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Maternity Services

Midwife holding a baby

Congratulations on your pregnancy!

The staff at Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust extend a warm welcome to you and your family.  We wish to offer a safe and high quality service.

Our aim is to be sensitive to your physical and emotional needs and to be flexible in our care so that your individual wishes are met.

We want to keep you well informed so that you can make informed choices.  Please do not hesitate to ask questions and seek advice at any time.  We hope that the information on this website will be helpful to you during your pregnancy.

Based at Leighton Hospital, we have both Consultant-led and Midwifery-led units, providing care in a semi-rural area undertaking approximately 3,000 births per year.

The service was named as "Midwifery Service of the Year" 2015 by the Royal College of Midwives in March 2015 - click here for further details about the award.

“Our aim is to provide a hospital of excellence for the local community, by continually striving to provide a first class service to meet the local needs.

“By setting high standards and being innovative we will meet the challenge of a modern NHS. At Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, we will inspire others by providing dedicated, highly motivated and appropriately trained staff, and by using resources available, we will provide a diverse health care service specifically targeting the needs of our local community.”

 

Women having babies with us are provided with the safest care available, according to a recent independent assessment. Our Maternity services underwent the thorough review in early 2014 and achieved the highest rating provided by the Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts (CNST).  For further information on this achievement, please see the press release which was issued in April 2014 - In Safe Hands - Maternity Amongst UK's Safest.

 

 

The Maternity Unit provides services for all women.  The unit consists of:

  • A team of Community Midwives providing Antenatal and Postnatal care for all women who live locally to the hospital.  Antenatal care is primarily provided in Children's Centres and GP Practices. For further information, please see the 'During Your Pregancy - Antenatal Care' section of this website (internal link).

  • An Antenatal Clinic for women who may require additional care or observation during their pregnancy.
  • A multidisciplinary diabetic Antenatal Clinic for women with pre-existing diabetes and those who develop gestational diabetes.  The team includes a Consultant Obstetrician, Consultant Diabetologist, Diabetes Specialist Nurse, Midwife for the diabetes clinic and a Dietitian.
  • The Antenatal Day Assessment Unit (ANDAU) is a day unit for women to be reviewed in order to prevent unnecessary hospital admission. For further information, please see the ANDAU section of this website (internal link).

  • A Triage system operates within the Labour Ward to assess women in order to provide appropriate advice and care. Further information is available on the Maternity Triage section of this website (internal link). 
Maternity - Labour Ward Room
One of the Labour Ward Rooms
  • A brand new Midwifery-led unit consisting of three rooms, all with birthing pool and en-suite facilities. For information on where to have your baby, please see the 'Where To Have Your Baby' section of this website (internal link). 
  • A newly refurbished mixed Antematal and Postnatal Ward with five 4 bedded bays and seven individual rooms with en-suite facilities.
  • We also have a Level 2 Neonatal Unit with experienced neonatal nurses and neonatologists if required.
  • The Trust provides training for student midwives and medical students.  You may be asked if they can participate in your care throughout your pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period as part of their training.  If you have any worries, please discuss them with your Midwife.  The students will be under the supervision of a qualified Midwife or Doctor at all times.