We provide care for women and families to help achieve a positive transition from conception to parenthood. The maternity team is committed to helping all women to have a happy and healthy pregnancy and a safe birth of their baby. The service runs smoothly from the community to the hospital to meet the individual needs of women and their families. We aim to support all women to make informed decisions about what they want and need from their maternity care whilst also ensuring a positive maternity experience.
The Trust has two maternity units, each providing midwifery led care, with the option of a home birth service for low risk women. Please ask a community midwife about the option of a home birth and she will be pleased to discuss this in detail with you. ‘Maternity Team Care’ with a consultant obstetrician for women needing additional care is also available.
Antenatal care is provided in the community setting, in GP surgeries, at home or in one of the four hospitals:
- Doncaster Women’s Hospital
- Bassetlaw Hospital
- Mexborough Montagu Hospital
- Retford Hospital
Women who choose to give birth in hospital will ‘book’ at either Doncaster Women’s Hospital or Bassetlaw Hospital. There are no birthing facilities at Mexborough Montagu or Retford Hospitals. If you would like to visit either maternity unit prior to giving birth, please contact your community midwife who would be happy to arrange this.
If you would like to see statistical information about births at either hospital, you can find this on the Dr Foster website at www.drfoster.org.uk. In addition, you can find information on the standards of quality and safety at the hospital by visiting the Care Quality Commission (CQC) website at http://www.cqc.org.uk.
Both of the main hospital sites run a full 24 hour, seven days per week service.
Just found out you are pregnant?
Congratulations on your pregnancy. Whether you are a first time mum or adding to your family, your experience is personal and unique. At Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals we can provide you with an individualised and comprehensive service for all your pregnancy, birth and postnatal needs. Working in partnership with you and your family we will provide support and guidance to help you make those important decisions to ensure the best for both you and your baby.
It is important that you are referred to your midwifery team early so that they can provide lifestyle and pregnancy advice and arrange any necessary appointments. You can refer yourself to our maternity service at any point in your pregnancy.
You can contact our midwifery team direct and do not need to see your GP first. If you have had a positive pregnancy test and would like to refer either:
Call the Community Hub on 01302 642794
Complete the referral form and post to: Doncaster Women’s Hospital, Community Hub, Direct Access Referral, Armthorpe Road, Doncaster, DN2 5LT
Parent Education Programme
We welcome women, partners, birth partners, family and grandparents at all our classes. The classes are free and include a wide range of topics including birth workshops; life after birth workshops, feeding your baby workshops and much much more. If you would like more information on what is available or details how to book on a course please click here.
Hypnobirthing can give you the tools, breathing techniques and confidence to use your natural birthing instincts, so that your body is more relaxed and you can give birth calmly and comfortably. To book on to a free introductory session, please click here.