We recognise the value the support a partner, relative and or friend can have on a pregnant women when accessing maternity care services.

Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust maternity service remains committed to facilitating support for pregnant women throughout their pregnancy and childbirth and are currently working through plans.

We are strengthening the safety of our clinic and scan rooms, and waiting areas will soon have additional screens to ensure mothers and their birth partners feel safe and secure.

Risk assessments are regularly reviewed and updated in all areas by the maternity team and we continue to review these in light of the new national guidance in relation to maternity services.

Our website, e-Midwife service, and the Barnsley Maternity Voice Partnership will provide updates to any service changes as they happen.

We continue to encourage birth partners (from the same household or support bubble) to attend Barnsley Birthing Centre for all admissions, the 12 and 20 week ultrasound scans, the early pregnancy assessment unit, and the antenatal/postnatal ward for one hour per day, at pre-arranged times.

We would like to thank all women and families using Barnsley’s maternity and gynaecology services for their ongoing support and patience during these unprecedented times.

Laura Rumsey Head of Midwifery and Associate Director of Nursing said:

We’re working very hard to support families thorough what is a difficult time for all of us. We want to ensure everybody who attends our maternity services feels safe and supported.