What if I have complications?

If any complications arise, or if you have a known medical problem, the midwives will refer you to an obstetrician, who will then become the lead professional in your care. The midwife may also refer you to other professional colleagues such as an anaesthetist, physiotherapist, dietician, or psychologist.

Many of these professionals run regular clinics and educational sessions in the antenatal and postnatal periods. They will provide you with up-to-date information to help you make choices about your care. However, the midwives will continue to be involved in your care and provide you with help and support.

The Maple team of midwives care for women with medical problems. This team includes a professor of obstetrics, a consultant obstetrician, a consultant anaesthetist and an obstetric physician. Together they provide skilled, expert care to women at risk from heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and a range of other medical complications. A wide range of support services are also available.

Maternity Day Assessment Unit (MDAU)

The MDAU is a service designed for women who may be showing signs of early complications, but that do not require women to be admitted to hospital. The service allows for your pregnancy to be more closely monitored. If you require an appointment in this unit your midwife or obstetrician will give you information on what to expect.

The MDAU is based in the Antenatal Clinic on the 1st Floor at the top of the escalators.

Antenatal Ward—Josephine Barnes Ward

Occasionally some pregnancies require more in-depth monitoring so that women need to be admitted to the antenatal ward.  The conditions requiring this are many-fold and should you need this, your obstetrician will give you detailed information you on what you can expect, and what choices you have.

Josephine Barnes is on the 3rd Floor by Lift Bank C.

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