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Maternity Services

Welcome to our Maternity Services

We employ around 6,000 staff who deliver compassionate care from our two main hospitals, Calderdale Royal Hospital and Huddersfield Royal Infirmary as well as in community sites, health centres and in patients’ homes.

We have a 300 strong team of staff who deliver maternity services 365 days a year across our two sites. We have approximately 5300 births per year. We know that having a baby can be an exciting time, but also a time when you have lots of questions. We hope that you find our website informative and that it helps you to plan your care during pregnancy, birth and beyond. 

Our team of midwives, maternity support workers, obstetricians, anaesthetists, paediatricians, theatre staff, sonographers, domestic staff and catering staff look forward to meeting you and to working with you to help you to make informed choices about your care. Our aim is to provide high-quality, safe care that meets your individual needs and that of your baby. Whether you chose to have your baby at home, in one of our birth centres or on our labour ward we want you to have the best birth experience.

Our maternity team work with service users and providers across West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership to make sure that women and their families experience care that is safe, responsive and respectful, delivered by high performing teams and in organisations which are well led where innovation and continuous learning are at the heart of all we do. If you would like to learn more about ways in which we work across our Local Maternity System (LMS) please click here.  

If you are pregnant and live in Calderdale and Huddersfield please contact your local community midwifery team as soon as you know you are pregnant so that we can arrange to meet with you and plan your care. The list of Community numbers is can be found on the right hand side under Useful contacts.

Meet the team

Meet the team

Senior management team

Senior management team

Anne-Marie Henshaw

Anne-Marie Henshaw

Hello, my name is Anne-Marie. I am Associate Director of Nursing and Head of Midwifery. I am a member of the Divisional senior management team responsible for providing assurance to the Trust Board that services are safe, high quality and well-led. I am the professional lead for nurses and midwives and lead the strategic improvement and development of the service.

I am tremendously proud to work at CHFT; we have a great team of midwives, doctors and support workers who are committed to working with you to make sure your care is compassionate and personalised

Gail Wright

Gail Wright

Hi, my name is Gail. I have been in post since August 2016 my role includes strategic and operational responsibilities; my passion is women centred care and supporting the multidisciplinary team to deliver a gold standard of care to the maternity service users here at CHFT.

Gill Harries

Gill Harries

Hi, my name is Gill. I am a Nurse and Health visitor by background who has worked as a General Manager for the past 6 years. My current role is a non-clinical one which is working as part of a management team with overall operational management of Women’s and Children’s services.

Lois Mellor

Lois Mellor

Hi, my name is Lois. I am a Registered Midwife and Nurse with 30 years’ experience, and have worked for a number of Trusts throughout the UK. I have a broad clinical background having worked in many areas of maternity services including risk and governance. I have worked for CHFT for 4 years as Matron for Inpatients, and  I am passionate about providing excellent care to women and their families. 

Joyce Ayre

Joyce Ayre

Hi, my name is Joyce and I am currently the Senior Clinical Midwifery Manager for Calderdale and Huddersfield community midwifery teams, both Birth Centres and some of the specialist midwives. I trained as a nurse starting way back in 1978, then qualified as a midwife in 1993. I have a background in community; birth centre and multi-agency working and I am passionate about women and family centred care. Becoming a parent is a life changing event and being able to support and empower women and families to have the best journey possible is key to a positive start to parenting. When I am not working, I enjoy seeing all my grandchildren, pottering in the garden and I am told I am not a bad cook!

Julie Mellor

Julie Mellor

Hi, my name is Julie. I am Lead Nurse/Matron for Children’s Services with 30 years' experience within the NHS. I am Matron for the following areas ; Neonatal Intensive Care, Children’s Ward CRH, Ward 18 HRI, Children’s Outpatients cross site, Rainbow Child Development Services and Children’s Community services. I have a keen interest in improving the patient experience for families accessing our services with the aim of getting things right the first time.

Karen Spencer

Karen Spencer

Hi, my name is Karen. I am a midwife and nurse and have worked at CHFT since 2000. I have experience in all aspects of maternity care with a special interest in providing care to women with high risk pregnancies. I am currently Matron for Gynaecology Services working closely with colleagues in our Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit and Yorkshire fertility.

Sue Townend

Sue Townend

Hi, my name is Sue. I have been a midwife for over 33 years and have a wealth of experience in all aspects of midwifery. I am particularly interested in supporting women to achieve the best birth possible, and supporting them in expressing their hopes and wishes. I am involved in clinical practice through antenatal clinics with women who have previously had caesarean section or women who have individual more complex needs, and through postnatal work supporting the Perineal Trauma Clinic and debrief. I am also involved in supporting education and midwifery research and I am involved in facilitating KG Hypnobirthing  classes in the Trust. Each day continues to bring new and exciting challenges and experiences, which inform my practice. I am also very lucky to be learning every day from my growing family as the arrival of grandchildren is keeping me very up to date!

Rob Aitchison

Rob Aitchison

Hi, my name is Rob.  I am responsible for overseeing the operational performance of services within the Families and Specialist Services division.  This includes Women’s, Children’s, Diagnostics, Outpatients and Pharmacy services.  I’ve worked in the Trust since 2009 and prior to this completed the NHS national management scheme.

Consultants

Consultants

Dr Julie Goddard

Dr Julie Goddard

Hi,  My name is Julie . I've been working at CHFT for 10 years in my role as Consultant Obstetrician, having done all my training in the North East of England. I am currently the  lead obstetrician for labour ward and I work with a fantastic team ensuring women have safe and effective care on the labour ward.  I run a weekly high risk antenatal clinic and have a special interest in providing care for women who have experienced previous stillbirth or late pregnancy loss. I also lead the antenatal diabetic clinic at Calderdale  along with my medical colleague. I offer an ECV clinic for women with a breech baby at the end of pregnancy and I supervise or perform planned Caesarean sections. I teach and train midwives and doctors in the management of obstetric emergencies

Dr Fifydani Shamsudin

Dr Fifydani Shamsudin

Hello, I’m Fi. I’ve worked at CHFT for 3 years having completed my training in the North West. I have a special interest in high risk Obstetrics and Medical Disorders in pregnancy. I believe in providing high quality, personalised and compassionate care to women and their families.  I am very proud of our teamwork.

