Maternity - During your pregnancy (antenatal)

All of our local hospital maternity units offer care from midwives and consultants, or specialists, depending on the level of support you need.

Pregnancy care before (antenatal) and after birth (postnatal) is available in our hospitals, in children’s centres, community hubs, and GP surgeries. Some or all of these choices are available depending on where you choose to receive your care. If you find any locations are difficult to access due to individual needs, please discuss possible alternatives with your midwife. Across all areas we are starting to build continuity of care teams. These small teams will enable you to be cared for by a midwife who you know throughout pregnancy, labour and the postnatal period.

You will have a named midwife who will take on responsibility for coordinating your care ensuring that your needs are met at the right time and in the right place and with whom you can develop an ongoing relationship of trust.

You can give birth at home, in midwife-led birthing rooms at the hospital, or in a birthing room within the consultant-led unit.

If you have particular medical needs you may be advised to attend hospital for appointments or to give birth.

Your care after your baby is born and discharged from hospital takes place either at home or in specific postnatal clinics. These clinics are usually in hospital, or sometimes at a children’s centre or community hub.

 

New mother holding baby Other choices you may want to consider:

  • How much contact you have with your midwife
  • Where to be cared for during your pregnancy
  • Place of birth and other birth choices
  • Going along to parenting education courses
  • Who your main carer will be.

 

Choosing your care

  • Support during labour and birth Midwife-led care chosen by most women, includes access to a team of experienced midwives 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • Senior doctor (consultant) led care for mums-to-be needing more complex care and support, 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • Specialist doctors, midwives, nurses, and support workers from different areas of healthcare as required
  • Modern equipment and facilities in our maternity units
  • Birthing rooms, some include birthing pools
  • Labour wards with maternity theatres
  • Recovery areas for women who have given birth in theatre
  • Special care baby units (SCBU) or neonatal units (NICU) for babies with complex needs that require extra support.

Basildon Hospital

Midwife Led Birth Unit - 5 rooms, 2 rooms with birthing pools. All rooms with en-suite facilities.

Home Birth Service - Available on request following discussion with your midwife.

Consultant Led Birth Unit - 12 rooms plus 4 bed bay, 1 room with birthing pool, Dedicated Bereavement facilities, 2 Maternity theatres and recovery area, 24-hour Senior Doctor availability.

Your care options, if you choose Basildon & Thurrock Hospital

  • Antenatal ward and ambulatory assessment service
  • Triage – call 01268 524900 extension 1774 / 4718
  • Bereavement service
  • Birth reflections
  • Community services
  • Fetal medicine service
  • Hypnobirthing and birth preparation classes
  • Level 2 neonatal Intensive care unit
  • Physiotherapy service
  • Postnatal ward
  • Specialist infant feeding service
  • Specialist mental health service
  • Specialist service for vulnerable women
  • Transitional care (from neonatal unit )
  • Ultrasound services
  • Maternity Direct + App – Ask a Midwife non-urgent questions online 7 days a week (7am-8pm).

Broomfield Hospital (Mid Essex)

Birth Unit, Midwife Led Birthing Unit - 4 rooms, 2 with birthing pool, all with en-suite facilities.

Home Birth Service - Available on request following discussion with your midwife.

Delivery Unit, Consultant Led Unit - 11 delivery rooms, Bereavement services, 2 Maternity theatres and recovery area.

Your care options, if you choose Broomfield Hospital

  • Antenatal ward
  • Birth reflections
  • Community care
  • Fetal medicine service
  • Level 2 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • Physiotherapy services
  • Postnatal ward
  • Provision of transitional care
  • Specialist infant feeding service
  • Specialist mental health service
  • Specialist vulnerable pregnancy service
  • Triage – call 01245 513355
  • Ultrasound services
  • Day Assessment Unit
  • Hypnobirthing / Antenatal Classes services
  • Maternity Direct + App – Ask a Midwife non-urgent questions online 7 days a week (7am-8pm).

Southend Hospital

Birth Unit/ Midwife Led Birthing Unit - 4 delivery rooms, each with en-suite facilities, 1 room with birthing pool. 2 rooms with blow up birthing pools.

Home Birth Service - Available on request following discussion with your midwife.

Delivery unit Consultant Led Unit - 6 delivery rooms plus 5 bed bay, 1 room with birthing pool, Bereavement services. 2 Maternity theatres and recovery area.

Your care options, if you choose Southend Hospital

  • Antenatal Ward/ Antenatal Clinic
  • The Missing Piece Service (Birth reflections)
  • Birth Options Clinic
  • Preterm Birth Clinic
  • Fetal well-being Services
  • Community care
  • Fetal medicine service
  • Level 2 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • Physiotherapy services
  • Postnatal ward
  • Provision of transitional care
  • Specialist infant feeding service
  • Specialist mental health service
  • Specialist vulnerable pregnancy service
  • Triage – call 01702 385301
  • Ultrasound services
  • Day Assessment Unit
  • Hypnobirthing / Antenatal Classes services
  • Maternity Direct + App – Ask a Midwife non-urgent questions online 7 days a week (7am-8pm)
  • Better Start 1-2-1 breastfeeding support at https://abetterstartsouthend.co.uk/locations

St. Peters Hospital (Mid Essex)

Stand-alone Unit (Midwife Led Birthing Unit) - 2 labour rooms, 1 room with a birthing pool and en-suite. Bereavement services.

Home Birth Service - Available on request following discussion with your midwife.

