Frequently Asked Questions

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Birth and Labour

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Scans

Should I still attend my scan?

Dating Ultrasound Scans

The dating ultrasound scan will take place between 11 weeks and two days and 14 weeks and one day. One partner is able to attend this scan. Partners will be asked to wait in the Women and Children's entrance foyer to help maintain social distancing. They will be called when mums to be are invited in for their scan.

18 - 20 Week Ultrasound Scans

One partner is able to attend this scan. Partners will be asked to wait in the Women and Children's entrance foyer to help maintain social distancing. They will be called when mums to be are invited in for their scan.

Growth Scans

At this moment in time, women need to attend growth scans alone.


Induced Labour

After my labour has been induced, will I be asked to return home or stay in hospital until I'm in labour?

The plan for your induction will be discussed with either your Consultant or your Community Midwife at the time of booking. The reason for your induction will be a crucial factor in deciding if you are able to have a home induction, as we are unable to monitor fetal wellbeing when you are at home.

Will my birth partner be able to stay with me whilst I am induced on Ward 24?

Your birth partner can book to visit you on Wards 24 between 12 and 4pm via https://uhcw-visitors.co.uk/location.php 

Your birth partner will be will be able to join when you are in active labour.

Will my birth partner be able to stay with me whilst I am induced on Labour Ward?

Your birth partner can visit you between 12 and 4pm. Booking is not required.

Your birth partner will be will be able to join when you are in active labour.


Birth Partners

How many birth partners can I bring with me?

One birthing partner who is asymptomatic and not in self-isolation may accompany you.

What should my birth partner bring to hospital?

As your birth partner will not be able to leave the ward area once they have joined you, we advise that they should bring sufficient food and refreshments for themselves. As well as this, you might find it helpful for them to bring additional items of clothing for you if you have been an inpatient on the ward.

Where can my birth partner stay with me?

Your birth partner can stay with you during active labour and birth. If you are having a planned caesarean section and have not had a positive swab result for coronavirus, your birth partner can say with you on the Labour ward and will be able to attend theatre (unless a general anaesthetic is required). Once you are transferred to the Postnatal ward, your birth partner will be asked to return home.


Visiting

Can I have visitors?

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Visiting


Facilities Available

What birth options are available to me?

All birth choices are still available, including the Lucina Birth Centre, elective ceasareans and home births.

Are pre-sterilised bottled available?

The Trust does not provide any bottles unless prescribed within the Neonatal department.


Going Home

Can my birth partner come onto the Postnatal ward to assist with carrying my belongings when I'm ready to go home?

As long as your birth partner is not experiencing symptoms of coronavirus, they are welcome to attend the ward in order to support you with collecting and transporting your belongings. Our staff are also available to assist mothers to the entrance of the West Wing of University Hospital, Coventry.

How soon can I go home?

We aim to discharge you and your baby as soon as it is safe to do so. If you have had a caesarean section, we will make every effort to support you in returning home the day after your surgery depending on your overall wellbeing.


Further Support

Email Address

If you have any further questions or concerns, please send an email to: MaternityCOVIDQueries@uhcw.nhs.uk