Mr Amer Elbaba

Mr Amer Elbaba

Hi, I am Amer, I am a consultant with 13 years of NHS experience having worked in several units across the UK. I look after women during their pregnancy, labour and after they give birth. I work closely with the team to empower women to have a say in their management and I do my very best to accommodate their individual needs and expectations . I have special interest in looking after women with bladder, bowels, sexual and perineal problems both during the pregnancy and afterwards. I lead the perineal trauma clinic as well. I have an interest in medical education and I am the RCOG college tutor for our unit.

Clinical Managers

Clinical Managers

Laura Douglas

Laura Douglas

Hi, my name is Laura. I am clinical manager for labour ward and Maternity assessment. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and 2 dogs.

Janine Mellor

Janine Mellor

Hi, my name is Janine. I am Induction of Labour suite and Ward 9 clinical manager. My passion is an amazing experience for families in our services and delivering the highest standard of care.  Outside of work my passion is spending time with my beautiful family.

Carol Sarr

Carol Sarr

Hi, my name is CaroI. I have worked for NHS since 2003. I am the Ward manager for both Calderdale and Huddersfield family birth centres. I am passionate about promoting positive birth experiences, normal birth and supporting staff to deliver safe and effective care. I look forward to work and enjoy seeing families leave hospital with their baby.

Paula McMahon

Paula McMahon

Hi, my name is Paula. I am the Antenatal Clinic Manager for Calderdale and Huddersfield. I undertook my nurse and midwifery training at Bradford and qualified as a midwife 1992. I have worked at Calderdale Royal Hospital for 20 years in various roles from community midwifery to working within the antenatal screening team. I remain passionate about midwifery and the care we offer to woman and families. In my spare time I enjoy long walks with my two very enthusiastic, lively spaniels and spending time with my fantastic family and friends.

Keeley Lowe

Keeley Lowe

Hi, my name is Keeley. I am clinical Midwifery manager for Calderdale community Midwifery service, I trained to be a midwife with the Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS foundation trust before starting my career as a newly qualified Midwife in East Lancashire. I returned to CHFT in 2014 and have worked in most clinical areas within maternity. I have worked in community for the last 3 years and I am passionate about Midwifery and the care we provide to women and their families.  Outside of work I am a wife and mummy to 2 young children and I love spending my time with my family and friends.

Linda Hill

Linda Hill

Hi, my name is Linda.  I am Clinical Midwifery manager for Huddersfield Community. I work part time and I am based at Park Valley Mills, Lockwood, Huddersfield with the Community Midwifery teams. I trained as a Nurse and a Midwife in Halifax and have always worked for CHFT since 1971. My career path has been rooted in Community, normal midwifery and care of vulnerable groups of women. Outside work, I love being a Granny to my 5 grandchildren and spending time with amazing family and friends.

Wendy Kilner

Wendy Kilner

Hi, my name is Wendy. I am the Neonatal Clinical Manager for Trust. I have been a nurse for forty years starting my career working in theatre before moving to Neonates in 1993. During this time I have had many roles from senior Neonatal nurse, clinical facilitator to my present role as clinical manager. My aim is to ensure that the care provided on the neonatal unit is based on evidence and that the team work with families to ensure the experience remains positive. My hobbies include knitting, walking on the moors and working with the animals on our small holding. 

Specialist midwives

Specialist midwives

Kim Walsh, June Thomas, Alison Lowe and Kate Heighway.

Hello, we are the Specialist Midwives. We are a team of Specialist Midwives and Clinical Leads who may input to your care if you have any complex issues during pregnancy.  Our aim is to ensure that your baby comes into the world safe and healthy.  Input from a Specialist Midwife or Clinical Lead will be supportive and non-judgmental and may include working with other local agencies. We also have two ‘early help’ Midwives who provide extra support through one to one care. The issues we can support with are listed below:

·         Alcohol

·         Anxiety

·         Cannabis

·         Depression

·         Domestic abuse

·         Learning disability

·         Mental health diagnosis

·         Overweight

·         Recent migrants

·         Smoking

·         Street drugs

·         Teenage pregnancy

Maternity patient safety team

Maternity patient safety team

Hello, we are the Maternity patient safety team. We are a team that is here to support you. We are here to actively listen and respond to help make your experiences as easy as possible. We help empower our teams to provide the skills they need to provide safe and high quality care for you.

Maternity Screening team

Maternity Screening team

Hello, we are the screening team. The team members are Sandra Birkinshaw, team Coordinator, Nicola Pilkington team Coordinator, Alison Taylor Screening midwife and Jill Hickey administrative support. We provide support to you in pregnancy and beyond.

Hearing screening team

Hearing screening team

Hello, we are a team of highly trained staff who will see your baby after they are born to check their hearing. We will visit you and your baby on Labour ward, ward 9, ward 1D, the birth centres and if your baby is on the special care baby unit.

Infant feeding team

Infant feeding team

Hello, we are Claire, Anita and Marilyn and we are the Infant feeding team. The Trust employs specialist midwives who are also qualified as lactation consultants. As lactation consultants we are knowledgeable in all areas and can help with both basic and complex breastfeeding challenges either whilst in hospital or at one of our Baby Café sessions.

Our services

Our services

Community midwifery services

Community midwifery services

Across the Calderdale and Huddersfield Community Midwifery service we offer care throughout pregnancy, birth and beyond.

The community midwives work with a number of other services to ensure you receive the highest quality and safest care possible. We have a number of specialist midwives and professionals to support women with specific health and social needs.

