After your baby is born
You’ve done it – you’ve got through labour and your baby is finally here.
There is the excitement of getting to know your baby but you will also be tired and your body will be recovering from labour and the birth. It’s also a busy time for you and there is lots to learn and do.
The midwives in our delivery suites and birth units will be able to show you the ropes and give you the confidence you need to start your journey through motherhood.
We are generally flexible, please check beforehand with your midwife.
Gloucestershire Royal Maternity Ward
Partners and baby’s siblings – 9am to 9pm
Other visitors – 2pm - 3pm and 6pm - 7pm
The number of other visitors is restricted to two per mother and baby. Please note that women in the birth unit will be able to labour and then rest and recover with their baby in the same room until they are discharged - they will not move to the Maternity Ward. Women who labour in the Delivery Suite will then rest and recover with their baby in the Maternity Ward.
Partners staying overnight on the maternity ward
We are pleased to announce that partners can now stay overnight with new mothers and their babies in the bedside chairs that are provided. We also ask you to be considerate of others while staying on the ward and there are some guidelines that we ask you to respect. The comfort and care of all our mums and babies is paramount. We ask partners to be appropriately dressed at all times and for phones to be switched off between 10pm and 8am. Find out more about staying overnight.
Feeding your baby
Breastfeeding gives your baby the best start in life, so it is a good idea to be prepared by finding out about how to breastfeed. For more in depth information about breast feeding, please see NHS.UK
Our Trust is accredited with the UNICEF Baby Friendly initiative supporting mothers to breastfeed their babies.
If you are returning to work, the NHS.UK offers advice and help.
Whatever method of feeding you choose, your midwife, health visitor, or breastfeeding counsellor can explain how to do it.
Feeding support for you and your baby
There are a number of support groups operating in the county to help breastfeeding mothers. The Trust also employs a Infant Feeding Specialist Midwife.
If you decide not to breastfeed it’s important to know that it may be difficult to change from formula to breastfeeding. If you like, you can breastfeed your baby for a year or more, but you may decide to breastfeed for a shorter time, then change to formula feeding.
- Gloucestershire Breastfeeding Support Network (GBSN) http://www.breastfeedingsupporters.org.uk/
Infant formula milk can be used as an alternative to breast milk. Your midwife will discuss your feeding options and preferences with you.
For more information about bottle feeding, please visit NHS.UK
Our midwives have developed a new postnatal information film designed to let parents know what to expect in the first weeks of their baby's life. There's such a lot to take in when you've had a baby, so as well as watching the film before they leave hospital, parents can watch it again when they get home (or if they've had a home birth). Covering a wealth of information about the health of mums and babies, the film covers feeding, sleeping, mental health and other important safety messages.
Amenity rooms on the Maternity Ward give women and their families the opportunity to rest and recover in privacy and enjoy some peaceful time with their new arrival. Our rooms are available at an extra cost for women who would like the extra privacy of a single room after they have had their baby.
All our single amenity rooms offer:
- Increased privacy for you and your family
- A light, bright and welcoming environment that has been newly refurbished
- Tea and coffee tray
- Ensuite bathroom facilities
- Complementary toiletries
- Folding bed for partners to stay overnight
In common with the many other NHS hospitals who offer similar facilities, any income raised from the cost of these rooms is invested directly back into maternity care, ensuring that access to the latest state-of-the-art equipment and birthing facilities are available for all.
How to book
Women can put in an amenity room request by using this form. Amenity rooms cannot be firmly booked in advance and are subject to availability as we sometimes need to use them for women with increased clinical need.
If you would be interested in using an amenity room please discuss your request with a member of the midwifery team. Prices are advised in this leaflet.
When you go home, you can expect a visit from a community midwife, who will continue your care ensuring both you and your baby are well.
This will be arranged as you are discharged from hospital.
For more information, please visit the NHS.UK website
The death of a baby is devastating to parents and their families. At the Women's Centre we have two specially designed suites in which you and your family can spend time with your baby and prepare for your return home. You will be put in touch with one of our specialist bereavement midwives who will help you to find the best way for you and your partner to cope with your loss.
It may also help to talk about your feelings with other parents who have lost a baby in a similar way. SANDS (the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society) has a Gloucestershire branch, run by our midwives, and can offer you support and put you in touch with other parents who can offer friendly help.