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A mother, child, and midwife

 

Midwives

In labour you will have direct care provided by a midwife. She/he will support you in your choice of position, help you make decisions about pain relief and support you when you give birth to you baby. If complications arise the midwife will involve the obstetrician in your care.


Student Midwives

Student Midwives are based at Surrey University. They are allocated to different hospitals for their clinical placements some will be working at St Peters Hospital. They work very closely with their midwives and they will help support you with their midwives in all areas of the service.


Nursery Nurses

Nursery Nurses work both on the labour ward and the post natal ward. Their main role is to help mothers look after they babies following delivery. They help support infant feeding, take general observations and take blood for essential tests if required. They also are responsible for giving mothers and fathers useful practical advice and they hold teaching sessions daily on the ward.


Maternity Assistants

Maternity Assistants work in the hospital as well as in the community. They assist both the mothers and the midwives. Their role is very varied and they are able to perform tasks such as taking blood pressures, temperatures etc and they will offer infant feeding support as well as keeping the ward stocked up and making the beds.


Obstetrician

A team of obstetricians is available 24h hours a day and will become involved in your care if complications arise. In the case of you needing a forceps/ ventouse delivery or Caesarean section this is always undertaken by a senior obstetrician.


Anaesthetist

One of the doctors you might meet when you come into hospital when you are in labour is the anaesthetist. They are there to help you should you require an epidural or spinal anaesthetic to help you cope with the pain of labour, or if you require a Caesarean section. The anaesthetists provide a 24 hours service and also available for other procedures where specialist pain relief is required.


Neonatologist

The neonatologist is a specialist doctor responsible for all newborn babies. There are 5 consultant neonatologists in St Peters Maternity Unit.

The neonatologists are also responsible for our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

You may meet a junior neonatologist when he/she comes to the ward after the birth of your baby. They will give your baby a routine medical examination. This is usually on the first day following the birth of your baby.They are happy to discuss any issues or concerns you may have. Should your baby require follow up appointments for any reason they will also discuss these with you.

Maternity Numbers

Surrey Heartlands Pregnancy Advice Line
0300 123 5473

Ante-natal Clinic
01932 722389

Maternity Appointments
01932 722366

Joan Booker Ward
01932 722291

Neonatal Ward
01932 722667

Ultrasound Queries
01932 722665

Visiting Times

Joan Booker Ward (Antenatal and Postnatal)

08.00hrs-13.00hrs for partners only

13.00hrs-22.00hrs for all other visitors. No more than 3 visitors at a time.

Children under 16 cannot visit at any time unless they are the brother/sister of the new baby

 

Labour Ward Visiting Hours

Partner allowed anytime

In labour a maximum of two birthing partners.

For all other visitors - visiting times are 2-4pm, 6-8pm. Only two visitors at a time during this period.

Children under the age of 16 are not able to visit unless they are siblings.

This is to improve patient safety, reduce infection risks, maintain a lean environment and to allow families quiet time to bond with their baby.