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Maternity Services in Cheshire and Merseyside

Maternity services in C&M are provided from the moment your pregnancy is confirmed. We provide the care you need throughout your pregnancy (ante-natal care), during labour (intrapartum care) and following the birth of your baby (postnatal care). Dependant on your needs, we will discharge you from our service when your baby is between 10 days and 6 weeks old.

In 2016, a National review of maternity services in England (National Maternity Review -Better Births, 2016) recommended that all Maternity services in England should become safer, more personalised, kinder, professional and more family friendly. The review called this model of care “continuity of carer” and recommended that women should receive it from a named midwife or small team of 4-6 midwives. It is expected that the ongoing transformation of maternity services in C&M to reflect the national recommendations, will ensure the care you receive is safe and based on a relationship of mutual trust and respect between yourself, your midwife and your obstetrician.

Transforming maternity care is integral to the delivery of our vision for improving women’s and children's services and public health.  Pregnancy and childbirth can be one of the greatest influences on the nutrition and dietary advice we follow, the lifestyle choices we make and the exercise programmes we pursue.   Our aim is to enhance your physical and mental wellbeing by providing guidance on lifestyle choices, alongside timely access to appropriate women and family focused healthcare and professional services. To most, family is everything. C&M too.  We recognise the influence and impact the choices our Grandparents, Parents, brothers and sisters can make on our own lifestyle choices.  Therefore, C&M will also provide lifestyle support to family members if they wish to access it.

Our focus on promoting public health wellbeing for women and their families during pregnancy will provide the foundations for a lifetime of healthiness and a subsequent decrease in demand for complex care services.

We work with 8 maternity providers across the Cheshire and Merseyside areas. Click on the providers below to visit your their websites to find out more information. 

For more information on choice, birth preferences visit the Directory of Services page.

Covid-19 Support for women, families and workforce

Advice for pregnant women and families

Here you will find the latest information for you and your family during the Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, pandemic.

Please follow the links below to the latest guidance for you and your family.

The Royal College of Midwives - RCM

The Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology - RCOG

  • They have developed a range of resources to inform and support healthcare professionals and the general public during the pandemic here www.rcog.org.uk/en/guidelines-research-services/coronavirus-covid-19-pregnancy-and-womens-health

It is important that you follow the most recent advice around keeping you and your family safe and continue to make decisions that are right for your family.  

Government advice during COVID-19

NHS advice for everyone during COVID-19

Advice from the hospital you have booked in to birth with

Looking after your mental health during the Covid-19 crisis if you are pregnant or a new parent

It is really important that you make sure you look after your own mental health and wellbeing, especially if you are isolating yourself from your friends and family during this time.

If you have appointments with midwives, health visitors, doctors or mental health support, it is important to keep up with these.  Some of these may now be offered as telephone calls rather than face-to-face.  If you are worried about attending appointments in person, or unsure if these are going ahead, contact your provider to get the latest update.  The Royal College of Midwives has a list of FAQs that you may find useful. Follow the link here www.rcm.org.uk/advice-for-pregnant-women

If you are worried about your mental health, you can get in touch with a health professional such as your usual GP, midwife, health visitor or mental health worker.

If you or someone you are concerned about are experiencing a mental health crisis, feeling despairing or suicidal, there are services you can approach:

  • Call the Emergency services on: 999
  • Your local NHS mental health services
  • Accident and Emergency at your local hospital
  • Samaritans Free to call on: 116 123

Useful online information and telephone support resources:

Resources for self-help: