This is an important message from our maternity services.

We are taking all possible precautions to limit the spread of COVID-19. We have, therefore, put in place the following restrictions to safeguard and protect our new mums and newborn babies.

In line with national guidance, only one birth partner is to be allowed at the Chesterfield Birth Centre during labour, as long as they are free from symptoms of COVID-19. No visiting will be permitted on Trinity Ward, our postnatal unit, after the baby is born for the partner or family.

It is an unprecedented time and this difficult decision has been taken to make sure that we are doing everything possible to limit the spread of COVID-19 and to protect mother and baby.

If you have any questions about your personal situation then please call your midwife and they will be more than happy to talk through your queries and questions. There are also contact numbers for you on your hand held notes.

Service Outline

  • Chesterfield Birth Centre, based at Chesterfield Royal Hospital
  • Antenatal and postnatal inpatient ward
  • Community midwifery service for North Derbyshire
  • Antenatal clinic at Chesterfield Royal Hospital

The directorate provides a wide range of choices for both antenatal and intrapartum care. There are a range of maternity care options including consultant care, shared care and midwife only care, including home birth.

A purpose built and individually designed Birth Centre at Chesterfield Royal Hospital that opened in January 2010 provides 8 Consultant led care rooms, including 1 with birth pool, and a further 4 midwifery led care rooms, including 3 with birth pools.

For most women the community midwife is responsible for antenatal bookings, reducing the need for attendance at hospital. A patient held maternity record is in use throughout the service. A full range of antenatal tests, including Down's risk screening is available and ultrasound scanning is carried out on all patients who request screening at 12 and 20 weeks gestation. Ultrasound is accessible to all GP's and community midwives by direct referral, and includes a limited service at weekends.

Upon leaving hospital new parents are supported in their own homes by the community midwifery service.

Full paediatric support services are available, including intensive care for pre-term babies (see neonatal unit information). Breastfeeding is promoted throughout the maternity service and is supported by a full-time infant feeding adviser. The Trust is committed to supporting Mothers to breastfeed and has UNICEF Baby Friendly accreditation.

Home and Hospital Birth

Having your baby at home

You know your home.
You know it's comfortable and familiar.
Its the place where you feel secure and relaxed.

Your home might be where you want to be for the birth of your baby - with family, friends and your midwife.

Please download the leaflet below for further information.

Having a Hospital Birth

Having your baby in hospital doesn't have to mean lots of 'hi-tech' equipment and doctors involved in your care. But, if you feel that it's important for all this to be available (just in case you need it), you might think that a hospital birth is the best option for you. You may also be advised, that because of your individual circumstances, a hospital birth is the safest choice for you and your baby.

Please download the at the bottom of the page for further information.