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Maternity COVID-19 information

COVID-19 Changes to Maternity Services

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has relaxed visiting restrictions in maternity services further.

Two birthing partners per woman/birthing person now welcomed on our delivery suites and Midwifery Led Birthing Units (MLBU).

One partner can accompany a pregnant women/person for the entirety of their antenatal appointments.

Visiting restrictions on our postnatal wards across both our maternity units (Bedford and the Luton and Dunstable Hospitals) has also changed.

Visiting slots for Orchard ward at Bedford Hospital and Ward 33 at the L&D will now be as follows:

  • 9am to 9pm – birth partner or other adult support person only
  • 3pm to 8pm – two adult visitors per woman/birthing person (this includes the birth partner and one other – both need to stay the same) as well as siblings

Siblings are now welcome back in maternity, between 3pm and 8pm daily.

  • Between 3pm and 8pm daily
  • Siblings under 16 years must be supervised by an accompanying adult visitor and remain by the woman’s/person’s bedside throughout the visiting time
  • There is no need to pre-book a time slot or restrictions on the length of time that visitors can stay within the 5 hour period
  • The midwife in charge will have the right to reduce the number of visitors when required to avoid overcrowding

We know this additional relaxing of restrictions will be welcome news to women/birthing people and their support partners.

We kindly remind all visitors to wear a surgical face mask at all times in masking wearing zones of the hospital.

We have to be extremely careful about our visiting restrictions, especially when there are higher incidences of COVID-19 cases locally. As such, it is important to note that this further relaxing of restrictions could change at short notice if it becomes unsafe to continue. We do still need to be mindful that coronavirus is still with us and there are precautions that we still need to adhere to, to not only protect patients but to also protect our staff, keep them well so they can continue to provide safe and essential quality patient care.

Antenatal appointments

One support partner is welcomed to accompany pregnant women/people at ALL antenatal and scan appointments at both hospital sites.

Triage / Day Assessment Unit

One birth partner or other adult support person is welcomed to accompany pregnant women/people on Triage (Ward 31) and all inpatient wards at the L&D.

Antenatal ward visitors at the L&D

On Ward 32 at the L&D, visiting is as follows:

  • 9am to 9pm – birth partner or other adult support person only
  • 3pm to 8pm – two adult visitors per woman/birthing person (this includes the birth partner and one other – both need to stay the same)

Postnatal wards visitors

As mentioned above, visiting slots will now be as follows for both hospital sites:

  • 9am to 9pm – birth partner or other adult support person only
  • 3pm to 8pm – two adult visitors per woman/birthing person (this includes the birth partner and one other – both need to stay the same) as well as siblings

We are unable to facilitate visitors/supporters overnight at this time.

Labour

Two birthing partners per woman/birthing person are welcomed on our delivery suites and Midwifery Led Birthing Units (MLBU).

All birthing partners must wear a facemask whilst on our wards and clinical areas.

Induction of labour

If you require an induction of labour, and you need to be admitted to the ward to start the induction process, we welcome one birth partner as part of your support team on the ward from 9am to 9pm. Once you start contracting, and are awaiting transfer to delivery suite or you’re transferred to the delivery suite to continue with your induction of labour your second birth partner will be able to join you. The midwives looking after you will support you to ensure timely attendance of your birthing partner.

Elective Caesarean Section

All elective C-Sections are proceeding as normal on both clinical sites in line with current guidance.