Delivery Unit (Consultant Led Unit) - at Broomfield Hospital if transfer required.

Your care options, if you choose Broomfield Hospital

  • Antenatal ward
  • Birth reflections
  • Community care
  • Fetal medicine service
  • Level 2 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • Physiotherapy services
  • Postnatal ward
  • Provision of transitional care
  • Specialist infant feeding service
  • Specialist mental health service
  • Specialist vulnerable pregnancy service
  • Triage – call 01245 513355
  • Ultrasound services
  • Day Assessment Unit
  • Maternity Direct + App – Ask a Midwife non-urgent questions online 7 days a week (7am-8pm).

WJC Hospital (Mid Essex)

Birth Centre (Midwife Led Birthing Unit) - 2 rooms, each with en-suite facilities, 1 room with a birthing pool. Bereavement services.

Home Birth Service - Available on request following discussion with your midwife.

Delivery Suite (Consultant Led Unit) - Broomfield Hospital if transfer required.

Your care options, if you choose Broomfield Hospital

  • Antenatal ward
  • Birth reflections
  • Community care
  • Fetal medicine service
  • Level 2 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • Physiotherapy services
  • Postnatal ward
  • Provision of transitional care
  • Specialist infant feeding service
  • Specialist mental health service
  • Specialist vulnerable pregnancy service
  • Triage – call 01245 513355
  • Ultrasound services
  • Day Assessment Unit
  • Maternity Direct + App – Ask a Midwife non-urgent questions online 7 days a week (7am-8pm).

 

Click for more information about our services after birth (postnatal).

Screening tests for you and your baby

Screening tests for you and your babyScreening tests are used to find people at higher risk of a health problem. This means they can get earlier, potentially more effective treatment, or make informed decisions about their health.

Public Health England provide comprehensive information on all of the screening tests available for you and your baby.

Click on the booklet image below to access this useful resource.

This booklet is also available in the following foreign languages:

Arabic 
Bengali 
Chinese (simplified)
French
Latvian
Lithuanian
Polish
Portugese
Punjabi
Romanian
Somali
Urdu

Your community midwife can discuss screening in more detail and answer any questions or concerns.  


Audio Versions

There are also audio versions (in English) of the screening booklet available here (scroll to bottom of web page).

Campaign to raise awareness - Feeling your baby move is a sign that they are well

Most women usually begin to feel their baby move between 16 and 24 weeks of pregnancy. A baby’s movements can be described as anything from a kick, flutter, swish or roll. The type of movement may change as your pregnancy progresses.


Information to download

Feeling your baby move [pdf] 145KB

Reduced Fetal Movements - What happens next [pdf] 612KB

Reduced Fetal Movements leaflet - March 2019 [pdf] 603KB

Feeling your baby move is a sign that they are well - Feedback [pdf] 165KB

Group B Streptococcus (GBS) in pregnancy and newborn babies

This information is for you if you (or a friend or relative) are expecting a baby, planning to become pregnant, or have recently had a baby.
 

It tells you about group B Streptococcus (GBS) infection in babies in the first week after birth (known as early-onset GBS), and provides links to further information about late-onset GBS infection.

It includes the current UK recommendations for preventing GBS infection in newborn babies.

Click on the link below for more information including printable and audible versions of this leaflet:

https://www.rcog.org.uk/en/patients/patient-leaflets/group-b-streptococcus-gbs-infection-pregnancy-newborn-babies/

 

Thrombosis and pregnancy

MSE maternity services are keen to raise the awareness for women and their families about the signs and symptoms of Thrombosis, how to get help and also the treatments available.

Please see below a series of posters that provide more information and which are available for you to download and print.

INHI Administration [pdf] 2MB

Thrombosis UK - Thrombosis and Pregnancy [pdf] 278KB

Thrombosis UK - VTE - Post-Partum [pdf] 2MB

VTE Signs and Symptoms [pdf] 86KB

Personal Care Plans

Personalised care is care centred on the woman, her baby and her family. It is based around her needs, values and decisions and facilitates genuine choice, informed by unbiased information.

Every woman should develop a personalised care plan, with her midwife and other health professionals, which sets out her decisions about her care, reflects her wider health needs and is kept up to date as her pregnancy progresses.

We aim to make unbiased information available to help you make decisions and develop your care plan. This should include information that is appropriate to you, including the latest evidence and what services are available locally.

You can choose the provider of your antenatal, intrapartum (labour and birth) and postnatal care.  You can make decisions about the support you need during birth and where you would prefer to give birth, whether this is at home, in a midwifery unit or in an obstetric unit, after full discussion of the benefits and risks associated with each option.

Please follow the link below to access your personal care plan, which you may want to print, ready for your first (and subsequent) midwife appointment.

Mid and South Essex Maternity Services - Personal care plan [pdf] 394KB

Screening tests for you and your baby

Screening tests for you and your babyScreening tests are used to find people at higher risk of a health problem. This means they can get earlier, potentially more effective treatment, or make informed decisions about their health.

Public Health England provide comprehensive information on all of the screening tests available for you and your baby.

Click on the booklet image below to access this useful resource.

This booklet is also available in the following foreign languages:

Arabic 
Bengali 
Chinese (simplified)
French
Latvian
Lithuanian
Polish
Portugese
Punjabi
Romanian
Somali
Urdu

Your community midwife can discuss screening in more detail and answer any questions or concerns.  


Audio Versions

There are also audio versions (in English) of the screening booklet available here (scroll to bottom of web page).