16 Oct 2022, 5:37 p.m.

We want to clarify the current position about postnatal beds at Stroud Maternity

In response to continuing staffing challenges, many people may be aware that we have taken the difficult decision to suspend the provision of postnatal beds at Stroud Maternity. This ensures that we can maintain the Stroud birthing service and continue to provide 1-1 care in labour at all times. This is a short-term measure only and will be reviewed on a weekly basis.

  • Stroud remains open for labour and birth
  • Postnatal care for families who have their babies at Stroud continues to be available in the first 6-12 hours following birth in the Stroud Maternity Unit
  • The community midwifery service in Stroud remains unchanged. Families are offered home visits or the opportunity to attend a postnatal clinic run by midwives in the postnatal period

We reiterate our commitment to the long-term future of maternity services at Stroud Maternity Unit.