Community midwives work in small teams of 4-8 providing care from your first appointment in pregnancy to around 14 days after the birth of your baby. You will have a named midwife to co-ordinate your care but you may also see other members of the team. Each team has at least one Midwifery Support Worker who may also be involved in your care. If you are also under the care of a consultant you will often have several appointments at the hospital instead of in community, however your midwife is always there for you if you need her. Please see the front of your pink notes for phone numbers.

Our community teams provide ante and post-natal care at clinics which are held in GP surgeries, local Children’s Centres, CRH and Acre Mills, Huddersfield. Home visits can be arranged according to need.

What to expect

Antenatal care

Routine appointments

1st baby

2nd+ baby

8-10 weeks

Booking appointment, blood test

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12 weeks

Dating scan - hospital

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16 weeks

Antenatal check – clinic / home

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18-21 weeks

Anatomy scan - hospital

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25 weeks

Antenatal check

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28 weeks

Antenatal check & blood test

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31/32 weeks

Antenatal check

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34 weeks

Antenatal check

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36/37 weeks

Antenatal check / Birth Plan

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38/39 weeks

Antenatal check

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41 weeks

Antenatal check

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Postnatal care is offered at home and in clinics for your convenience.

Postnatal care

Routine appointments

1st baby

2nd+ baby

First visit

First day after discharge

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Day 3

If breastfeeding - support / weigh

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Day 5

Newborn screening blood test /weigh baby

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Day 10-14

Postnatal check & discharge Transfer to health visitor/ GP

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For expert and ongoing support with breastfeeding visit one of the Baby Cafés

How to get in touch with a Midwife?

If you live in Huddersfield you will be allocated a Midwife according to your GP surgery, please ring your GP to arrange an appointment for when you're 8 weeks pregnant, our aim is to complete your booking by 10 weeks 2 days. Some GP’s prefer you to contact the Midwife directly – please use the online form here.

Community Midwifery Manager - Linda Hill. Admin - Larissa Hardcastle.

Base for all teams, The Lodge, Park Valley Mills, Meltham Road, Huddersfield, HD4 7BH

South TeamGeneral Enquiries: 01484 355731 - Dalton, Almondbury, Rawthorpe, Scissett, Kirkburton, Waterloo, Moldgreen, Kirkheaton, Lepton, Skelmanthorpe, Clayton West, Denby Dale, Shepley, Emley, Holmfirth, Honley, Meltham.

Central Team -  General Enquiries: 01484 355743 - Birkby, Fartown, Lindley, Marsh, Deighton, Paddock, Bradley, Town centre.

Colne Valley TeamGeneral Enquiries: 01484 355754 - Slaithwaite, Golcar, Crosland Moor, Lockwood, Netherton, Milnsbridge, Linthwaite, Newsome, Marsden, Aspley.


If you live in Calderdale you will be allocated a named Midwife according to your home address, please phone your nearest team to make an appointment for when you are around 8 weeks pregnant. Our aim is to complete your booking by 10 weeks 2 days.

Community Midwifery Manager – Keely Lowe.  Admin – Teresa Connolly - based at Broad Street.

Calder TeamValley Medical Centre, Hebden Bridge, HX7 7BZ. General Enquiries: 07909 658033 - Todmorden, Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd, Ripponden, Sowerby Bridge

Ribble TeamBrighouse Health Centre, HD6 1NY. General Enquiries: 01484 728934 - Brighouse, Elland, Rastrick, Northowram, Shelf

Swale Team Innovations Children Centre, HX2 8DQ. General Enquiries: 01422 251095 - Ovenden, Illingworth Mixenden, Pellon

Wharfe Team Broad Street Plaza, HX1 1UB & Jubilee Children's Centre, HX1 5NB General Enquiries: Broad Street 01422 261364. Jubilee 01422 360336 -Central Halifax, Boothtown, Siddal

**Team phone numbers often go to answer phone as the Midwives are usually busy in clinic, the messages are checked once a day Monday to Friday.

If you live outside of Calderdale/Kirklees boundaries and you wish to have your baby with us, please use the self-referral form here. You will be sent an appointment to attend the hospital antenatal clinic for your booking and plan of care.

Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit

Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit

The Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit (EPAU) is a specialist assessment centre for early pregnancy should your doctor, midwife or A&E require you to have further investigations or if there is are any concerns in the first trimester of your pregnancy. This for example includes spotting, bleeding, pain, severe vomiting, or if a doctor wants you to have an early scan in view of any previous relevant medical or obstetric history. You may be referred to EPAU by A&E, your GP or community midwife from 7-16 weeks gestation. EPAU operates at CRH and provides a service seven days a week with clinics running between 8-10am and 13:30 - 15:30pm.

Antenatal Clinic

Antenatal Clinic

CHFT provides Antenatal clinics at both hospital sites offering a full range of care.

You are usually referred to the Antenatal clinic by your midwife or GP. However, if you live out of our catchment area you can self-refer to birth with us using the CHFT homepage.

Our commitment is to provide you and your family with the highest level of care whilst working together to ensure you feel supported and listened to, whilst respecting your individual values and beliefs.

Our Teams include: Consultant Obstetricians, Midwives, Consultant Midwife, Maternity support workers, Reception team and Sonographers.

We can offer you help for –

·         Diabetes - Consultant Obstetrician, Consultant Diabetologist, Diabetic specialist, Nurse, Diabetic Specialist Midwife.

·         Joint Haematology(arthritis) clinic

·         Epilepsy - Consultant Obstetrician, Epilepsy specialist nurse.

·         Fetal medicine Consultant- Providing Consultant lead scans in pregnancy. The Antenatal Screening midwives work closely within the team to offer you support and guidance when required.

·         Lifestyle clinic – offering support and guidance for exercise, and healthy lifestyle in pregnancy.

·         Substance misuse – Working closely with Specialist Midwives our expert team of midwives and doctors work together to give you the care and support you need in your Pregnancy.

