Maternity services FAQs post coronavirus pandemic

It is extremely important that all pregnant women continue to access regular care throughout their pregnancy and following the birth of their baby.

Please continue to attend all your antenatal appointments and scans with your maternity team.

Covid-19 vaccine for pregnant women

Covid-19 can cause complications in pregnancy and pregnant women who contract Covid-19 have a higher risk of intensive care admission than women of the same age who are not pregnant (sourced via link below).

During your pregnancy you will be offered the Covid-19 vaccination. Receiving two doses of the vaccine, and the booster, is the safest and most effective way of protecting you and your baby from the potentially dangerous infection. These vaccines do not contain live coronavirus and cannot infect a pregnant woman or her unborn baby in the womb.


COVID-19 vaccination: a guide for all women of childbearing age, pregnant or breastfeeding (opens in new window) >

Visiting on maternity wards (antenatal and postnatal)

It is essential for hospitals to keep some restrictions in place to prevent further spread of coronavirus. We ask that you respect the guidance we have put in place to ensure everyone’s safety. You can read full details of Maternity services visiting on our Information for visitors > page.

For your support partner to visit he/she must;

  • Have no symptoms at all of coronavirus.
  • Use hand sanitiser before coming into the ward and when leaving.

Samuel Johnson Maternity Unit information

The Trust took the decision to temporarily close the Maternity Unit at Samuel Johnson Community Hospital in March 2020. The service remains suspended, but we will keep our communities informed about any updates.

We recognise that birth place choice is important to women and we have done everything possible to ensure this continues by offering alternative birthing options at Queen's Hospital Burton, Royal Derby Hospital and Derby Birth Centre.

As soon as we have any updates we will ensure widespread communications to pregnant women, Derbyshire and Staffordshire Maternity Voices Partnerships and the wider public.

Thank you for your understanding.