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COVID-19 update

Maternity services


Attending our maternity services safely:

  • If you are COVID-19 positive and coming for an appointment, please inform your midwife and sonographer. This will not affect your care.
  • Birth partners and visitors are asked to not come to the hospital if they feel unwell. This includes symptoms of COVID-19, sickness, diarrhoea, fever, sore throat or flu.
  • If you are attending St Michael's Hospital (Bristol) or Ashcombe Birth Centre (Weston) you do not need to wear a mask when entering the hospital, or in communal or outpatient areas. However, you and any supporting person will be asked to wear a mask on the central delivery suite (CDS), the maternity-led birthing unit (MLU), the day assessment unit (DAU) and the maternity wards at St Michael's Hospital, and in the birth rooms and the day assessment unit (DAU) at Ashcombe Birth Centre.
  • We recommend that patients and supporting people who are severely immuno-compromised, or who have respiratory symptoms or are positive for COVID-19, continue to wear a mask in all areas of the hospital.
  • If you have any questions or additional needs that need to be taken into account, please speak to the Matron or your community midwife who will be happy to discuss this with you. The Matron can be contacted by calling switchboard on 0117 923 0000.


Labour and birth at St Michael's Hospital and Ashcombe Birth Centre

  • Two nominated birthing partners are allowed to be with you during labour and the birth.
  • If you give birth on one of our birthing units and you and your baby are able to go home within 2-3 hours after giving birth, your birthing partners will be able to stay with you until you and your baby leave.


Home births

Our home births service is still available where appropriate. Please speak to your midwife to discuss your options.


Scans at St Michael's Hospital and Ashcombe Birth Centre:

You will be able to attend all scans and appointments at our day assessment units at St Michael's Hospital and Ashcombe Birth Centre with one non-symptomatic adult. 

Further details about scan appointments can be found on the FAQs page.


Appointments at St Michael's Hospital and Ashcombe Birth Centre

You can be accompanied by one non-symptomatic person (ideally the birth partner) for all scans and consultant antenatal appointments, and to appointments at our day assessment units at St Michael's Hospital and Ashcombe Birth Centre,

For fetal medicine and early pregnancy clinic appointments you can be accompanied by one non-symptomatic person.

Community midwifery clinics and home visits are still running as usual. If you attend a community midwifery clinic, you can be accompanied by a supporting partner.

We regret that we are unable to offer tours of the unit at the current time, but you can view a video tours here.

These measures have been put in place to protect our patients, staff and visitors. We will continue to keep this guidance under review. 


Visiting for maternity patients at St Michael's Hospital

A maximum of 3 adult visitors can visit you at any time between 9am and 8pm. This will include your birth partner, plus 2 others. Siblings of the newborn are welcome to join your visitors.

Once transferred to the postnatal ward, free WiFi is available to everyone so patients can make phone or video calls to their family and friends using apps including Facetime, WhatsApp or Skype and mobile reception is available across our site. Please be aware that we do not allow any video calling, photographs or recordings to be carried out during scan appointments due to the concentration required by the sonographer.


Visiting the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)

If your baby needs to be admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at St Michael's Hospital, both parents have access to the unit at all times of the day. In addition to the parents of the baby, 4 named visitors and the siblings of the patient can also visit between 12pm to 8pm. Due to social distancing, a maximum of 3 people can be at the cot side at any one time, and this must include at least one of the baby's parents. At times we may ask to restrict this. Please speak to staff for further details.


NHS Volunteer Responders scheme

The NHS Volunteer Responders scheme is open to all pregnant people, not just those who are shielding or vulnerable.    

Volunteer responders can help with picking up shopping or prescriptions, lifts to/from hospital and health appointments. Call 0808 196 3646 or visit their website for more details. 


Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP)

At the Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP) for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG), everything we do is with the aim of improving maternity services for all. We are a team of people who work together to transform your maternity care. If you or your partner are pregnant or have recently had a baby, then you can be a member. Find out more.