Maternity Assessment Clinic

Maternity Assessment Clinic

Based at CRH the Maternity Assessment Centre(MAC) provides 24/7 cover to you when you have booked with our maternity service over 16 weeks gestation and up to 6 weeks after you have had your baby. Our team will assess you over the phone or by you coming to the unit, whether it be a self-referral, an appointment or referral by a doctor.

If you think you might be going in to labour, your waters have broken, you are experiencing bleeding or have any other concerns about yourself or your baby - you can contact our MAC by telephone 24/7 days a week where you will be able to speak to a midwife.

In MAC, our aim is to triage you within 30 minutes of arrival and aim for a total stay of less than 4 hours. As a team, we strive to provide safe, timely and effective assessments which allow us to make a plan of care specific to the needs of you and your family. If you need to attend MAC it's helpful if you can bring with you any hand-held records that you have.

**Useful information:

Maternity Assessment leaflet

Symptoms Checker

Fetal Movements

Think your waters might have broken? 

Induction of Labour suite

Induction of Labour suite

Our Induction of Labour(IOL) Suite is on Ward 9 at CRH. We will look after you if you are admitted to hospital for an induction. You will be on one of our en-suite side rooms and cared for by our dedicated midwifery team until you are ready to be moved to labour ward. There are facilities for your birth partner to stay with you throughout and our team of experienced midwives will support you both along your journey through the induction process.

On admission you will be shown to the ward and your room. We will tailor your meal times to suit you and make sure you have enough refreshments.

When you are admitted your designated midwife will explain the IOL process. We will then perform baseline observations (e.g. temperature, blood pressure and pulse), check your urine and palpate your abdomen to get the position of your baby. We will then do a tracing of your baby’s heartbeat called a Cardiotocograph (CTG). One we know both you and baby are happy and you are not having any uterine activity then we will perform a vaginal examination to see how favourable your cervix is. We use something called a bishop score to see how easy it would be to break your waters, generally this is possible if your bishop score is higher than 7. If not, we will insert a removable pessary called Propess behind the cervix. This pessary stays there for 24hrs and during this time you are encouraged to mobilise and keep active. The aim of your stay on Ward 9 is to get you to the point where we are able to break your waters. We monitor the health and wellbeing of both you and baby during this time and you will continue to have routine observations and checks. This is specific to what you are being induced for and your midwife will explain this fully. Please see our IOL brochure for more details here.

Visiting Times:

One Birth Partner: 24hr visiting (facilities to stay overnight)

General Visiting (2 people per bed): 0800-2000

Labour and Delivery suite

Labour and Delivery suite

Based at CRH our labour ward provides a consultant led facility for you when you requiring additional support or input during your pregnancy. Here we strive to provide the highest standard of personalised care, always ensuring you are at the very centre of all decision making.

On the labour ward we have 16 en-suite single rooms and a 4-bedded bay which are configured in a way to provide the following care: labour rooms, rooms for you when you require closer observation either before or after you’ve had your baby, and an antenatal area. We also have one birthing pool to support an active water birth for you when you require consultant led care but are wishing to have a water birth.

Our labour rooms are set up in a way that the facilities can be adjusted to meet your needs. We can support both active birth or facilitate care of an epidural. Our midwives will work with you to support you in achieving a personalised birth adapting to any changing circumstances throughout your labour.

Following the birth of your baby you may remain with us on the Labour Ward or be transferred to one of our two postnatal wards for additional support and ongoing care. For some women if all is well you may be supported to have a discharge home from hospital from around 6 hours following the birth of your baby. If this is the case, we would aim to get you home in a timely manner, but this is dependant on various checks and processes that need to be carried out.

Visiting Times:

0800-2000: Birth Partners (24hr visiting in Labour and Maternity step down rooms)

1000-1200: Grandparents

1400-2000: General visiting (2 per bed)

Birth Centres

Birth Centres

At Huddersfield and Calderdale Birth Centres we have a dedicated team of experienced midwives who are able to support you to have a natural, active birth whilst providing compassionate and safe care.

Research suggests that having your baby in a Birth Centre can increase the chances of achieving a normal birth and reduce the risks of intervention, such as, assisted birth, episiotomy, need for medicinal pain relief and caesarean section (Birthplace study, 2011). Women who have their babies at a birth centre are more likely to have a water birth and report higher levels of birth satisfaction.

Our birth centres are small units which offer a comfortable environment for birth. Centres are suitable for women who are ‘low risk’ to give birth. Our birth centres are staffed by experienced midwives and maternity support workers, with no doctors in the birth centres.

CRH Birth Centre (CRH BC)

At CRH BC, you will be provided with one to one care when you are in labour and we encourage you to bring your birth partner to support you. You will have access to medical support in an emergency within the hospital by transferring from the ground floor to the 2nd floor. We have the facilities to accommodate birth partners so you do not have to be separated in those important first hours as a family. We have 24/7 open visiting for your families and friends. 

Huddersfield Family Birth Centre (HFBC)

HFBC is a freestanding birth centre based at HRI. It is separate from the rest of maternity services providing care for labour and birth. At HFBC you will be provided with one to one care when you are in labour and we encourage you to bring your birth partner to support you. We have the facilities here to accommodate birth partners so you do not have to be separated in those important first hours as a family. We have 24/7 open visiting for your families and friends.
There are kitchen facilities for you to use and a quiet room just in case you need some time to yourself. 

Ward 9

Ward 9

Ward 9 provides care for you and your baby once you have given birth. There are 2 four bedded bays for you to stay after you have had your baby. Our team of experienced midwives and family support workers will provide assistance with every aspect of care for you and your baby 24 hours a day.

During your stay you will have routine observations and daily checks. This is specific to what you are in hospital for and your midwife will explain this fully.

When you're transferred to the ward after having your baby your midwife will monitor the health and well-being of yourself and baby. We provide round the clock feeding support specific to you and your baby’s needs, and have a dedicated team of staff on hand to help. A doctor may be asked to review you if there are concerns regarding your postnatal recovery, however it may not be required for you to see a doctor before you go home. We aim to get you home as soon as possible but only when it is safe and appropriate to do so. Discharging you home is reliant on a number of processes and it may be required for you to stay longer due to the needs of yourself or your baby. Our aim is to keep you informed throughout your stay, if you are unsure please ask us to update you.

