Your care will be given by Midwives, obstetricians or a combination in hospitals, midwife led birth centres and community settings.
These pages provide information for you on:
The types of care offered during pregnancy and childbirth in providing maternity services
Birthing pool facilities
The various options you may want to consider during pregnancy e.g. the team who gives your care and where you have your care
Up to date health information and advice for your pregnancy and birth
How to get the most out of the care you receive.
If you are having a baby, or thinking about becoming pregnant, you will want to know and think about the types of care offered by our maternity services.
Accessing Maternity Care
Following your positive pregnancy test you can now contact your Midwife directly by telephoning 01245 362305 (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.
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Mid Essex Hospital Trust Statement re Bounty
We have recently been contacted by women expressing concerns over the findings of the Mumsnet Survey which reviewed the practice of Bounty within Maternity Services in NHS organisations.
The survey outlined issues related to Bounty described as: invasion of privacy, sharing of personal data, and the use of commercial sales representatives on postnatal wards.
Mid Essex Hospital Trust has had a Distribution Agreement with Bounty since 2006. All employees of Bounty work closely with the midwives on the postnatal ward and ensure they maintain the dignity and respect of the women using our service. They provide a discreet service within this specific ward area and will not visit women immediately after the birth.
The Head of Midwifery acknowledges the concerns raised by Mumsnet and will continue to closely monitor the provision of the service by Bounty on the postnatal ward. Should you have any questions or comments regarding Bounty or any other area of our maternity services please do talk to a member of our maternity team who will be happy to assist.
Update October 2018: The Trust has implemented an opt-out card scheme, where women will be given the option not to be contacted by Bounty should they so wish.
Please click here to download the card. The card will also be available on the wards.