Maternity at University Hospital

Our services are located in the west wing of University Hospital. We have our own entrance, please follow the signs for Women’s and Children’s when you enter the grounds of University Hospital.

Our Maternity Pledge – Working to support healthy babies and new mothers

As part of University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust’s continued commitment to providing the best possible maternity services to the people of Coventry and Warwickshire we have set out five pledges to ensure that every expectant mother and new baby is given support throughout their pregnancy journey to try and achieve the best possible outcomes.

Through this we aim to ensure every expectant mother is supported - from pregnancy, to birth, to those critical first months of parenthood - with a comprehensive package of personalised, high quality support:

  1. During your pregnancy we will help you make informed choices about your own care. This includes giving you open and honest information about your own health, your pregnancy and birth options and support available to you.
  2. During birth we will actively listen to you to ensure we have the opportunity to give you the personalised birth experience you would prefer and answer any questions that you may have.
  3. If there are any difficulties encountered during the birth we will communicate what is going on with you in order for us to provide the correct support to achieve the best possible outcome.
  4. After the birth of your baby we will provide care which is tailored specifically to you and your baby. We will ensure that you have the support and foundations in place before you go home in order to give you both the best possible start to life together.
  5. When you go home we will offer you a comprehensive package, involving your GP and health visitor, incorporating high quality personalised support to give you and your baby the best possible start. This offering will include an offer of ongoing mental health support and health support when needed.

We would welcome comments and ideas from all of our service users. We hope to be able to answer some of your questions about our services on this site.

If you require any further information or clarification please ask your midwife.
 

Baby Phoebe with Mum Hannah and Dad Greg

"The dedicated team at UHCW provided great care before, during and after my birthing experience." 

Mum, Hannah Watkins
 

 

 

 

 

Your Birth Options

Ensuring mothers, babies and their families are at the centre of the care we provide is the highest priority. We want to ensure that you can make informed choices about your pregnancy, place and type of birth. We encourage women and their families to work in partnership with health care professionals to ensure that continuity of care and the needs of each individual and their families are met.

To help you make the best decision on the birth of your baby the Coventry and Warwickhire Local Maternity System (LMS) have developed a useful resource to provide all brithing options available to you in the local area.

The LMS includes three acute trusts providing maternity services: 

  • University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust (UHCW)
  • George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust (GEH)
  • South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust (SWFT)

Planning on where to give birth is a very important decision that you will need to consider in your pregnancy. You can choose to have your baby at any of our tranquil birthing units, in the comfort of your own home or on one of our Labour Wards. 

There is more than one hospital care package available in your area. Your midwife can support you to decide which feels right for you and your family. There is no need to make a firm decision on a place of birth early in your pregnancy. Making a decision on the place of birth later in pregnancy will allow you more time to make an informed decision. You are welcome to change your mind at any point in your pregnancy. 

If you choose to have your baby in a maternity unit a tour is an option for you. At the beginning of your journey a decision of which hospital you plan to start with for scans and plans for antenatal care will be required to progress with making appointments. 

To download the Your Birth Options leaflet please click here.

 

Pregnancy book

The pregnancy book provides information on many aspects of pregnancy and a list of useful organisations. It is available to download and is a useful resource for expectant mothers.

The Pregnancy Book

Download the book.

Breastfeeding

Off to the best start contains important information about feeding your baby.

Off to the best start

Download the booklet. Visit the breastfeeding section of the website

Glucose Tolerance Testing

The glucose tolerance testing booklet gives insight on how you can reduce the chances of developing diabetes.

Download the booklet