Coronavirus guidance

Restrictions remain in place and inside all of our hospitals you still need to wear a mask, wash your hands and follow social distancing. Please see information for visitors > before you plan on visiting.

Coronavirus - Information and changes to our maternity services

Find out how our maternity services have changed during the coronavirus pandemic, on our maternity services during coronavirus page >.

We understand this is a challenging time for expectant mothers and new parents. Information and guidance is regularly changing and we will make every effort to keep women and families updated. 

You and your baby's health during pregnancy

Some women are at increased risk of developing problems in pregnancy so we recommend your care is supported by the obstetricians (doctors) based at the hospital.

Referral to consultant care may also be recommended if you or your baby develop problems during your pregnancy. If you do need to transfer to consultant care, the midwife will arrange this for you.

Depending on the needs of you or your baby, some or possibly all of your antenatal appointments will be at the hospital. However, your care is still shared between the hospital and your midwife, and many of your appointments may still be held at your local surgery, health centre or children’s centre, if that is considered the best option for you.

Get support to help you stop smoking

If you stop smoking now it will make a big difference to your health and the health of your baby. 

Fetal Maternal Medicine Unit

The Fetal Maternal Medicine Unit is a specialist outpatient area that cares for women who have complex pregnancies. The doctors offer special tests, counselling and advice - supported by specially trained midwives - to women who may have to make difficult decisions about their pregnancy.

It is important that you bring your maternity records to any appointment in hospital.


Maternity & Gynaecology, Level 1
Royal Derby Hospital
Uttoxeter Road
DE22 8NE

Healthy eating during pregnancy

Eating a healthy, nutritious diet is especially important if you are pregnant.

Your baby relies on you to provide the right balance of nutrients to help them grow and develop properly even after they are born. 

Your weight matters during pregnancy and after and there is no need to eat for two. Most women who are overweight have a straightforward pregnancy and birth and deliver healthy babies. However, being overweight does increase the risk of complications to both you and your baby. We can offer extra care and give you support and information for you to minimise the risks to you and your baby in this pregnancy (and possibly in a future pregnancy).   

If you have any questions please ask your midwife.

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