Information from North Cumbria Health Care
Women will be receiving individual information and updates via their ‘My Maternity Notes App’, please check you have push notifications on to receive these updates
03 April 2020: Guidance issued to women due to give birth. Information was issued by North Cumbria Integrated Care Trust. Click Here
03 April 2020: Maternity FAQ’s: Click Here
We are urging people to use the NHS if they need to – there are steps in place to ensure you won’t be put at risk, lots of phone calls, video consultations for your general practice concerns and the hospital has non Covid-19 areas. Anyone who is pregnant should be accessing their health checks and appointments and if they are worried should be talking to their midwife.
Click Here for other helpful information from North CIC
Information from Maternity FAQs - Updated 15 April 2020:
Women are asked to attend their appointments alone wherever possible; the only exception
being where childcare is unavailable as the safety of your previous children takes priority.
However we must stress this is only where an alternative option (such as your partner) is not
available. We understand that this has the potential to impact upon anxiety levels however the
scan rooms and triage rooms are small and this makes social distancing impractical.
When you attend in labour you are permitted to bring one birthing partner with you who can stay
for the duration of your labour.
If it is anticipated that you can be discharged directly from the labour ward after giving birth to go
home, your birthing partner is able to stay within the labour ward and to accompany you home to
the care of the community midwives.
If you are admitted onto the post-natal ward following labour no visitors are permitted, this
includes your birthing partner. They will only be able to return to collect you when you are
If you or your partner smoke you may wish to consider nicotine replacement therapy as we are
reducing the number of people entering/exiting the unit. Women can access this via our smoking
cessation services and partners will find it available from your local pharmacist. When you go into
labour you will phone the triage number as normal. Attending the unit is your own responsibility
and will vary based on individual needs. We advise you make a plan in advance of labour and we
ask that you do not call an ambulance unless medically indicated.
Further information from the Trust is available here: Click Here
Midwives in north Cumbria are continuing to make sure births are a positive experience and have welcomed 141 little ones into the world since stay at home measures were introduced. The maternity teams both in the Trust’s hospitals and those out in the community are ensuring mums and babies receive the highest and safest standard of care during this time.
Amanda Kennett, Head of Midwifery at North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust gives a full update here: Click Here
CIC Team Poem
A team of midwives at Cumberland Infirmary have created a poem for mums to be and new mums which they have filmed.