Coronavirus guidance

If you think you may have symptoms of coronavirus (opens in new window) >, follow the national guidance and self-isolate for 10 days. Please see our information for visitors > before you plan on visiting one of our hospitals. If you, or a member of your family has tested positive for coronavirus, please find resources to aid your/their recovery on our supporting your recovery from coronavirus > page.

Maternity services during coronavirus

midwife holding baby

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

Latest visiting guidance

We are continuing to provide routine antenatal care in community midwifery and hospital settings at both our Derby and Burton sites.

View changes to our maternity services visiting guidance >
(Last updated 19 April 2021)

Do not reduce your number of visits without agreeing first with your maternity team.


Being pregnant during coronavirus may be worrying to you. Our general advice is that;

If you develop severe symptoms of Covid-19, or your recovery is delayed, this may be a sign that you are developing a more significant chest infection that requires enhanced care. If you feel your symptoms are worsening or if you are not getting better, you should contact your maternity care team, NHS 111 or local alternative straight away for further information and advice.
 

Your baby’s movements matter

If you notice that your baby is not moving or the movements have changed or reduced, you still need to call the hospital you are booked to give birth at immediately. Even if you think you may have Covid-19 symptoms you must contact the hospital and we will arrange for you to be seen in an isolation area to check you and your baby are healthy. Do not wait for your next midwife appointment.
 

Advice regarding social distancing while pregnant

All pregnant women, regardless of how far through their pregnancy they are, should observe the social distancing guidance available on the government website. Advice includes the avoidance of contact with people who are known to have COVID-19 or those who exhibit possible symptoms:


Women who are more than 28 weeks pregnant should be particularly attentive to social distancing and minimising contact with others. Major new measures have been announced for people at highest risk from coronavirus, this includes pregnant women with significant heart disease (congenital or acquired).

Additional support for new and expectant parents

Derby

The Derby Community Parent Programme (DCPP) is a volunteer support programme.

During the current time whilst pregnant women are encouraged to socially distance and remain at home, DCPP have set up a new safe and secure Facebook group for new and expectant parents who have had, or are expecting to have, their baby at Royal Derby Hospital.

This is a really great opportunity for expectant or new parents to build relationships and obtain support from their communities during the period of change faced by managing COVID-19.

Find out more here:


Staffordshire

Staffordshire Maternity Voice Partnership offer additional online support:


We know 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. Our priority is to provide safe maternity care and to support a positive birth experience for all during this time.

Despite these changes we will still support you with the many choices available, positions for labour, aromatherapy, relaxation support using music during labour, pain relief options, mobilisation, infant feeding support etc. Please talk to your maternity teams if you require further information.


Choosing where to give birth


Royal Derby Hospital


Queen's Hospital Burton