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Maternity COVID-19 information

COVID-19 Changes to Maternity Services

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust confirmed from the 4 April 2022, visiting restrictions in maternity services relaxed further.

Two birthing partners per woman/birthing person now allowed 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 triage, antenatal and postnatal wards across both our maternity units (Bedford and the Luton and Dunstable Hospitals) will also change.

Visiting slots will now be as follows:

  • 8am to 9.30pm – birth partners only
  • 3pm to 5.30pm – two visitors per woman/birthing person (this includes the birth partner and one other – both need to stay the same)
  • 7pm to 8.30pm – two visitors per woman/birthing person (this includes the birth partner and one other – both need to stay the same)

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

We know this additional relaxing of restrictions will be welcome news to women/birthing people and their support partners. This change is applicable to both Bedford Hospital and the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital maternity units.

We kindly remind all visitors to wear a surgical face mask at all times whilst in the hospital.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about this change can be found here.

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 allowed to accompany pregnant women/people at ALL antenatal and scan appointments.

Postnatal wards visitors

As mentioned above, from Monday 4 April 2022, visiting slots will now be as follows:

  • 8am to 9.30pm – birth partners only
  • 3pm to 5.30pm – two visitors per woman/birthing person (this includes the birth partner and one other – both need to stay the same)
  • 7pm to 8.30pm – two visitors per woman/birthing person (this includes the birth partner and one other – both need to stay the same)

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

Labour

Birthing women/people can have one support partner to help provide that much needed extra support during all times whilst on the Delivery Suite. Birthing partners must not attend if unwell, particularly if they have symptoms such as a temperature, headache, cough or breathing difficulties. If your birthing partner is unwell, you may nominate someone else to be with you in labour.

Induction of labour

If you require an induction of labour, and you need to be admitted to the ward to start the induction process, your birthing partner will not be able to be with you while you are on the ward. This is to help us keep everyone who uses our services as safe as possible. 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 birthing 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 for clinical needs are proceeding as normal on both hospital sites. Elective C-Sections by maternal requests (where there is no clinical need) are being assessed on an individual case by case basis across both hospital sites.