We provide care for women and families to help achieve a positive transition from conception to parenthood. The maternity team is committed to helping all women to have a happy and healthy pregnancy and a safe birth of their baby. The service runs smoothly from the community to the hospital to meet the individual needs of women and their families. We aim to support all women to make informed decisions about what they want and need from their maternity care whilst also ensuring a positive maternity experience.
The Trust has two maternity units, each providing midwifery led care, with the option of a home birth service for low risk women. Please ask a community midwife about the option of a home birth and she will be pleased to discuss this in detail with you. ‘Maternity Team Care’ with a consultant obstetrician for women needing additional care is also available.
Antenatal care is provided in the community setting, in GP surgeries, at home or in one of the four hospitals:
- Doncaster Women’s Hospital
- Bassetlaw Hospital
- Mexborough Montagu Hospital
- Retford Hospital
Women who choose to give birth in hospital will ‘book’ at either Doncaster Women’s Hospital or Bassetlaw Hospital. There are no birthing facilities at Mexborough Montagu or Retford Hospitals. If you would like to visit either maternity unit prior to giving birth, please contact your community midwife who would be happy to arrange this.
If you would like to see statistical information about births at either hospital, you can find it here. In addition, you can find information on the standards of quality and safety at the hospital by visiting the Care Quality Commission (CQC) website at http://www.cqc.org.uk.
Please, note, maternity visiting is in line with our Trust’s COVID restrictions.
Just found out you are pregnant?
If you have had a positive pregnancy test, you can self-refer to our Maternity Services by registering on mypregnancynotes.com – https://www.mypregnancynotes.com/. Once you have completed the pregnancy registration form, it will automatically go to our Maternity Records Department so that you can be added to our Maternity System. Our Community Midwifery Team will be automatically notified of this. and will arrange your booking appointment within 2 weeks, for which you will be sent an appointment letter. The new ”My Pregnancy Notes” has a wealth of health advice and serves as your personal maternity records that you can add entries to – such as your personalised care plan.
If you have registered on mypregnancynotes.com for a previous pregnancy and need to let us know about a new pregnancy, please log back in to your account and select “new pregnancy” from the “My Account” menu option. On clicking the new pregnancy button you will be given the registration form to complete with the new pregnancy details. Once completed this will automatically be sent to our Maternity Services team.
Alternatively, you can phone our Maternity Records Department (01302 642814), who can complete the referral on your behalf. If you prefer to register via post, please complete the referral form and post it to: Doncaster Women’s Hospital, Community Hub, Direct Access Referral, Armthorpe Road, Doncaster, DN2 5LT
Parent Education Programme
We welcome women, partners, birth partners, family and grandparents at all our classes. The classes are free and include a wide range of topics including birth workshops; life after birth workshops, feeding your baby workshops and much much more. If you would like more information on what is available or details how to book on a course please click here.
Please note that, due to COVID-19 restrictions, classes are currently suspended. However, a virtual alternative (with online resources) is on the way.
You can follow the Trust’s Doncaster and Bassetlaw Maternity Services Facebook page, which is administrated by qualified Midwives at the Trust. Please click here.
Royal College of Obstetricians (RCOG) and Gynaecologists Report 2016
In 2016 we invited the RCOG to assess our Maternity services and provide external advice on where improvements could be made. The summary of the report and recommendations, which has been completed, can be found below:
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