Visiting Times:

0800-2000: One Birth Partner & other children

1430-2000: General visiting (2 visitors per bed)

Ward 1d

Ward 1d

Ward 1D is a postnatal ward. The lay out of the ward is made up of 2 x 4 bedded bays and 1 x 3 bedded bay with 3 single rooms.

Here on ward 1D we are responsible for the elective Lower Segment Caesarean Section (LSCS) list each morning. The list runs Monday to Fridays, and we have the capacity to perform 3 Elective LSCS a day. The ward staff are part of a wider team that supports the pre-assessment clinic which takes place in the antenatal clinic. This pre-assessment clinic allows us to gather the right information to provide you with the best possible care, it allows us to provide you with the right information prior to your caesarean and gives you the opportunity to meet some of the team who might look after you during your stay.

We not only care for women following elective LSCS but look after you following any type of birth. During your stay you will have routine observations and daily checks. This is specific to what you are in hospital for and your midwife will explain this fully.

When you are transferred to the ward after having your baby your midwife will again monitor the health and wellbeing of yourself and baby. We provide round the clock feeding support specific to you and your baby’s needs, and have a dedicated team of staff on hand to help. A doctor may be asked to review you if there are concerns regarding your postnatal recovery, however it may not be required for you to see a doctor before you go home. We aim to get you home as soon as possible but only when it is safe and appropriate to do so. Discharging you home is reliant on a number of processes and it may be required for you to stay longer due to the needs of yourself or your baby. Our aim is to keep you informed throughout your stay, if you are unsure please ask us to update you.

 

Visiting Times:

0800-2000: One Birth Partner and other siblings

1430-2000: General visiting (2 per bed)

Neonatal unit

Neonatal unit

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is a 22 bed ward where babies are admitted following birth or in the immediate postnatal period. The staff that will help care for your baby includes Clinical Nurse Manager, Nurses, Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioners (ANPP), doctors, consultants and support staff.

Some admissions to NICU are expected, for example for babies that are born prematurely, however NICU will admit and care for your baby if they become unwell whilst on the ward. NICU will care for your baby born from 27 weeks onwards. Babies born before 27 weeks will be transferred to a more specialist unit with a dedicated team of staff when it is safe and appropriate to do so.

NICU consists of four areas: Intensive care, High dependency, the nursery and Jake's nursery. Each area is specific to the needs of your baby.

NICU also has 3 side rooms for parents to use for reasons such as getting both parents and baby ready for discharge home.

Visiting Times:

24hr visiting for parents

1000-1400 - 1600-1900: for grandparents, family and friends >16 years of age (2 visitors per bed)

1000-1400 - 1600-1900: for siblings of the baby

1400-1600: Quiet Time (parents only)

Children's ward

Children's ward

Welcome to Ward 3, this is the children’s ward at CRH.

About Us

We have a 38 bedded unit mainly caring for medically unwell children and young people aged 0-16 years.

The ward is split into 4 pods;

·         3A – Paediatric Observation & Assessment Unit

·         3B – High Dependency & General Medical

·         3C – Complex Care & General Medical

·         3D – Day Surgery & General Medical

The ward is a mixture of beds and single cubicles, if you are admitted to the ward with your baby you will be cared for in a single cubicle with an en-suite facility. We provide a bed for one parent to stay with your baby.

What to expect during your stay

You may be referred to the children’s ward from your community midwife or baby café for further investigations/observations/support from our paediatric trained doctors and nurses. This may be due to many reasons but most commonly will be due to your baby having jaundice or difficulty with feeding.

Nurses will take your baby’s observations, a brief history and your contact details. After this your baby may start phototherapy (light) treatment or feeding support before being seen by a doctor or an advanced nurse practitioner.

Your baby may need to have some blood samples taken during their stay and you may need to stay in overnight with your baby.

Click here to watch our Children's ward video.

What do you need to bring to hospital?

Sometimes babies are admitted and parents are unable to bring any belongings from home for the hospital stay; we generally have the basics you may need for your stay i.e. towels but if you’re able to bring a hospital bag with you here are some examples of what you may need:

o             Pyjamas

o             Medication you or your baby may need

o             Toiletries

o             Nappies

o             Formula Milk (if applicable)

o             Any specific food you need during your stay

o             Phone Charger

If you are a breastfeeding Mum you will be provided with meals, however anyone is welcome to bring their own food. We have a parent’s room on the ward with kitchen facilities. 

Visiting Times

We have an open visiting policy for parents but only provide sleeping facilities for one parent to stay.

Any other visitors can visit between 10am and 7.30pm, 2 people to a bedside at any one time.

Bring Me Food

From the feedback we have received via our Friends and Family test (which we give out before you and your baby are discharged), we introduced a service called “Bring Me Food”. This service provides the option for hot meals and drinks to be delivered to parents and carers on the ward area so they do not have to leave their baby. This service operates until 2pm Monday till Friday.

Contact Us

Ward 3 – 01422 223277

Calderdale Royal Hospital – 01422 357171

Ward 3, 2nd Floor (Accessed via Lift 1 or Lift 3)

Calderdale Royal Hospital

Salterhebble

Halifax

HX3 0PW

 **We operate barrier car parking as well as pay and display car parking. How you need to pay will differ as to where you park. However, we do offer parking permits to parents that are admitted overnight; please feel free to ask staff about this during your stay with us.

 

 

Your pregnancy

Your pregnancy

Congratulations on the news of your pregnancy. We understand that this is both an exciting and anxious time. The information below aims to provide you with as much knowledge and understanding to help guide you through your pregnancy.

Your first appointment

Your first appointment

This can also be referred to as your booking appointment and usually takes place between 6-10 weeks. It is important to book this appointment as we have lots of things we like to discuss with you. You can contact a midwife directly by phoning your nearest team. The midwifery numbers are located under useful contacts.

