Maternity care today is about finding what is right for you and your family, before pregnancy and for you and your baby before, during and after the birth. Local midwives, GPs and hospitals provide a choice of services. We would encourage early contact with health professionals. There are maternity units at three hospitals in the West Cheshire area. These are:
These units offer a range of services locally including home birth, labour units and specialist care. There are also hospitals outside the area, such as Liverpool Women’s Hospital, which women can go to. You should consider whether these hospitals can meet your needs.
Your midwife will be allocated to you dependant on which Children’s centre you live near to. She is contactable through the Countess of Chester Maternity Unit on:
She will look after your needs during your pregnancy and after your baby is born she will come to see you at home for approximately two weeks dependant on your needs.
You are assessed for midwife led care or shared care at the booking interview.
Midwife led care means you will be totally looked after by the midwife. The midwife no longer sees patient within the GP’s practice, all ante natal care is now at the children’s centre closest to your home or of your choice.
Shared care means that your care is shared between the midwife and the Doctors at the Countess of Chester for some appointments.
After you have had your baby you should have a Post natal check at 6 weeks. This check is with the Doctor here at Old Hall Surgery and is to check everything has settled down and for you to discuss any issues you may have. Please ask for an appointment and tell the receptionist it is for a post natal check so the Doctor can be advised.