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There is currently no evidence to suggest that Covid-19 poses a greater risk if you are pregnant than it does to other healthy people, but the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists have welcomed the government’s precautionary approach which aims to:

  • reduce any potential risk to your baby’s growth
  • avoid premature birth if you become unwell.

Advice on attending local hospitals if you are pregnant, including who you can bring to appointments and birth units, antenatal care and information about appointments, scans and labour is on the Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust website here. We understand this is a stressful and anxious time if you are pregnant, but the Trust has had to make some changes to their normal services for the safety of you and your baby, your family and staff.

The Trust’s maternity wards are open for visiting, with the following restrictions from 18th September:

  • One other person can accompany the mother during certain antenatal appointments, like scans
  • One birth partner and an essential visitor will be able to accompany women in labour (please be aware that they may be asked to leave the area if additional healthcare staff are needed to assist with the birth)
  • One person may be present during the induction of labour
  • After birth, one birth partner and one nominated visitor is permitted to visit the Maternity ward during an allocated time slot

All visitors must:

  • wear a face covering
  • maintain two metre social distancing at all times
  • follow infection control advice from ward staff
  • where possible, visitors are asked to speak to ward staff before planning a visit to schedule their visit

Further information can be found here

Information to support you and your baby is available here.

Information about registering a birth during the pandemic can be found here.

You can still register your baby with a GP without a birth certificate, but please ensure you take your baby’s red book with you and also proof of your address to enable staff to process the registration. You should telephone your GP surgery for advice before attending the surgery.  As soon as you have a birth certificate for your baby, please ensure your take it to your GP.

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust has taken the decision to suspend face-to-face community hubs and clinics during the pandemic. For further information and contact details of your local team, please see here.

Gloucestershire Maternity Voices is a group of parent representatives and professionals who work together to help shape and develop maternity services in Gloucestershire. Their Facebook page provides regular updates and links to key information about local services.