Maternity Services

**Temporary Changes to Maternity Services due to COVID-19**

Lagan Valley and Downe Midwifery Led Units will no longer be open for births as from Monday 30 March 2020, due to the ongoing COVID-19 emergency. Antenatal and postnatal care will continue as normal. This is a temporary measure due to COVID-19 and services will be restored to normal as soon as possible. Expectant mums impacted by this change will be contacted by their midwife to discuss the change of birth place and to answer any questions or concerns. Under the new guidance birth partners can accompany the mothers for early pregnancy, dating scan, anomaly scan and fetal medicine scans only. It will be only one person and they will be called in for the scan and will be required to wear face covering.

There is also new visiting advice for Maternity, due to covid-19.   A person in labour can be accompanied by one birthing partner. 

As a Trust we understand that the current Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic is causing great anxiety for pregnant women. To support you during this time we have set up a Helpline to help address any concerns you may have about your pregnancy.

The lines will be open Monday to Friday 9.00am -5.00pm and Saturday and Sunday 9.00am -1.00pm,  you can speak directly to a Midwife at (028) 9263 3591, who will endeavour to address any questions or concerns you may have. Lines may be busy so please be patient as we try to answer all calls.

If you have any other urgent queries about your pregnancy please contact EOU at the Ulster Hospital on (028) 9055 0403,  Lagan Valley Midwife Led Unit (028) 9263 3534 or Downpatrick Midwife Led Unit (028) 4461 6995.

**Temporary Changes to Antenatal and Postnatal Classes**

Although group antenatal education classes are currently not available in all Trusts, you don’t have to miss out. We can provide you with antenatal and postnatal education classes online. These virtual classes cover the same topics your face to face antenatal classes and are an excellent source of help and support in the postnatal period.

Click here to access the virtual antenatal and postnatal education classes.


** Coronavirus Information Leaflets **

Illness in Newborn Babies

Coronavirus Parent Information for Newborn Babies


Welcome to the South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust maternity site. Our maternity service provides maternity care for nearly 5000 women and their babies each year, during pregnancy, labour, birth and up until one month after birth.

Whether you are pregnant and thinking about where to have your baby or someone thinking about joining our team, we are delighted that you have chosen to visit this site.

This site has been written by the staff who provide the services that you may need throughout your maternity care and with valuable input from maternity user groups.

The aim of this site is to have all the information in one place about the services we provide both in your own home and in our maternity facilities. It will give advice about where to contact a midwife, ante natal options (including specialist medical services, where to give birth, etc) that we offer as well as routine antenatal care and will have a section on frequently asked questions. It will also give you advice about preparing for the birth and the virtual tour of the hospitals if you chose to come into hospital to give birth. We hope it will be of use to you all and we will be updating it regularly.

During pregnancy, we offer both midwifery-led care (in hospital and in the community) and consultant-led care (provided by our expert multi-disciplinary team based at our hospitals). In some cases your care will be shared by a number of professionals including your GP, Midwife and Consultant Obstetrician.

Our midwives look after women at the hospital antenatal clinic, midwifery led units and at local GP surgeries and in your own home whilst our medical staff are available for consultations if problems arise.

For your labour and birth, we provide midwifery led services as well as hospital-based care and a home birth service.  For reasons of medical safety, the place of birth is dependent on individual assessment.


Our Philosophy of Care

Our philosophy of care is based on respect for pregnancy as a state of health and childbirth as a normal, healthy, physiological process.

Pregnancy and birth are very significant events in a womans life and that of her family. The care we provide will aim to respect the diversity of womans needs and the variety of personal and cultural values that women, families and communities bring to these events. Care will be continuous, personal and responsive to a womans health, social and emotional needs.

We aim to keep women informed at all times of the progress of their pregnancy and likewise any issues that arise during their care. We will encourage decision-making as a shared responsibility between the woman, her family and her care givers. To facilitate this, care provision must include evidence based information, education and counselling support to enable the woman to make informed choices.

Currently we provide services in three main sites boasting state-of-the-art facilities details of which can be found when you access each site. These are the Ulster Hospital, Lagan Valley Hospital and the Downe Hospital.

Click on the links to the right to navigate through the maternity section of the site.