Maternity care today is about finding what is right for you and your family, before pregnancy and for you and your baby before, during and after the birth. Local midwives, GPs and hospitals provide a choice of services. We would encourage early contact with health professionals. There are maternity units at three hospitals in the West Cheshire area. These are:
- Countess of Chester NHS Foundation Trust
- Wirral University Teaching Hospitals
- Leighton Hospital
These units offer a range of services locally including home birth, labour units and specialist care. There are also hospitals outside the area, such as Liverpool Women’s Hospital, which women can go to. You should consider whether these hospitals can meet your needs.
Your midwife will be allocated to you dependant on which Children’s centre you live near to. She is contactable through the Countess of Chester Maternity Unit on:
- 01244 365166 8.30am – 4.30 am or On Call Midwife on 01244 365174 (24 hours).
She will look after your needs during your pregnancy and after your baby is born she will come to see you at home for approximately two weeks dependant on your needs.
You are assessed for midwife led care or shared care at the booking interview.
Midwife led care means you will be totally looked after by the midwife. The midwife no longer sees patient within the GP’s practice, all ante natal care is now at the children’s centre closest to your home or of your choice.
Shared care means that your care is shared between the midwife and the Doctors at the Countess of Chester for some appointments.
One to One Midwives
You can also choose to use One to One Midwives.
One to One Midwives provide a community based midwifery service with continuity and choice at the heart of everything they do. When a woman first accesses One to One she is allocated a named midwife who will be the lead caregiver throughout her pregnancy, birth (if she chooses a homebirth) and for 6 weeks of postnatal care.
A One to One midwife will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Care takes place in the women’s homes at times to suit their needs and the vast majority of visits take place in the evening or at weekends to ensure that partners are also active participants in the care. There are no limits to the number of visits and the woman and midwife will agree how often the visits should take place to meet the individual needs of the family.
You can self refer to the One to One service by contacting them on 0151 345 5580.
After you have had your baby you should have a Post natal check at 6 weeks. This check is with the Doctor here at Old Hall Surgery and is to check everything has settled down and for you to discuss any issues you may have. Please ask for an appointment and tell the receptionist it is for a post natal check so the Doctor can be advised.
Page last updated: 21 January 2019