Please click on a location below to find out more information about the maternity services provided.
Where are we located?
Our state of the art maternity service is up and running and located in our new purpose built unit on Level 4 of the new wing at Broomfield Hospital.
What does this mean to me?
If you have a post or ante natal clinic or day assessment appointment at Broomfield Hospital, please enter the hospital through the main atrium, take the public lifts to the Level 4 of the new wing and follow the signs.
What if I go into labour?
You will need to ring either the birthing suite on or labour ward on 01245 362305.
There are two dedicated lifts situated at the south entrance, near the Accident and Emergency Department entrance which will take you directly to the labour ward entrance (please park on the top floor of the multi-storey car park)
Accessing Maternity Care
Following your positive pregnancy test you can now contact your Midwife directly by telephoning: For Chelmsford Midwives - 01245 513040 (answerphone available), or click the link opposite (under contact Community Midwives) to contact a Midwife, put your answers to the questions on the email and send to the midwives, they will contact you to arrange your booking.
Maternity care is based on a system that focuses on women and their family, informed by your needs. All women in our care have access to primary maternity care services, which provide the basis for referral to other levels of maternity service. Across all levels of care, midwives, obstetricians and GPs work together to ensure all women have access to, and experience safe, satisfying maternity care. There are three levels of maternity service:
Midwife Led Maternity services
Midwife led care is available for women who experience an uncomplicated pregnancy and birth, and do not require ongoing specialist supervision or intervention. The service providers in this level are usually midwives, although GP's may also participate in providing maternity care in some locations.
Consultant Led Maternity services
This maternity service is for women who have or develop complications and require a doctor to see them during pregnancy or birth. Women are referred for medical care, provided at the same hospital or through transfer to another hospital during pregnancy or labour. Midwives are still involved, both during the antenatal period and in providing continued clinical care in labour and the postnatal period. We offer vaginal birth after caesarean with dedicated midwife clinic to advise and support you to obtain a normal birth.
Tertiary maternity services
Tertiary services are for women and babies with complex and/or rare medical conditions, who require a team of specialist care. Obstetricians are particularly essential in providing tertiary level care, with midwives still involved in providing continued clinical care, during labour and the postnatal period. Mid Essex has three hospitals that provide specialist maternity services.