MIDWIVES at Bradford Teaching Hospitals are urging women with concerns about their pregnancy to get in touch.
The Maternity Assessment Centre (MAC), based at Bradford Royal Infirmary (BRI), is open 24 hours a day and provides emergency and follow-up care for women who are more than 16 weeks pregnant.
Sara Hollins, Head of Midwifery, said: “We understand that some women may be concerned about the risk of COVID-19 and coming into hospital, but we want to assure you that we are taking every precaution to make sure that you are safe during these difficult times and we urge you to get in touch if you have any concerns about yours or your baby’s wellbeing.”
Becky Palethorpe, Specialist Midwife for Perinatal Mental Health and Complex Care, said: “Women can call 01274 364531/2 and speak to a midwife round-the-clock.
“If lines are engaged, please keep trying as we want to hear from you – no worry or concern is too big or small for us. We are here to care for you and your baby.
“Please remember if your baby is moving in its normal pattern it is telling us they are happy and well. If this movement changes or becomes less frequent or stops, it’s important that you alert as soon as possible as it may indicate that your baby is telling us that it is unwell. Seek advice immediately if this is the case and do not delay.”
Women receive round-the-clock care on the MAC which is midwifery-led, with support from a consultant obstetrician.
If mums-to-be have to come into hospital, they will be treated by staff in appropriate PPE (personal protective equipment).
“Midwives at the Maternity Unit continue to understand that this is a very difficult and challenging time for women who are pregnant and their families,” added Becky.
“Please be assured we are working hard to keep our unit safe for all during the national pandemic and local restrictions.”
Bradford’s Maternity Unit is one of the busiest in England with 5,500 births a year.