Pregnant women who have any concerns about their baby – or their own health and welfare – are being reminded that a special Maternity Advice Line has been set up within Walsall Manor Hospital’s maternity services to support them.
“We have made things as safe as we can for women to come into the hospital during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and want them to know that they need to use our maternity services as usual – particularly if they are worried about anything,” said Community/Midwifery-Led Unit/Outpatients’ Matron Laura Parsons.
“This is an incredibly anxious time for mums-to-be and we understand that but it is so important they get in touch if they are feeling unwell, noticing reduced baby movements or a change in movements, or experiencing pain or bleeding.”
A Maternity Advice Line has been set up if women need to speak with a midwife for general advice and are unable to contact their Community Midwife. This line is open 9am-5pm Monday to Friday and women should contact 01922 605426.
Laura added: “As long as you have no recognised Covid-19 symptoms of either a temperature of 37.8 or higher, a new, continuous cough, or a loss of or change in taste or smell, it is safe to come into the hospital. The health and wellbeing of our mums-to-be and their babies is our priority; our caring and compassionate midwives and maternity staff are here to support you and .”
Women who have any concerns regarding being unwell, a reduction in their baby’s movements, bleeding or pain at any other time are reminded they should contact
Triage: 01922 656967
Delivery suite: 01922 656246
Women are also able to be fully supported by their birth partner at the 20 week scan, all fetal medicine appointments and throughout very high risk pregnancies. They are also fully supported at Induction of labour, in labour, at caesarean section and on the postnatal ward at Walsall Manor Hospital .
Along with maternity services across the country, Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust is currently reviewing other provision whilst having to minimise the risks associated with the ongoing pandemic.