Welcome to Bradford Royal Infirmary

Having a baby is a life-changing event and here at Bradford we want you and your family to feel empowered and confident throughout your pregnancy, birth and beyond.

Our aim is to ensure you have the best possible experience along with a high standard of care whether you birth at home or in hospital. During your pregnancy there will be many choices and decisions to make and we hope you will find this website useful. Every year approximately 6,000 women chose to have their babies under our care. Our team of experienced staff members look forward to welcoming you!

The video below offers a guided tour of some of the services and facilities we offer.

Our new vision for the Maternity Service at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust outlines the journey we need to make to become truly outstanding.

Discover more about our commitment to our women and babies and what we plan to do to revolutionise our services by clicking on the image.

Contact us

  • Maternity Assessment Centre (MAC): 01274 364532 or 01274 364531
  • Antenatal Day Unit (ANDU): 01274 364856
  • Labour Ward: 01274 364515 or 01274 364514
  • Birth Centre: 01274 364929
  • Appointments: 01274 364518
  • Ultrasound: 01274 364501
  • Ward M3: 01274 364536 or 01274 364537
  • Ward M4: 01274 364539 or 01274 364540
  • Community Midwife:

Coronavirus and pregnancy

Coronavirus and pregnancy

Bradford Teaching Hospitals’ Women’s and Newborn Unit is home to a close community of dedicated staff who are all working together to meet the challenge of coronavirus, while providing care that is safe, respectful and compassionate.

We have recorded two short films in English and Urdu, which can be viewed opposite, to reassure pregnant women who may be feeling anxious. 

We want you to enjoy your pregnancy, safe in the knowledge that we will look after you and your babies. The information contained in the films can also be downloaded here.

Further information on coronavirus and pregnancy can be found in the three information leaflets below:

For more general information, please see the Government advice.

Booking your birth and self-referral

BTHFT Maternity

We are very proud of our family-friendly maternity care, and look forward to welcoming you and your partner to our award-winning Women’s and Newborn Unit. It is important to contact a midwife early in your pregnancy so we can ensure you have all the correct information, advice and access to screening tests for you and your baby as early as possible.

As soon as you have had a positive pregnancy test and you need maternity care, there are two main ways to contact a midwife. You only need to choose one – the midwife will then contact you to arrange an appointment.

Contact a midwife by:

Visiting your GP and requesting a referral.

OR

Click here to complete our online self-referral form. Please ensure you complete the form and provide the full name, address and telephone number of your GP. If you are unable to complete the form, please call our self-referral telephone line between 1-3pm, Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) on 01274 364502. If you don’t speak English, please contact your GP.

During your pregnancy

We offer a full range of services for more than 6,000 women and families every year based in the hospital and out in the community, ranging from specialist care for women and babies who need closer monitoring to a home-birth service for women with healthy pregnancies.

Our newly refurbished Labour Ward is easily contacted on 01274 364515 or 01274 364514 and the Birth Centre can be contacted on 01274 364929.

We are also proud to be a ‘Baby Friendly Initiative’ hospital, and have been accredited for our good practice around infant feeding by Unicef.

Community Midwifery

<strong>Here we provide hospital care for conditions affecting the female reproductive organs – the womb, ovaries, fallopian tubes, vagina and vulva</strong>.

If you have a general gynaecological problem that needs specialist input your GP may refer you to our general gynaecology clinic. We commonly see, investigate and treat women with problems such as:
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<li>Heavy or painful periods</li>
<li>Irregular bleeding</li>
<li>Fibroids</li>
<li>Pelvic pain and endometriosis</li>
<li>Ovarian cysts</li>
<li>Pain during intercourse</li>
<li>Sterilisation contraception</li>
</ul>
You may get asked to complete a diary of your symptoms or attend for a scan or blood test. Sometimes lifestyle advice or medication may be given to help your symptoms. Occasionally, we recommend surgery to investigate your problems further or treat your condition.

Continuity of Carer

Across Bradford, we are introducing different models of care during pregnancy, called ‘Continuity of Carer’ teams. Evidence from a number of studies has shown that having your care for pregnancy, birth and after your baby is born delivered by a small team of midwives who you get to know well and have a relationship with is better for you and your baby.

Read more about ‘Continuity of Carer’ here.

Screening

Screening is the process of identifying women and babies who may be at an increased risk of a disease or condition and may require further information, tests and treatment.

Read more about screening here.

