Here at MWL we offer many services during pregnancy, including specialist antenatal services, advice on diet and exercise, restricting alcohol intake and smoking cessation, support for women and their families with disability needs and specialist care for women with complex medical problems.
- Fetal Medicine Unit / Fetal Maternal Assessment Unit (FMAU)
Most pregnancies progress without any complications. However, sometimes a mother or her unborn baby needs extra care from our Fetal Medicine team - made up of specialists including fetal consultant, midwife and healthcare assistants.
- About the Team
The team of specialists who deliver antenatal care and beyond can include midwives, an obstetrician, an anaesthetist, a paediatrician, health worker and sometimes a dietician. Each has their own individual role to play. As we are a teaching hospital we also have student midwives, student doctors and student paramedics who attend
Maternity outpatients is located on level 2, purple floor, Whiston Hospital
- Contact Details
Tel - 0151 430 1493
- Additional Information
Before you attend your booking appointment with your midwife please take the time to read the screening information booklets that are sent to you with your booking appointment information. These will give you the information to help you make the decision regarding any screening tests in pregnancy. Your midwife can also discuss these with you. ‘Screening tests for you and your baby’ includes information on the 6 national antenatal & newborn screening pathways as commissioned by NHS England.
- Relevant Leaflets/Documents
At present, it is necessary for your baby to be in hospital under the care of the neonatal team and we appreciate that you need to be close to your baby to feed and provide care, despite being fit and well and not otherwise needing to remain as an inpatient in hospital. We are happy to accommodate you with a bed, meals and washing facilities on the Neonatal Unit, but you do not need to consider yourself to be an inpatient, rather a mother who is here with her baby.Pre-eclampsia affects around two to three in every 100 pregnant women. The usual signs of pre-eclampsia are raised blood pressure and protein in your urine. You may experience swelling of your hands, feet and face, headaches, flashes of light in your vision, pain in the upper abdomen and/or nausea and vomiting. Pre-eclampsia usually occurs towards the end of pregnancy. The high blood pressure can be treated with medication, but pre-eclampsia itself is not cured until the baby is delivered. In rarer cases (around five in every 1,000 pregnant women) it leads to more severe disease. This may start earlier and affect the growth of the baby in the womb or the health of the mother. In these cases, the baby may need to be delivered earlier.Most women who are overweight have a straightforward pregnancy and birth and deliver healthy babies. However being overweight does increase the risk of complications to both you and your baby. This information is about the extra care you will be offered during your pregnancy and how you can minimise the risks to you and your baby in this pregnancy and in a future pregnancy.
Title - Cannabis Use in PregnancyDescription - Cannabis is the most widely used illegal substance in the U.K.
Title - Drugs & PregnancyDescription - If you are using drugs, here is some information to help you.This information is for you if you (or a friend or relative) are expecting a baby, planning to become pregnant or have recently had a baby. This leaflet is provided by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.We now know there are 7 key measures that will improve the outcome for preterm babies, that is babies born before 37 weeks. Babies that are born before 27 weeks (or 28 weeks for multiple pregnancies, e.g. twins) are considered to be extremely preterm. These measures are known as the Optimisation Care Bundle. This leaflet will explain how this bundle can help your baby.You have been given this leaflet because you might be having a baby that has an estimated weight more than the average at this stage of pregnancy. This is referred to as “large for gestational age (LGA)”. We understand that this might be concerning, and we hope that this leaflet will provide more information regarding this matter.Following the birth of your baby, the placenta (afterbirth) normally delivers with ease. Sometimes the placenta gets stuck on the wall of the womb (retained placenta), and does not deliver and in these circumstances you would usually require a manual removal of the placenta under anaesthetic (either a general or regional anaesthetic).We believe that all mothers and babies should have the opportunity, wherever possible, to enjoy skin to skin contact straight after birth. Skin to skin contact is a fantastic way to bond with your baby. It is especially important if you intend to breastfeed, but regardless of your feeding intentions it will help your newborn adjust to his/her new surroundings, calm their breathing and keep them close and safe.Congratulations on the birth of your baby. By now you will have probably decided how you wish to feed your baby. However, if you are undecided or would like any information or support to help you make a decision, please contact the Infant Feeding Team or ask your health care professional to refer you to us on your behalf.Sixty percent of women will go into labour (without any help or intervention) within 24 hours of their membranes rupturing (waters breaking). The rate of labour (without any help or intervention) after this is 5% per day.Breast milk contains all the food and water a healthy baby needs until they are six months old. In the first few days, your breasts produce colostrum, the valuable first milk. Healthy, full term babies do not need “top up” feeds of formula milk, as your colostrum is perfect for your baby’s needs, even in small amounts.
Title - Third- and Fourth-Degree TearsDescription - For some women, a tear that happens at delivery may be deeper than average and extend into the muscle that surrounds and controls the anus (this muscle is known as the anal sphincter). Tears like this are known as “third- or fourth-degree tears” (also known as an obstetric anal sphincter injury/OASI). They happen in up to 6 out of 100 births (6%) for first time mothers and less than 2 in 100 births (2%) of births for women who have had a vaginal birth before.This information is for you to make an informed decision about your care. This leaflet aims to help you better understand your health and the options available for you and your care. We are here to support you to make a decision that is right for you. If you have any further questions, then please ask any member of the preterm birth clinic team and we will support you and answer your questions.Progesterone is a natural hormone made by the body throughout a woman’s menstrual cycle. During pregnancy, it helps to support the growing uterus and prevent uterine contractions. In certain women who have a higher risk of preterm birth (before 37 weeks of pregnancy), treatment with vaginal progesterone pessaries may help to minimise the chance of this happening.
Title - You and your premature babyDescription - This leaflet is written for parents who are at risk of having a very premature baby (delivering between 22 and 25 weeks of pregnancy). We will help you to make some important choices about your care before and during labour if this was to happen. This leaflet contains important information to help you decide what would be best for you, your baby and your family. We are happy to go through this leaflet with you to explain things further and give you a chance to ask questions. The obstetricians (doctor who look after pregnant women) and neonatologist (doctor who look after sick newborn babies) will discuss with you what it may mean for your baby if he or she delivers early. Babies born very prematurely may not survive or may have long term problems. These problems are set out in more detail below. The chances of survival depend on many factors including how many weeks into the pregnancy you are, birth weight, any abnormalities picked up on scan, how strong they are when they are born and whether there is any infection present. You will be offered a visit to the neonatal unit, which is where your baby is likely to receive specialist care, if delivered early.
- Specialist antenatal clinics
Women with straightforward, low-risk, pregnancies may find all the care they need within their local community but if you face a more complicated route you may need some extra support. We offer a range of specialist antenatal services and clinics. Our team is multidisciplinary and combines leading consultants, specialist midwives and nurses and other clinicians, such as ultra sonographers. From your first visit to any follow-up appointments right up until the time you leave our care, your welfare is extremely important to us.