Important announcement 15.09.2021:
Following on from our previous announcement regarding the pressures on our maternity services because of the number of staff who either have Covid-19 or are having to self-isolate a further review of the staffing situation has been completed
The maternity staffing situation in the Neath Port Talbot locality has deteriorated and further difficult decisions have been made to how we provide services
We have made the very difficult decision to suspend births in the freestanding Birth Centre in Neath Port Talbot Hospital. This service change will come into force at 0700 16th September 2021 and will be reviewed in one week on the 22nd September 2021.
This is in addition to the current suspension of our homebirth service.
This is to maintain and ensure safe maternity care for all our families, in line with professional guidance from the Royal College of Midwives and Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
We will continue to provide midwifery led birth services in Singleton Hospital “Bay Birth Centre”
The telephone numbers all women have in relation to making contact with your midwife or the Labour Line is unchanged
We will update you as soon as we have any changes. We would urge those families who have planned to birth in the Free-standing Birth Centre to make contact with their community midwife to discuss the options available.
We appreciate this may cause disappointment, but please be assured the decision to suspend services has not been taken lightly.
We would ask you make contact with us as soon as you have any signs of labour, which will help us plan your care.
The maternity section of the Swansea Bay website includes full information, including details of our birth centre at Singleton Hospital.
The Bay Birth Centre is a midwifery-led unit, with individual rooms and a real home-from-home environment.
Essential support partners are welcome to attend all settings when you have an initial assessment in labour.
Where you are not in labour and it is safe to do so you will be advised to return home and wait for you labour to progress. This will minimise the amount of time you are separated from your essential support.
We apologise for any disappointment this may cause and thank our community for the ongoing support at this challenging time.
COVID-19 VISITING UPDATE: Please note our rules regarding hospital visits have changed. For the latest guidance on our visiting regulations, please visit this page.
HOME BIRTHS UPDATE 12/08/21: Our maternity services are under severe pressure because of the number of staff who either have Covid-19, are having to self-isolate or are unavailable due to sickness in addition to Covid related issues. In response we have to change how we provide services with immediate effect – including making the very difficult decision to suspend the home birth service. Go to this page for more information.
Please avoid using our canteens at present. There are vending machines available on our sites if you need refreshments.
Please note that SBUHB supports a zero tolerance stance for any abusive behaviour towards staff due to variances in visiting guidance for different patient groups.
Swansea Bay Maternity Helpline- 01639 862216 or via email SBU.firstname.lastname@example.org
From the 14th of September the Maternity Helpline will be available:
You can contact the helpline if;
For any urgent queries please contact your midwife or maternity unit as usual.
If you have just found out you are pregnant;
For any concerns or queries outside of these times, or if you think you may be in labour, please contact your community midwifery team or local maternity unit as usual.
To help you find the information you need early in pregnancy, we have prepared a bilingual guide, which you can access by following this link. This guide contains the contact details for Swansea Bay Maternity Services and links to recommended websites for topics such as looking after yourself, planning for the birth and other NHS services offered during pregnancy. Please note: This guide is a PDF document which contains links throughout.
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There’s a lot of pressure on parents at the moment. Parent Talk Wales is a free and confidential service for parents of 0-19 year olds in Wales. You can get support with anything that’s worrying you about parenting or your child.
They’re on hand to support parents, when you need them. Browse their articles on the most common parenting questions from their experts. Or talk one-to-one with a qualified parenting coach about anything that’s worrying you. It’s all free, and no topic is too big, small, or embarrassing.
This service is also available in Welsh.
North SBU.NorthMidwives@wales.nhs.uk 07766466892
South SBU.email@example.com 07766466891
East SBU.EastMidwives@wales.nhs.uk 07971719632
West SBU.WestMidwives@wales.nhs.uk 07766466893
Afan SBU.firstname.lastname@example.org 07581569882
Nedd SBU.NorthMidwives@wales.nhs.uk 07815779113
Expecting the pitter patter of tiny feet? Congratulations!
You are embarking on one of life's great journeys. But while this can be a wonderful time, it is natural to feel some worry and uncertainty about what's to come.
Here at Swansea Bay University Health Board we will give you the information and support you need to make the right decision about where you choose to give birth.
We know that where and how you give birth can have a huge effect on you mentally and physically. If you feel safe and calm this will release hormones which will help your labour progress and provide powerful pain relief.
The time after birth is also crucial to your welfare and your baby's.
Our midwife-led birth centres provide a home-from-home environment which allows you and, if you wish, your partner to enjoy those first precious moments with your new baby safe in the knowledge that our staff are on hand to provide support. We even have double beds and encourage partners to stay.
However, you may wish to give birth at home and we can support this.
Equally, if you or baby need extra clinical support, we have an obstetric unit at Singleton Hospital which is staffed by doctors and midwives.
See below for more information.