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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 leaflet below for further information.

Supervision of Midwives at Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Who are Supervisors of Midwives?

Supervisors of Midwives are experienced practicing midwives who have undertaken additional education & training to support, guide & supervise midwives. Every midwife must have a named Supervisor of Midwives.

Their Role?

Supervisors of Midwives develop & maintain safe practice to ensure protection of women, their baby & their family.

They are independent of the employer & often work within a team.

Supervisors of midwives give guidance and support both midwives and women. They support the practice of midwives and ensure that the care offered is right for women, is given in the right place, by the right person and that it will benefit mother and baby. They act as a positive role model for midwives, by supporting them in developing skills and expertise.

How Supervisors of Midwives can support women:

  • Listening & advocating on concerns about the care a woman received from her midwife.
  • Supporting and advising women and their midwife in their care choices, for example, place of birth.
  • Debriefing a woman if she is unhappy with her birth outcome or any part of her treatment.
  • Protecting the public by promoting safe practice and investigating any concerns of health, competence, behaviour or misconduct of a midwife. They can recommend a formal programme of supervised practice for a midwife or refer the midwife to the Local Supervising Authority (LSA) and the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC).

Contacting a Supervisor of Midwives:

A Supervisor of Midwives is available 24 hours a day & can be contacted via Chesterfield Birth Centre on 01246 200666.

You can also contact the Staveley Midwifery Base on 01246 470 684 or the Clay Cross midwifery Base on 01246 868875.

If you have any problems contacting a Supervisor of Midwives, you can contact East Midlands LSA.

Further information regarding midwifery Supervision is available via the NMC.

Partly reproduced using NMC advice sheet.