Maternity Assessment Centre

The Maternity Assessment Centre is a four-bed triage and assessment unit. It is situated on the ground floor of the Women’s and Newborn Unit, near the Antenatal Clinic. You may be referred to the MAC by your GP, midwife or another health professional or after a visit to A&E.

Read more about the Maternity Assessment Centre here.

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Antenatal Clinic

During your pregnancy you may be asked to attend antenatal clinics at Bradford Royal Infirmary’s Maternity Unit. Read more about our antenatal clinics here.

Antenatal Day Unit

During your pregnancy you may be asked to attend the Antenatal Day Unit (ANDU) by your doctor or midwife for extra monitoring while you are pregnant. Read more here.

Ultrasound in pregnancy

Read more about ultrasound in pregnancy here.

Parent education

There is a huge amount of information relating to pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period. Information can be helpful to inform and prepare you for pregnancy, birth and beyond. Find out more here.

Research and pregnancy

Bradford Teaching Hospitals is a research-active trust. Research helps us to find out the evidence we need to provide high-quality care and outcomes for women and their babies. Find out more here. 

Antenatal ward

Wards M3 and M4 are bright, airy and have a more homely environment to make your stay feel more relaxed. They have recently been refurbished and improvements made based on recommendations and feedback from women, their families and staff. A birth partner or named carer can stay to support their partner 24 hours a day. Read more here.

Delivery Suite

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Birth Centre

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Antenatal and Postnatal Wards

Wards M3 and M4 have recently been refurbished and improvements made based on recommendations and feedback from women, their families and staff. The wards are bright, airy and have a more homely environment in order to make women feel more relaxed. A birth partner or named carer can stay to support their partner 24 hours a day.

M3 has 29 beds consisting of four-bed rooms and single side rooms; the ward is for women whom require admission during pregnancy, and following the birth of their baby.

M4 is a 20-bed postnatal ward and nine-bed Transitional Care Unit, consisting of four-bed rooms and single side rooms. The ward is for those women and babies that require admission following birth.

There are rooms designated for women with disabilities, a bereavement suite, quiet room and dining/sitting room. All our rooms have access to toilet and shower/bath facilities.

Research in pregnancy

Bradford Teaching Hospitals is a research-active trust. Research helps us to find the evidence we need to provide high quality care and outcomes for women and their babies.

We have a Maternal and Child Health research team with specialist research midwives and you may be offered the opportunity to take part in studies that are relevant to you.

If you would like more information about research please contact the team on 01274 364506 or email: research.midwives@bthft.nhs.uk

Further information about the team and the studies we are currently offering can be found here.

Bereavement

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Fetal Medicine Unit

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Neonatal Unit

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Anaesthetics

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Antenatal clinics

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Your pregnancy

Booking your birth and self-referral

It is important to contact a midwife early in your pregnancy so we can ensure you have all the correct information, advice and access to screening tests for you and your baby as early as possible.

As soon as you have had a positive pregnancy test and you need maternity care, there are two main ways to contact a midwife. You only need to choose one – the midwife will then contact you to arrange an appointment.

Through your GP

  • Visit your GP and request a referral

Online

  • Click here to complete our online self-referral form. Please ensure you complete the form and provide the full name, address and telephone number of your GP. If you are unable to complete the form, please call our self-referral telephone line between 1-3pm, Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) on 01274 364502. If you don’t speak English, please contact your GP.
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Midwifery care in Bradford

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First appointment

First contact with a health professional should ideally take place by 10 weeks. A booking appointment will be arranged with a midwife to collect some information and plan subsequent care for the pregnancy.

Women who are identified as having risk factors in pregnancy will be referred for consultant obstetrician opinion and planning of care.

Please bring any current medication to your appointments.

Screening tests

Screening is the process of identifying women and babies who may be at an increased risk of a disease or condition and may require further information, tests and treatment.

Screening is important as it can save lives or improve quality of life through early risk identification and/or reduce the risk of developing a serious condition or its complication.

What screening tests will I be offered in pregnancy?

During your pregnancy, you will be offered a range of screening tests, including blood tests and ultrasound baby scans. They are designed to help make your pregnancy safer, check and assess the development and wellbeing of you and your baby, and screen for particular conditions.

You do not have to take any of the tests. However, it is important to understand the purpose of all of them so that you can make an informed decision about whether to take them. Discuss this with your maternity team.