If you are trying for a baby, or when your pregnancy is confirmed we advise that you begin taking folic acid and vitamin D supplements, avoid certain foods and refrain from smoking and drinking alcohol (there is support available to help you to do this – just ask us). Find out all you need to know from our recommended websites, NHS Choices and Tommy’s.

·         NHS Choices

·         Tommy’s

You might also want to find out about antenatal screening before your booking appointment as we want you to understand the information before you choose your screening package. Please see the Screening section below for more in depth details.

Smoking

Smoking

**If you smoke, stopping is the single most important thing you can do to reduce the risk of harm to your baby. It’s best if other family members who smoke can all stop at the same time.

E-cigarettes

Lots of people are using e-cigarettes to help them stop smoking. Public Health England have looked at all the research evidence currently available and report that e-cigarettes are 95% less harmful than cigarettes. So we support the use of e-cigarettes during pregnancy to help you stop smoking.

Quitting can be hard but it’s easier with specialist support.

If you live in Calderdale, Yorkshire Smoke Free can help in lots of different ways depending on your preference and what’s available in your area. They offer telephone support, face to face sessions and an online quit program.

The service is free, friendly and flexible and you will always have access to their specialist advisors who have helped 1000s of people to go smoke-free.

http://yorkshiresmokefree.nhs.uk/

Tel: 0800 6120011 (landline)  01422 262373 (Local office)  03306601166 (mobile)

If you live in Huddersfield you can contact your GP, local pharmacy or Auntie Pam’s for help to stop smoking. If you prefer online support visit:  https://www.nhs.uk/smokefree or there are lots of smartphone apps that can help you.

Remember! Smoking increases the risk of miscarriage, premature birth, growth-restricted babies, stillbirth, and cot-death.

Diet, health and welbeing

Diet, health and welbeing

There are both local and national resources aimed to give you lots of information and support on ways to keep healthy and happy during your pregnancy. Here are some useful resources below:

Start4life: Sign up for the free emails, they're really good!

Whatever you want to know about being pregnant, from early pregnancy signs to which prenatal vitamins you should take, you should find it on the NHS start4life website. The site aims to give you the essential guide and lots of free tools for having a healthy, happy baby. Click here to visit the website.

If you live in Calderdale:

The Better Living Team at Calderdale Council deliver a wide range of packages on their website. They are a friendly, down to earth, team that welcomes everyone who comes through their doors. They are here to help you through your own health challenges, with many of the staff having their own personal experiences.

They can help people to lose weight, or not gain too much during pregnancy, and get healthier with fun group activities and advice. They can also give you specialist one to one sessions if you need it.

Click here to visit Better Living Team at Calderdale, and here for Healthy Living in Calderdale.

Tel: 01422284418

If you live in Kirklees:

Auntie Pam’s is a volunteer run service aiming to guide and support women who are going through pregnancy or have recently had a baby. They offer support and information in a friendly and professional way, in a relaxing atmosphere. Click here to go through to their website.

·         Benefits

·         Housing

·         Wellbeing and Health

·         Healthy Eating

·         One to one support

·         Pregnancy Information

·         Infant feeding choices

·         Relationships

·         How to find other services

·         Swap shop for baby clothes

·         Equipment store

·         Vitamins and supplements

·         Chlamydia screening and sexual health

·         Post-natal depression

·         Bereavement and loss

·         Stopping smoking support

Tel: 01484 414775 (Tues/ Wed/Thurs)

Preparing for the birth of your baby

We offer a full range of courses through our “What’s on” website and you can book online for some of them. Partners and birth supporters are most welcome at all our classes.

·         If you live in Calderdale you might want to join the 4 week course “Getting Ready For Baby” which is held at local Children’s Centres.

·         If you live in Kirklees and are expecting your first baby, you can join the 5 week Nurturing Parents: Preparation for Parenthood course.

Both of these courses cover preparation for birth, looking after and feeding your baby. You might also wish to join the monthly Stork Talk which we offer instead of a hospital tour, but all the other classes we offer are covered in these two courses.

Those who don’t want to attend a 4 or 5 week course are welcome to book any of our FREE sessions, Getting Ready for Labour, Nurturing and Feeding Your Baby and the Stork Talk. We also offer Hypnobirthing for a small fee.

Please click here to look at the available classes.

Screening tests for your baby

Screening tests for your baby

Hello and welcome to CHFT Screening Team

Within this section we want to provide you with information on the screening tests that you and your baby will be offered. If you have seen your midwife she will have provided you with the booklet ‘Screening Tests for you and your baby’ or view it here.

When you first meet your midwife you will be offered a series of blood tests and scans and these are called ‘screening tests'. It is the role of the screening team to ensure the Trust is offering you the choice of screening in a timely manner, to help you to understand the choices available and to provide unbiased further information if requested. Screening is a process of identifying apparently healthy people who may be at increased risk of a disease or condition. You can then be offered information, further tests and appropriate treatment to reduce the risk of any complications arising from the disease or condition.

We offer tests for:

Infectious Disease in Pregnancy

Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia

Downs syndrome, Edward syndrome and Pataus syndrome screening

Fetal anomaly scan

Newborn Hearing

Newborn Infant and Physical Examination

Newborn Bloodspot

Following a result which may be abnormal the screening team will be a point of contact for you and your partner. We will support you throughout your pregnancy and work closely with other specialities to ensure that we have a safe plan in place for when you have your baby.

If you would like any more information on screening, please contact a member of the team on  01422 222123.

To help you understand the time frames involved in screening and when you are likely to have the tests, Public Health England have devised a ‘timeline’. 

