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Information for dads and partners

The closer you are to your pregnant partner, the more you’ll be able to share the experience of pregnancy and birth which is why it is important for all dads and partners to be aware of what happens to a pregnant woman during her pregnancy and throughout the birth.

Some questions you may like to ask the midwife:

  • Is there room for me to stay?
  • What facilities are there for me as a partner such as bathrooms and food outlets?
  • Do I need to bring anything with me?
  • How could I help my partner during the labour and birth?

Your mental health

Sometimes we are reluctant to talk honestly about our experiences throughout the pregnancy and after baby is born – just remember you are not alone. 

If you need information and resources about how to access services and treatment that can help improve your mental health contact our Mental Wellbeing Midwife anytime Monday to Thursday between 9.30am and 4pm on 07779445162.

Please send a text with your name and date of birth if your call is not answered. If your call is urgent please ring NHS111, your GP or the 24 hour Mental Health Helpline on 0800 183 0558.

If you are a professional referring please follow your organisation’s pathway for referral to Mental Health services.

Useful links for more information

The Royal College of Psychiatrists website has information for any woman who has a mental health problem, or has had one in the past, and wants to have a baby. The yalso have great advice and information for any woman who is planning a first pregnancy, or who already has children and wants to get pregnant again.

Royal College of Psychiatrists – Your mental health in pregnancy

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Perinatal Mental Health Team have lots of information about mental health in pregnancy. Follow their Facebook page, and subscribe to their YouTube channel for regular updates and information.

Barnsley has an organisation known as IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) which helps people find the support they need. You can self-refer on the IAPT website, and they run workshops for pregnant women.

Best Beginnings is another very useful website to engage, equip, educate, and empower parents from conception.


From time to time it may be necessary for our maternity team to enlist the support and advice of local social service teams. We will do this in order to ensure the safety and wellbeing of mothers and their unborn or newborn babies. Usually these referrals are made with the full consent and cooperation of women and their families.

Safeguarding is a way of protecting people from harm, abuse and neglect. As with all of the health services we provide, your welfare and that of your baby is our highest priority. We will do all that we can to make sure that you both receive the support, compassion and care that you need.

Medication Information

Reducing your risk of developing a DVT or a blood clot

If you have been prescribed a medication called Daltaparin or Fragmin (a blood thinning injection), the following video will give you guidance on how to give it to yourself and why it is so important to take the whole course that has been prescribed to you.

bumps – best use of medicine in pregnancy (medicinesinpregnancy.org)

Blood transfusion

Having twins or triplets?

For local support why not find out more about  ‘More the Merrier’ a Barnsley Support Group, run by mums with twins or triplets? Click here for more information or visit their Facebook group

Have you heard of TAMBA? Tamba is The Twins and Multiple Birth Association; a national charity that supports families with twins, triplets or more. Specialist support groups from this charity include one parent families, triplets, multiples with special needs and bereavement support. The website has many useful video clips and resources that can be accessed. Click to view their webpage www.tamba.org.uk

Information for women with an uncomplicated twin pregnancy that for women giving birth after 32 weeks

• more than a third of women who plan a vaginal birth go on to have a caesarean section
• almost all women who plan a caesarean section do have one, but a few women have a vaginal birth before caesarean section can be carried out
• a small number of women who plan a vaginal birth will need an emergency caesarean section to deliver the second twin after vaginal birth of the first twin

Barnsley Maternity Assessment Unit/Triage Services

01226 432249 – 24-hour contact number

The Maternity Assessment Unit or Triage is situated on level one, in Women’s Services, adjacent to the Birthing Centre and is accessed through the Birthing Centre door.

Triage is open 7 days a week and offers a 24-hour service.

You may be referred to triage by your GP, community midwife or you may contact us yourself if you need help or advice. We see women from 20 weeks of pregnancy, up to 6 weeks after delivery of your baby.

When you ring Triage, you will speak to a midwife on the phone and they will take a history from you, listen to your concerns, and give you appropriate advice on whether you need to come into hospital to be seen in Triage, Antenatal Day Unit (between the hours of 9-5pm) or Accident and Emergency, stay at home or even be seen by your own GP.

It would also be helpful if you could tell us about anything that might make you high risk in your pregnancy when you ring because this can sometimes affect your care.

Reasons that you may contact Triage

  • Abdominal pain
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Abnormal discharge
  • Generally feeling unwell
  • Suspected infection/high temperature
  • Severe itching on the palms of your hands or feet
  • Suspected labour including premature labour (if you are having regular, painful contractions)
  • Waters breaking at any point
  • Raised blood pressure
  • A change in the pattern of baby’s movements
  • Problems with vision (blurring, flashing lights or spots, difficulty focusing)
  • A persistent headache
  • Postnatal concerns up to 6 weeks after giving birth

Please ring us with any concerns you may have, no matter how big or small; we are here to help.

On Admission to Triage

When you arrive at Triage (The Maternity Assessment Unit) you will be greeted by a member of staff and shown to a clinical assessment area or asked to sit in the waiting area if we are busy. We see women in order of clinical need so occasionally they may be a short wait to see a midwife.

If you do not understand what is happening to you or you have any worries or questions, please ask a member of staff. If whilst waiting your condition changes then please inform us. Please feel free to bring your birthing partner with you to Triage for support.
During your assessment, the midwife will listen to your concerns, take your medical history and record information to help her make a plan of care for you.

We may do the following tests:

  • Temperature, pulse, blood pressure, oxygen saturations
  • Urine testing, CO2 Testing
  • Abdominal examination
  • Baby’s heart monitoring
  • Vaginal examination
  • Blood tests

You may need to see a doctor during your time in the Maternity assessment Unit, depending upon the reason for your admission. You may be admitted to the Labour Suite or the Maternity Ward for any ongoing care or observations following your review.

If attending with suspected labour; following assessment, if you are not considered to be in established labour, you may be advised to return home and wait for the contractions to become longer and stronger before you return.

The comfort of your own home is widely regarded as the best place to be during the early stages of labour. Pain relief and coping strategies will be offered before you leave.

Why not ask about a fantastic aromatherapy service which can be used in the latent phase of labour and our blends which may be suitable to take home. We also offer sterile water injections for back pain in labour and acupins for nausea.

There is more information on the Barnsley Maternity internet page, including information about preparing for labour, the latent phase of labour, pain relief options, having your baby at home, and giving birth.

There are also videos to watch to help you prepare for labour and a virtual tour of the Birthing Centre available on the Barnsley Maternity internet page.


If you are discharged home

If you are discharged home, you are welcome to contact Triage for further advice at any time. We know that things can change quickly so if your symptoms/concerns persist or worsen then you must ring us back because we may need to see you again.

We hope that your visit to our Maternity Triage is a good experience and we welcome any feedback that may help our department.

Further Information