Here at STHK 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
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.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).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.
- 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.