Welcome to Royal Hampshire County Hospital maternity service.
We are responsible for approximately 2700 babies being delivered each year and have a team of obstetricians, paediatricians, anaesthetists, midwives and maternity support workers who pride themselves in supporting choice, whilst being focused on providing the safest possible options for your pregnancy.
The maternity services include an early pregnancy assessment unit (EPAU), ultrasound department, antenatal and postnatal clinics (located either within the hospital or community setting), antenatal and postnatal wards, maternity day assessment unit (MDAU) and delivery suite. Specialist midwifery services are available to support women with additional needs.
For many local mothers and babies the care they will receive will be midwifery led. Mothers have the option to birth their baby either in the community or the acute setting (home or hospital). The delivery suite has two homely birthing suites, one of which has a birthing pool. A small number of women will require their care to be planned in conjunction with an obstetric consultant. In these circumstances our approach to care actively promotes a positive birth experience for those women whose pregnancies may develop complications.
Royal Hampshire County Hospital is a district teaching hospital. Midwifery and medical students may be involved in your care following a discussion with you.
Tours of the Maternity Unit
Tours of the maternity units are available. Please ask your midwife for details.
On occasions it may not be possible to visit all areas of the maternity unit due to increased activity.
Philosophy of Care
Childbirth is a unique experience for each individual woman. The dignity and rights of mothers, babies and their families will be respected at all times. We will work in partnership with women and their families to facilitate a positive birth experience in a supportive, sensitive, safe and friendly environment.