Should an inpatient stay be required either during pregnancy or following the birth of your baby, you will be transferred to our Maternity Ward. Many people feel the Maternity Ward's temperature is quite high, this is to keep newborn babies warm. It is advisable that you pack cool, comfortable clothing and that your visitors dress appropriately.

Our Maternity Ward is staffed by a dedicated team of Midwives and Health Care Assistants. Other members of the team include Obstetricians, Paediatricians, Infant Feeding Support Workers, and Newborn Hearing Screeners who you may provide care to you or your baby.

After the birth of your baby

We are here to provide care to you and your baby within the first few days following birth. All our team are able to assist new parents with the care of your new baby, whether this is assisting in nappy changing, providing bath demonstrations, or feeding your baby.

At Leighton Hospital we are committed to breastfeeding and in support of the UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative. We are a Baby Friendly Accredited unit. We are extremely proud of the success that we have had in encouraging more parents to breastfeed. All of our Midwives and support staff are trained to provide feeding support to new parents.

For more information about after the birth of your baby follow the link below:

What happens when you arrive on the Maternity Ward?

Upon arrival to the Maternity Ward you will be shown the layout and facilities by a member of staff. 

You will have an individual bedside locker for your personal items, but storage space is limited.  Please do not bring large amounts of money or valuables as Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage to patients' money or property unless they are locked up for safe-keeping and an official receipt obtained.

Once discharged home, our contact number is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for you to call should you have any non-urgent concerns about yourself or your baby.

Amenity Beds

The Maternity Ward has a limited number of individual rooms available with ensuite facilities. The charge is £100.00 per night to a maximum of £300.00 (regardless your length of stay, you will only be charged for three nights). Please be aware that priority will be given to women who have a clinical need for these rooms.

Enquires about a side room should be made upon admission to the Maternity Ward, or following the birth of your baby prior to transfer to the Maternity Ward. The fees are to be paid following your stay and are used for the continual improvement of services at the hospital.

Visitors

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Visiting times on the Maternity Ward for one identified support person - 10am - 10pm.
Two additional visitors (three in total including your identified support person) are avle to visit between 2:30-4:30pm, daily. Women's own children or sublings of the baby are able to visit 2:30-4:30pm as the additional visitors.

Hand Hygiene

When visiting someone in hospital, always clean your hands using soap and water and alcohol hand rubs. Do this when you enter and leave a patient’s room or hospital bay, or other areas of the hospital.

Security

The doors to the Maternity Ward are kept locked and access is via a video/intercom.  All visitors need to press the intercom and identify themselves to gain access.

We advise parents never to hand over their baby to any person that is not known to them, even if they act or look like a member of staff.  All staff should be wearing identification badges.

Discharge information

Before going home from the Maternity Ward, the Midwife will ensure that you have the information you require to keep your baby safe and look after them appropriately.