Public Health England have created an animated short video regarding ‘Screening test’s offered during pregnancy and after birth’

Topics covered are: 

     

  1. What are screening tests?
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  3. What do screening tests involve?
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  5. What are the risks?
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  7. When will I be offered screening?
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  9. Will screening tests give me a definite answer?
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  11. Do I have to have the screening tests?
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  13. What screening tests will I be offered in pregnancy?
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  15. Video: What happens at a scan and what will they tell me? 
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https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/screening-tests-abnormality-pregnant/

Your birth

Your birth

You have the choice of four birth settings at CHFT. If everything is going well in your pregnancy, our community Midwives provide a fabulous 24 hour Homebirth service which allows you to birth at home in your familiar surroundings. If you'd prefer to be in that 'home from home' setting but closer to the hospital, you may choose your labour care to be provided in one of our free-standing or stand-alone birth centres. We also have an obstetric labour ward that is dedicated to providing care in pregnancies that have required a higher level of input maybe from the doctors. You may also choose to give birth on the labour ward depending on your prefereneces for pain relief during your labour. Your midwife will discuss this with you at your 36 week antenatal check.

Please click here for more information on:

Preparing for the birth of your baby

We offer a full range of courses through our “What’s on” website and you can book online for some of them. Partners and birth supporters are welcome at all our classes.

•If you live in Calderdale you might want to join the 4 week course “Getting Ready For Baby” which is held at local Children’s Centres.

•If you live in Kirklees and are expecting your first baby, you can join the 5 week Nurturing Parents: Preparation for Parenthood course.

Both of these courses cover preparation for birth, looking after and feeding your baby. You might also wish to join the monthly Stork Talk which we offer instead of a hospital tour, but all the other classes we offer are covered in these two courses.

Those who don’t want to attend a 4 or 5 week course are welcome to book any of our FREE sessions, Getting Ready for Labour, Nurturing and Feeding Your Baby and the Stork Talk. We also offer Hypnobirthing for a small fee.

Please click here to look at the available classes.

Your baby

Your baby

Feeding your baby

Feeding your baby

Our aim is to offer as much support in order for you to feel confident and comfortable with your chosen feeding method. Research shows that breast is best and as a Breastfeeding Friendly Initiative (BFI) accredited hospital we are well equipped through training and practice to assist you with breastfeeding. All our Midwives are baby friendly trained to ensure they can support you and your baby in your infant feeding choices. We have 2 dedicated sessions with infant feeding specialists across CHFT that you are able to access. We also work closely with voluntary agencies to provide peer support for women choosing to breastfeed their baby.

Breastfeeding
CHFT works closely with all relevant partners to provide high-quality, evidence-led services that support women to feed their babies and build a close and loving relationship.

Baby Friendly Initiative
Our Maternity Services in the Trust hold the Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI) accreditation. These guidelines are designed to provide parents with the best possible care to build close and loving relationships with their baby and to feed their baby in ways which will support optimum health and development. As a Trust we are assessed every 3 years to ensure we are implementing the guidelines and standards set by the BFI.

Baby Cafes
The Trust provides two Baby Cafés each week. Baby Café is a network of breastfeeding drop-in support groups. They offer help and support you at any stage in your breastfeeding journey, regardless of the age of your baby or child. There are Baby Cafés across the UK. You don't need an appointment and all pregnant or breastfeeding mums are welcome to drop in at any time during opening hours. Baby Café drop-ins are staffed by Lactation Consultants supported by a range of staff including health professionals such as midwives and health visitors. Volunteer breastfeeding peer supporters assist at each session. At the baby cafes we all have specific training and experience in helping breastfeeding families. More information can be found at www.thebabycafe.org.uk

Monday
12:00pm - 2:00pm
Huddersfield Baby Cafe, The Zone, St Andrews Road, Huddersfield HD1 6TP
*Please note not held on bank holidays

Thursday
9.00am -11.00am
Halifax Baby Cafe, Baby Ballet Centre, Winding Road, Halifax HX1 1QS
01422 224417

Breastfeeding Peer Supporters
Women in the Trust are offered proactive, ongoing, practical, face to face breastfeeding support by Calderdale Breastfeeding Peer Support Network. Peer Supporters are volunteers who have breastfed their own baby and who have had specific training to support breastfeeding mothers. They provide face-to-face support in antenatal clinics, on the wards, at breastfeeding support groups, Baby Café and during home visits. They also provide support by telephone.

Tongue-Tie Clinic
The Trust provides a weekly Tongue-Tie clinic. If a baby has a tongue-tie breastfeeding difficulties may arise, such as problems with latching, sore nipples and poor infant weight gain although many tongue-ties cause no problems. Conservative management includes breastfeeding advice, and careful assessment is important to determine whether the tongue-tie is interfering with feeding and whether its division is appropriate. If division is required, babies are referred to the clinic following attendance at Baby Café. Division is performed by a trained Lactation Consultant. The appointment also includes time for help with breastfeeding following division.

Calderdale Breastfeeding Support Network
Calderdale Breastfeeding Support Network is a voluntary team of local women who have breastfed their own children and have undergone special training to be able to help support mums as they breastfeed their own children.

If you are a mum and would like some support in breastfeeding, you can phone or text them on 0792 0466 660 and you will then be put in touch with a support worker in your local area. Standard mobile rates apply so there may be a small charge.

For further information you can look at:

· It's Only Natural Website

· National Breastfeeding Help line

Tel: 03001000212 or visit their website here.

· UNICEF 

 

Artificial Feeding - Formula fed 
As part of the UK's Baby Friendly Initiative we as a Trust are committed to the promotion, protection and support of breastfeeding. However, in the UK artificial feeding remains very common and so we also work to ensure the best outcomes possible for babies when they are bottle fed. Please see the information below for more detail.

https://www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2008/02/start4life_guide_to_bottle_-feeding.pdf

https://www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2018/02/Infant-formula-and-responsive-bottle-feeding.pdf

Hearing screening for your baby

Hearing screening for your baby

The Newborn Hearing Screening Programme (NHSP) was introduced across England between 2002-06 with full implementation achieved in March 2006. The aim of the programme is to screen eligible babies within the first few weeks of life and to identify cases of congenital permanent childhood hearing loss by 6 months of age. CHFT were amongst one of the first 20 pilot sites for the implementation of newborn Hearing Screening and we started to offer all newborn babies a hearing screen on the 1st June 2002. 

