The Direct to Midwife service supports the NHS’s national maternity policy to offer women choice about their maternity care. From the very beginning of your pregnancy, the service gives you access to Midwives who are specially trained to provide care while you are pregnant, during the birth, and after you baby is born.
The Direct to Midwife service ensures you can access the right health information and screenings as soon as possible so you can be referred to one of our Consultants if needed. Our Midwives call also advise you on lifestyle, nutrition and a plan of care for your pregnancy.
You can use our Direct to Midwife service by calling 0161 291 2942.
Clinics and classes
Antenatal clinics focus on the medical side of pregnancy and ensure you and your baby remain as healthy as possible during pregnancy, labour and the birth. Our antenatal clinics are run by Consultants and cover all of the health examinations, scans and screenings available to pregnant women through the NHS.
For more in-depth information about the tests available to you during your pregnancy, visit the NHS screening website. Your midwife will talk through all the different classes and clinics available to you when you have your first home visit – see above for information about how to book this.
Parentcraft classes focus on the information and education side of pregnancy and ensure you are prepared each step of the way. These classes are available to all pregnant women who wish to attend them. They will help you to:
- Prepare for going into labour and giving birth
- Understand your baby’s needs
- Learn how to look after and feed your baby
Classes are a good way to make friends with other people who are also expecting babies. These friendships can be very rewarding and supportive during the first few months with a newborn. We also offer classes supporting:
- Breast feeding
- Teenage pregnancy
- Giving up smoking
- Women who are subject to domestic violence or alcohol/substance abuse
- Women with a raised body mass index (BMI)
Daycare Assessment and Triage
The Daycare Assessment and Triage unit is staffed by midwives and healthcare workers who see women who are 16 weeks pregnant onwards. If you have pains, suspect you are in early labour, have any vaginal bleeding, or suspect that your waters have broken, you should refer yourself to triage. The number to call is: 0161 291 2724.
The unit is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can either call directly or your GP or midwife might refer you to us. Triage staff will be able to assess you on the phone and give advice on whether you need to come in to the unit, stay at home, or be seen by your GP if you have not already done so.
Maternity Triage can be a very busy area and patients are seen on a priority of care basis. Your patience is very much appreciated and we aim to see everyone as soon as possible. If you do not understand what is happening to you or you have any worries or questions, please ask a member of staff.
Antenatal Ward C3
Ward C3 is a specialist antenatal ward for women who have problems during their pregnancy and need hospital care. It is a 16-bed antenatal ward based in our Maternity department. You might be admitted to Ward C3 to monitor problems involving pre-enclampsia, bleeding, early labour, or if you are having labour induced.
The Ward is staffed 24 hours a day by Midwives who are supported by a Health Care Assistant and on-call Consultants where needed. If you have any concerns about your pregnancy, please do not just turn up at Ward C3 – you will be transferred to the ward if you need to be monitored. Instead, please call Antenatal Reception on and we will be happy to advise you.
We also run an Antenatal Partners’ Service to assist the partners of pregnant women to make the transition to parenthood. The service gives partners the opportunity to have their own issues and questions addressed confidentially.
An induced labour is not a quick process and can take 2-3 days. If your labour is being induced, please be patient. Our team on Ward C3 are trained and experienced to deal with induced labour and will monitor your baby’s wellbeing and ensure you are kept comfortable and while you are waiting.
If you are visiting someone on Ward C3, please see check our visiting hours page for times and rules we to follow to make sure we keep our maternity unit as calm as possible for patients and staff.What to do if you have problems during pregnancy (PDF – 426kB)