Temporary changes to our services - COVID-19
Visiting restrictions are in place at Rotherham Hospital. Please visit our visiting restrictions page for the most up to date information about our restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The following leaflet has been put together by Rotherham's Maternity Team and includes information about adjustments the Trust has made to Maternity Services during the COVID-19 pandemic, national links to further information and information about your care during pregnancy, labour and after your baby is born. Please note that this is a guide only and may change at any time.
Care during pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period during COVID-19
If you have any concerns please call our Maternity Triage Line on 01709 427700 or in an emergency call 999.
Our e-midwife, Olive, is available to answer your questions via direct messaging. Her page can be found on Facebook at @Oliveemidwife or by searching 'Rotherham Maternity Services - Ask Olive'. This service is manned by experienced, fully qualified Rotherham midwives.
Further general information can be found in the leaflets below:
Coronavirus - Planning your birth
Coronavirus - Parent information for newborn babies
Maternity is the care of women and babies during pregnancy, birth and the first weeks after. Our maternity services are in the community, delivery suite on Wharncliffe Ward and our outpatient clinics are held at Greenoaks. We have midwives based both at the hospital and in the community.
Women can refer themselves directly to all of our maternity services, including Pregnancy Advisory Service (PAs), Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit (EPAU), Antenatal/day ward, triage and delivery suite.
Why have your baby at Rotherham Hospital?
Here at Rotherham Hospital we have;
- 14 birthing rooms, all with en-suite facilities
- A birthing pool
- An antenatal and postnatal ward
- A high-dependency room on the labour ward
- A pregnancy advisory service
- Baby friendly accreditation
- Excellent ward facilities
- Facilities and Midwives for a range of specialist needs
- Homebirth Service
- ITU care in Labour
- Preparing for birth and parenthood classes
- Peer support for breast-feeding for new mothers
- Specialist Care Baby Unit
- 24 hour consultants are available
- 24 hour epidural service
- Midwives who specialise in a range of areas from teenage pregnancy to diabetes
- A counselling service that you can be referred to
- We also have an afterthoughts service where women can come and discuss their experiences with a team of midwives.
For more information about baby friendly accreditation from Unicef, please click on the link for more information: Baby-Friendly accreditation from UNICEF.
Outpatients clinics for pregnant women at Rotherham Hospital
Many outpatient clinics take place at Greenoaks including ante-natal scans, although most antenatal care is provided by your community midwife.
We also publish some leaflets that you might find useful:
Smoking in pregnancy
Smoking increases the risk of:
- A miscarriage
- Premature birth
- Still birth
- Sudden infant death
An underweight baby
We are here to help all pregnant women to stop smoking and can provide stop smoking appointments within our antenatal clinics.
You can contact the service by calling 01709 423729.
Please note: Visiting restrictions are currently in place at Rotherham Hospital. Please visit our visiting restrictions page for the latest information.
Antenatal & Postnatal
Wharncliffe is based on Level B between juctions 3 and 4
Partners: 24 hours, 7 days a week
Own children: 12.30pm - 8.00pm (7 days a week)
Other visitors: 12.30pm - 1.30pm and 6.30 - 8.00pm (7 days a week) the children need to be 14 years and over.
Gynaecology (Ward B11)
All visitors: 3.30 - 4.30pm and 6.30 to 8pm (7 days a week)
Visiting times are restricted to allow rest and recuperation. We only allow your own children to visit.
Protected meal times
We operate protected meal times to allow our women to have their meals undisturbed by visitors. We kindly request that visiting is avoided during these times:
Gynaecology (Ward B11)
7.45am - 8.45am
5.45pm - 6.30pm
Antenatal & Postnatal (Wharncliffe)
12.00pm - 12.30pm
Car parking is available in the main visitors carpark at the front entrance, but for more information on carparking please click here
The maternity entrance has a barrier in place, which is operated by the security team, providing safe access to the unit for emergency vehicles, disabled patients/visitors and access for patients being collected and dropped-off.
Our department has electronic doors covered by CCTV, which you have to ask to be let in and out of. This is to protect the privacy and security of all patients, especially babies. We kindly request that all visitors and patients respect that these are in place to protect you and ensure that doors are not left open or held open to allow visitors to follow you in.
We continually assess the effectivess of our service through groups such as the Clinical Audit and Effectiveness Group, Labour Ward Forum and Governance Meetings. During these sessions, we discuss areas of practice and evaluate whether we are achieving our aims. We also feed back any compaints and problems we have from our patients to look at ways of continually improving our service.
We are always keen to hear what our service users have to say and welcome your input. Please let us know if you want to become involved in a service user group or forum.