One to two in 1,000 babies in the UK are born each year with a permanent hearing loss or deafness in one or both ears. Around one in 100 babies who have spent at least 48 hours in a Special Care baby unit, or a neonatal intensive care unit have a hearing loss in one or both ears. 90% of babies with hearing loss are born to parents with no family history of deafness. Early identification is very important for speech, language and social development. The early identification and habilitation of significant hearing impairment in children pays dividends in terms of education. 

When a baby is diagnosed with a moderate to severe hearing loss, the babies benefit from early and consistent use of amplification technology otherwise known as hearing aids.  Hearing aids may be fitted in infants as young as 4 weeks of age, and in the majority of cases will remedy all but the most severe levels of hearing loss.  In cases of very severe to profound hearing loss, cochlear implant technology may be considered to help allow the child access to sound. Consistent use of amplification technology along with early childhood intervention will help ensure that the child’s auditory brain develops normally, and the child will be poised to fulfill his or her full potential, regardless of the hearing loss

Safe sleeping

Safe sleeping

Safe sleep advice gives simple steps for how you can put your baby to sleep to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) which is commonly known as cot death. Advice is based on strong scientific evidence and should be followed for all sleep periods, not just at night. Click here information below for safe sleeping.

 

 

Child Seat Safety

Child Seat Safety

Children must use a child car seat until they’re 12 years old or 135cm tall, whichever comes first. It is important to get the right car seat for your baby. Please read the Government guidelines here.

Post-natal recovery

Post-natal recovery

Pelvic floor exercises help to strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor, which come under great strain in pregnancy and childbirth. The pelvic floor consists of layers of muscles that stretch like a supportive hammock from the pubic bone (in front) to the end of the backbone.

If your pelvic floor muscles are weak, you may find that you leak urine when you cough, sneeze or strain. This is quite common during pregnancy and afterwards but you can strengthen the muscles by doing pelvic floor exercises. This helps to reduce or avoid stress incontinence after pregnancy. All pregnant women should do pelvic floor exercises, even if you're young and not suffering from stress incontinence now.

http://www.cht.nhs.uk/patient-leaflet-repository/uploads/319/csph0064a%20v1%20review%20jul18%20Pelvic%20Floor%20Exercises%20for%20Women%20A4.pdf?time=1524752812

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pregnancy-exercise/

Thinking of having a baby

Thinking of having a baby

If you are thinking about having a baby there are some important points to consider. To ensure you have as smooth a pregnancy as possible it is important to maintain good preconception health. Preconception simply refers to the period of time leading up to a pregnancy. Please click here to read the NHS Choices advice when planning a pregnancy.

Get involved

Get involved

Maternity Voice Partnership (MVP)

Maternity Voice Partnership (MVP)

The Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP) for Calderdale and Huddersfield is a group of people who are working together to review and contribute to the development of local Maternity Services. The group is currently made up of:

·         Service Users; Mums and Mums to be, although Dad's are very welcome to get involved!

·         Service User Representatives; Auntie Pam’s, Hypnobirthing Practitioner

·         Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust (CHFT)

·         Locala Health Visiting

·         Calderdale and Kirklees Public Health Teams

·         Healthwatch

·         Huddersfield University; Midwifery Course

·         Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Group. 

We meet every two months, and when we meet we will always discuss any feedback that we receive from women and families who have used or who are currently using Maternity Services within Calderdale and Huddersfield. (These can be any services that are accessed by women and families during the antenatal period up to babies first birthday). As themes emerge we will look to see whether any aspect of Maternity Services can be further developed and if necessary, improved.

The Maternity Voices Partnership for Calderdale and Huddersfield would love to hear the views and ideas of women and families who have used services in Calderdale and Huddersfield, and Mum’s who sit on the group have set up a Facebook Page called 'Let's Talk Maternity' to help enable this to happen. From time to time surveys will be posted on this Facebook Page and it will allow people to share their views and ideas with the MVP. We will also use this Facebook Page to provide information on things that are happening, and to also give people further opportunity to get involved in helping to review and contribute to the development of our local Maternity Services. To access the ‘Let’s Talk Maternity’ Facebook Page, please follow this link (You don’t need a Facebook account to view the page or to access and complete any of the surveys): https://www.facebook.com/Lets.Talk.Maternity/

The vision for Maternity Services at Calderdale and Huddersfield is to become safer, more personalised, kinder, professional and more family friendly that enables women access to information to make informed decisions about her care. The aim is to centre care for women and babies that is individualised to meet their needs and circumstances. Please help us to achieve this vision by getting involved and sharing your views and ideas – they are very much valued.

Graffiti boards

Graffiti boards

Located around the maternity unit you will see our Graffiti boards. Our graffiti boards are an informal way of allowing you to leave ad hoc comments and feedback on our services. The boards are located in public areas so it allows other service users and friends/family to see how we are doing. We take photos of the feedback and it is discussed in our Maternity Patient Experience Group. This group is led by clinical managers and looks at themes and trends from feedback.

Friends and family feedback form(FFT)

Friends and family feedback form(FFT)

During each stage of your pregnancy through to the birth of your baby and going home we ask you to complete our Friends and Family feedback form (FFT). Again this is another way to capture feedback on your own experience and this allows us to improve the care for yourselves and for future service users. It also allows us to see what we are doing well as this sort of feedback boosts moral and drives us to keep giving a gold standard of care. The information gained from FFT forms is collaborated and displayed in each clinical area for you to see.

Our Facebook page

Our Facebook page

We are very excited to share with you our new Facebook page 'Better births at CHFT' where you can find lots of useful information for pregnancy and beyond. We also like to hear your birth stories and see photos of your new additions. Please visit the link below to access the page and find out more information. Click here.

 

 

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