 6923 (Mon-Fri, 09.00-17.00)

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust (UHBristol), which runs St Michael’s Hospital (Delivery Suite and Midwife-led Unit) in Central Bristol.
UHBristol Community midwifery office 0117 342 5241

Weston Area Health NHS Trust (WAHT), which runs Ashcombe Birth Centre in Weston-super-Mare.
WAHT Community midwives office (Mon-Fri, 08.30-12.30) 01934 881064 or 01934 647082

Midwives do not always work to the same geographical boundaries as GPs and may hold clinics at a different location. The area they cover will be based on your home address.

If your pregnancy progresses normally, you will mostly be seen by trained community midwives, student midwives and maternity support workers, who work together to provide your care. If any problems develop you may be referred to a hospital Antenatal Clinic or Antenatal Assessment Unit. If you receive your maternity care from WAHT, you may be referred to St Michael’s Hospital for certain conditions. More information on your care in pregnancy.

Where you choose to give birth does not depend on which Trust provides your care in pregnancy. 

All three maternity services provide midwifery care at homebirths and in midwife-led units. Ashcombe Birth Centre (Weston-super-Mare) and Cossham Birth Centre (Kingswood, Bristol) are stand-alone midwife-led units, while Mendip Birth Centre and St Michael’s Midwife-led Unit are located in the same building as a consultant-led Delivery Suite and neonatal unit. More information on deciding where to have your baby.

Instead of NHS maternity care you can choose for independent midwifery care. Independent midwives are bound by the same training requirements and regulation as midwives who work in the NHS. They charge a fee for their services. For more information about independent midwives or to find an independent midwife local to you visit Independent Midwives UK.