The maternity services at Bedford Hospital are located in Cygnet Wing, our dedicated women and children’s unit. Our skilled and professional midwifery and obstetric team delivered more than 3200 babies last year (2010/11) and take great pride in supporting individual choice and providing the highest standard of care for women and their families.
In the last maternity survey by the Care Quality Commission (2010), women highly rated their experience at Bedford.
The maternity service comprises of:
In 2010/11, maternity staff assisted with the delivery of 3261 babies with 166 mothers using the birthing pool facilities and 90 babies being delivered at home.
Please click on the links below to find out more about our facilities. Alternativley, you can take our online tour.
The Acorn Suite (midwifery led unit)
When a woman discovers that she is pregnant, she can contact the midwifery team directly by telephoning 01234 792073; leaving her name, telephone number and the name of her GP. Arrangements will then be made for her to meet with a midwife as soon as possible and before ten weeks of pregnancy where possible, to complete the initial booking component of comprehensive pregnancy records, discuss recommended blood tests available and be referred to the hospital's antenatal clinic ultrasound department for a pregnancy dating scan.
The initial meeting to undertake the booking history will take place either at the GP surgery or at home, at a children’s centre or at a hospital based booking clinic. Thereafter antenatal appointments with the community midwife or GP will take place at regular intervals throughout pregnancy. Should referral to a consultant obstetrician be required, the midwife or GP will refer the woman for an obstetric opinion at the hospital.
For women with an existing medical condition or previous obstetric complications, care will be delivered jointly by the maternity team, which includes community and hospital based midwives and hospital based doctors and consultants. A joint obstetric clinic is held with the diabetic specialist team for women who have pre-existing diabetes or who have pregnancy onset diabetes. midwives also hold clinics specifically for women booked for a vaginal birth after caesarean section.
Our Midwifery Parent Education Team (MPET) has been developed in order to provide women and their partners with high quality, evidenced based education in relation to pregnancy, birth and parenthood. Sessions are held at many locations within the geographical area of Bedford Hospital, at convenient times to women and their partners.
For more information on the MPET service, and to download leaflets, please visit our dedicated MPET page.
“Fantastic antenatal classes, very informative and we felt well prepared”.-extract from maternity feedback form, November 2011
“I had a very positive experience; all staff were very kind and friendly and gave loads of useful information for a first time mum like myself.” -extract from maternity feedback form, September 2011
“I no longer live in Bedfordshire, but I was so impressed with the maternity care I received during previous pregnancies, I decided to return to Bedford Hospital to have my third child. As always, staff communication was excellent, I was consistently kept informed and I felt extremely comfortable in the hands of such caring and professional staff.”-a new mothert from Northamptonshire
“Cygnet Wing facilities and staff were fantastic. They made the birth of our first baby an amazing experience, as much as we could have possibly hoped for.”-extract from maternity feedback from, August, 2011