Your midwife or GP should send you a booklet about antenatal and newborn screening called Screening Tests for You and Your Baby. It is important to read the booklet and inform your midwife of any relevant conditions that you, your partner or your immediate families may have. The booklet is available in English and many other languages here.

You can find out more about each of the different screening tests by clicking on the links below:

Blood tests

Ultrasound baby scans

It is recommended that all pregnant women in England are offered a minimum of two ultrasound scans during pregnancy. At the first antenatal appointment you will be offered an early pregnancy scan. This should take place after eight weeks and before 13+6 weeks of pregnancy. The purpose of the scan is to assess how many weeks pregnant you are, the number of babies you are having and check your baby’s wellbeing.

At 18+0 and 20+6 weeks pregnant you will be offered an anomaly scan. Its purpose is to look for any structural abnormalities (problems) your baby may have.

You will be offered screening for Down’s syndrome, Edwards’ syndrome and Patau’s syndrome between 11 and 14 weeks of pregnancy. This is called the combined test because it combines an ultrasound scan with a blood test. The scan can be carried out at the same time as the dating scan. If you are too far on in your pregnancy (more than 14 weeks) to have the combined test, you will be offered a blood test between 14 and 20 weeks of pregnancy that screens for Down’s syndrome. This test is not quite as accurate as the combined test.

Some screening tests will also be offered to your baby after they are born. You can read more about these tests by clicking on the links below:

Leaflets

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Labour and birth

Labour Ward

We serve a vibrant and diverse population from throughout Bradford, and the  Labour Ward strives to deliver the highest standard of midwifery and obstetric care to women and their families.

The Labour Ward is predominately for women who may require more specialist care during their labour, birth and the immediate postnatal period. Women with a higher obstetric or fetal risk will receive care on the ward from the midwifery and obstetric teams during their labour and birth.

We work with all women to support their birth choices and facilitate them on the Labour Ward.

Our midwives are passionate about promoting normality while remaining mindful of the complexities of higher-risk pregnancies, and will discuss the adoption of different positions to aid labour and deliver. Birthing balls can be provided and cordless monitoring is available for a more active labour. The ward also features a pool should women wish to use it for labour and/or birth. The cordless monitor can also be used in the water should if required.

Analgesia includes Entonox, Pethidine or an epidural. Midwives work with women to ensure that the requests of their birth plan can be met at this important time.

Bradford has a very high vaginal birth rate and we are very proud of the caesarean section rate which is consistently below the national average of 25 per cent.

The Labour Ward features:

  • 13 labour/birth rooms and a pool room
  • Two obstetric theatres
  • A two-bed recovery bay

Obstetric consultant cover is available on the ward for 98 hours a week (24 hours on call), with two senior midwives present on each shift supported by a team of midwives who are skillful in providing care to women with higher risk pregnancies who require closer monitoring.

Round-the-clock anaesthetic cover is available for women who require the use of obstetric theatre or require an epidural. The Labour Ward team also includes maternity assistants, student midwives and domestics.

We are very excited to announce that work has now begun on the construction of two new ‘gold standard’ obstetric theatres.

Where to give birth

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Induction of labour

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Pain relief

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Birth partners

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Leaflets

Types of birth

Postnatal care

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Recovery

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Perineum/OASI Care Bundle

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Wound care

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Contraception

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Newborn hearing screening and health

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Feeding your baby

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Courses and further information

Parent craft

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Feeding your baby

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Information

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Useful links and leaflets

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Where to get more help and advice

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Patient testimonials

“The staff were so considerate and caring… you are all amazing and a true representation of our NHS!”

“Ward 12 at Bradford Royal Infirmary made me feel at ease and they supported me throughout it all.”

Accessibility

Please see the AccessAble pages on the Women’s and Newborn Unit at Bradford Royal Infirmary and accessible parking.

Information on general car parking at the unit is available here.

Feedback

We value feedback, both good and bad, as this helps us to continually review and develop the services we provide.

While in hospital
Please speak to your clinician.

As an outpatient
Please add your comment to our comments box below. The information you provide will be forwarded to our Patient Experience team in confidence. If you wish us to follow-up your comment and report back, please leave your contact details alongside your comment below.

Careers

Our talented and compassionate staff help care for a diverse population, making Bradford a special place to work. Choosing the right people is key to our success.

If you think you’ve got what it takes to join us, please contact us by email at careers@bthft.nhs.uk to discover more about our latest opportunities.

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