Maternity services

Website to support parents-to-be in Kent and Medway

Expectant parents in Kent and Medway can make informed choices about their maternity care with the help of an NHS website.

Bump, Birth and Beyond brings together information about local maternity services into one place for the first time, to make it easier for women to find out about antenatal care, post-natal care and options for giving birth.

Bump, Birth and Beyond is packed full of friendly, accessible information and advice, including what to expect during the different stages of pregnancy, choosing your birth setting, preparing for the birth, practical tips on caring for your baby and being a birth partner. 

There’s also a decision-making tool designed to help parents decide where to access care and direct links to hospitals’ maternity webpages for online self-referral.

An interactive map provides details of the different birth facilities available and how to contact your local health visiting team or children’s centre. In addition, there are video tours of birth settings to give you an insight into what is on offer.

You can also read real life stories from other local mums and families who share their own personal experiences about birth and local maternity services.

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News from the Local Maternity System

22.05.21

Statement from Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust

Unfortunately, due to increased demand on our maternity services Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust have taken the difficult decision to temporarily suspend out of area referrals for the next three months as of Monday 24 May 2021.

Pregnancy and planning for the arrival of your baby is an exciting time so we understand this news will be disappointing for many women and we are very sorry, however this action is necessary to ensure the safety of the women and families we care for.

We will continue to support anyone who already has an appointment to meet with the maternity team to discuss their care up to and including Sunday 23 May 2021.

Other birthing choices available in Kent and Medway can be found on the Bump Birth and Beyond website - https://kentandmedwaylms.nhs.uk/ If you live outside of these areas then please visit your local NHS Trust’s website to see what other options are available to you.

We would like to reassure you that our decision will be kept under regular review and we will inform you of any changes at the earliest opportunity.

If you are unsure whether you live in MTW’s maternity services catchment area, please contact the midwifery booking team – mtw-tr.maternityselfreferral@nhs.net  

Once again we thank you for your patience and understanding as well as your support over the recent months.

 

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