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Maternity

Maternity services (obstetrics)

Visiting our maternity units

Women and birthing people may have two birth partners in labour. One designated partner may visit at any time on the postnatal ward, with visiting for others, including siblings of the new baby between 3pm and 8pm.

We provide maternity care for around 5,000 mothers and their babies every year. Our maternity services are provided at both the Epsom and St Helier hospitals. Both hospitals have inpatient antenatal (during pregnancy) and postnatal (after the birth) facilities along with midwifery-led birth centre and obstetric-led labour wards.

We provide a full range of maternity services from the start of your pregnancy, through the birth and the early days with your baby, for all women living in our local area. Although every woman’s pregnancy is different, all mothers to be will receive midwifery-led care, usually shared with your GP. Our experienced midwifery teams are here to help you have as an enjoyable pregnancy and birth experience as possible, and to guide you in making the choices that best fit your needs. For those who have any medical or pregnancy complications, there is a team of obstetricians available 24 hours a day.

We take great pride in providing maternity care which is centered on your personal needs and circumstances.

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In this section you'll find information on:

Maternity services

We are an accredited Gold Baby Friendly Service

Accredited as Baby Friendly by Unicef logo

We are proud to be an accredited Gold Baby Friendly Service, recognising our high standards in encouraging and supporting new mums to bond with their babies and make the best personal choice in how to feed their newborn. For more about the benefits this brings, please visit
www.unicef.org.uk/BabyFriendly (opens in a new window).

Flu information and resources

Flu occurs every year, usually in the winter, which is why it’s sometimes called seasonal flu. It’s a highly infectious disease with symptoms that come on very quickly. Colds are much less serious and usually start gradually with a stuffy or runny nose and a sore throat. A bad bout of flu can be much worse than a heavy cold. The most common symptoms of flu are fever, chills, headache, aches and pains in the joints and muscles, and extreme tiredness. Healthy individuals usually recover within two to seven days, but for some the disease can lead to hospitalisation, permanent disability or even death.

Please read the below information leaflet about the flu vaccination and why it is so important to patients of our maternity services.

Flu vaccination - who needs it and why? [pdf] 651KB

The International Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes

As a Baby Friendly unit, we adhere to the World Health Organization's (WHO) International Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes (opens in a new window). The code states that there should be no display or distribution of any materials produced by the manufacturers of breast milk substitutes, bottles, teats or dummies in any part of the healthcare facility.

This requirement is intended to restrict the influence of commercial interests around infant feeding and so protect breastfeeding and bottle-feeding mothers from inaccurate or misleading information.

Virtual tours

Please watch the videos below for a virtual tour of our maternity departments at Epsom and St Helier.

 

Key staff

Key Operational Staff:

Kathryn Hughes, Divisional Director of Operations – Women and Children’s Services

Hazel Gleed, General Manager Paediatrics/Deputy Divisional Manager Women and Children’s Services

Yasmin Ashrafi, Women’s Health Service Manager

Carol Erzen, Division Co-ordinator

 

Key Midwifery Staff:

Nicola Shepherd, Director of Midwifery and Gynaecology Nursing

Laura Rowe, Interim Head of Midwifery

Louse Emmett, Consultant Midwife for Normality

Julia Lidderdale, Consultant Midwife Public Health

Michelle Knight, Consultant Midwife

Suzanne Powroznyk, Lead Midwife for Inpatient Services St Helier

Mary Willocks, Interim Lead Midwife for Inpatient Services Epsom

Patience Ohikhena, Lead Midwife for Antenatal and Community Services

Diane Weir, Lead Midwife for Safety and Transformation

Elizabeth Cullen, Named Midwife for Safeguarding

Sue Taylor, Infant Feeding Lead

Infant Feeding Team (07975 232374 or email esth.infantfeedingteam2@nhs.net)

Maria Mills-Shaw, Home Birth Lead Midwife 

 

Key Obstetric Staff:

Mr Ramesh Ganapathy, Divisional Medical Director 

Mr Haider Jan, Clinical Director

Radhi Viswanatha, Clinical Lead for Obstetrics

Jennifer Loudon, Labour Ward Clinical Lead

 

Key Neonatal Staff:

Dr Arun Kundu, Clinical Director for Paediatrics

Dr Salim Yasin, Clinical Lead for Paediatrics (St Helier Hospital/QMHC)

Dr Tim Marr/Dr Stephanie Kirk, Clinical Lead for Paediatrics (joint role, Epsom)

Dr Aileen Alston, Quality Lead Paediatrics (Trust-wide)

Nadine Mitchell, Head of Nursing (Paediatrics and Neonatal)

Julia Sinclair, Service Manager Paediatrics

Mary Shewell, Quality Manager for Paediatrics

Complementary Therapies

We also offer a number of complementary therapies at our Trust for our maternity patients. Please see the following leaflet for more information: Complementary therapies - information leaflet[pdf] 293KB

 

Local and national support groups and resources

Below are a list of local and national support groups and other resources which may be of use to pregnant women and new families.

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