New parents and those expecting a baby have been reassured maternity services in Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre are still open.
Maternity services on the Fylde Coast are working hard to ensure expectant parents and newborn babies receive the highest quality care during the COVID-19 pandemic and are doing all they can to make sure services are personal and safe.
This means some appointments may now be carried out over the telephone or by video call, women may need to have their babies in a different place to where they had planned, and they may see staff wearing protective clothing.
Nicola Parry, head of midwifery at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “These are very strange times we find ourselves in but more importantly this is still an amazing time for those families expecting a baby and we must remember that.
“Although lots of things have changed, we’re still here and we will continue to care for you and your baby.
“Antenatal appointments are really important and I want all the pregnant mums out there to please make sure they come to them. We have made sure things are safe and social distancing is maintained throughout appointments.”
The message from NHS maternity services is clear:
- If you are pregnant, it is important that you still attend your antenatal appointments and continue to seek advice from your midwife or maternity team.
- If you are worried about your health or the health of your unborn baby, please contact your midwife or maternity team.
- For the latest pregnancy and birth advice, go to NHS.uk or contact 111.nhs.uk
- It is really important that women have a midwife with them when they are giving birth to ensure they and their baby are safe. One birth partner is encouraged, so long as they do not have symptoms of COVID-19.
- If you have any concerns about your young baby you can also contact the health visiting team.
Sarah Keighley, health visiting team leader at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I would like to reassure people that we are continuing to deliver our health visiting service to you as parents.
“This means we will be offering you telephone contact at key points: in the few weeks before and after your baby is born, at 3-4 months, 12 months, two years and at three years.
“We’re also able to offer you two routine home visits: just before and just after your baby is born, giving you advice and information about looking after your new baby. We are here to help as we always have been.”
Anybody who has recently discovered they are pregnant can self-refer into the maternity services via the Blackpool Teaching Hospitals website.
You can find more information about maternity and other services which are still here for you on our NHS still here for you page.