Maternity (obstetrics)

Current restrictions due to Coronavirus

Updated 19 July 2021

COVID restrictions end in many settings in England from today, but safety measures will remain in place at our hospitals, including in maternity services.
All partners and women attending outpatient appointments and scans are required to wear a face covering, follow social distancing rules and take a lateral flow test 24 hours before their visit. A photo of the result should be provided if requested. If you are feeling unwell or experiencing symptoms of coronavirus, you should not attend but please contact your midwife.
One partner can attend all outpatient appointments and scans and they will be asked to remain outside of the building whilst waiting.
One birth partner can attend for labour and delivery and can remain for six hours after the birth. They will be offered a further six-hour slot each day until discharge, and are still required to wear a face covering at all time and maintain social distancing wherever possible.
No children can attend any appointments or visit on the wards. Many thanks for your cooperation with this guidance.

Updated 2 July 2021

Partners and women attending antenatal appointments and scans are required to take a lateral flow test 24 hours before their visit. A photo of the result should be provided if requested. If you are feeling unwell or experiencing symptoms of coronavirus, you should not attend. Lateral flow tests are readily available from any pharmacy free of charge or from and should ideally be carried out twice a week

Updated Wednesday 26 April 2021
Partners can stay longer with women in our maternity units.

They will be offered one of two slots – 8am to 2pm or 2pm to 8pm each day. Currently, this is for birth partners only.

Slots can be booked by ringing the ward and it is crucial that partners:
· wear a face mask
· have undertaken twice weekly lateral flow tests and can provide the latest result
· do not attend if they are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms

Lateral flow test kits can be collected from any pharmacy or by ordering online from

Updated Monday 9 April 2021
One partner/support person can attend for all scans and antenatal clinic appointments. Birth partners will be welcome to be present during labour and birth. They will be able to stay in the birthing room after the birth until the woman is settled – we anticipate this will be no longer than six hours.

During the antenatal and postnatal period, an appointment system will be put in place from the for the named birth partner. Appointments will be available for visiting between 12pm and 2pm, 3pm and 5pm and 6pm and 8pm. These will be arranged by the midwife on the day, following telephone screening of partners. This change has been necessary to ensure safety and social distancing in the pre and post-natal areas.

This is a particularly challenging time for us all but please be assured that we will support women and their emotional needs at this time. The safety of women, babies and staff remains our utmost priority.

For more information, please contact your midwife. Thank you for your understanding at this difficult time.

From the moment you find out you are pregnant your life is going to change. Our aim is to work in partnership with you and your family throughout your pregnancy, birth and afterwards, to offer you all of the services and support you will need. Our dedicated team of staff offer a range of services both in hospital and out in the community and we have been recognised nationally for our low caesarean section rates

Expecting a baby can be an exciting but daunting time and it’s not always planned. Our staff at Grimsby, Scunthorpe and Goole hospitals are here to help with the decision making at every step of your pregnancy journey.

Just found out you’re pregnant?

Baby's Healthcare
Your local midwifery team will be a great help to you throughout your pregnancy, ensuring you have access to all the information and clinical support you need to give your baby the best start in life. If you have done a pregnancy test and it is positive the next step is to contact a midwife as soon as possible, preferably before eight weeks into the pregnancy.

You can contact your local midwife direct, you don’t need to see your GP first. In the majority of cases most women discover a pregnancy in the early stages and as a result can be seen before 12 weeks. It is important to be seen as soon as possible, no matter when you discover you are pregnant. The midwives will be able to discuss healthy eating and dietary supplements that are essential to start straight away for the health of your baby. Your midwife will also be able to give you other important advice on staying fit and well in your pregnancy. Book your first appointment by calling the relevant number below:

(please note the Barton team are currently working from Brigg – ring 03033 306860)

What if I decide I do not want to go through with the pregnancy?

We are able to offer all the emotional support that goes with this sort of decision and our termination services offer a discreet and professional environment that is non-judgemental.

After your first scan

When you have been for your first appointment and had your initial ultrasound scan we will provide you with detailed information on the next steps for your pregnancy. In most cases women are able to continue with their everyday life and are not in anyway hindered by their pregnancy. It is important to remember that pregnancy is not an illness and you try to continue as normally as possible, while adhering to the medical advice, such as not smoking and drinking alcohol.

Parentcraft preparation classes

Educational childbirth preparation classes are available for parents-to-be. Please discuss this with your named midwife who will arrange for you to enrol onto a class. These are run by our Parentcraft midwives or one of the midwives from our community team.

Classes are available for all pregnant ladies to attend however, early booking is advised to ensure dates of your choice. Topics covered include :

  • Comfort, back care and exercise in late pregnancy
  • Signs of labour and when to come to hospital
  • Natural coping strategies
  • Stages of labour including pain relief options
  • Assisting your partner in labour
  • Variations of a normal delivery including Caesarean section
  • Introduction to breastfeeding
  • Life after birth.

Get the flu jab

Protect yourself and your unborn baby from flu. We offer the vaccination to pregnant women during their routine appointments at the antenatal clinic, or you can make a special appointment for the jab if you wish by calling (01724) 290168 for the Scunthorpe antenatal clinic or (01472) 875248 for Grimsby.

Your pregnancy journey

Midwifery led care

Your first appointment will be with a midwife who will complete an assessment interview of your needs. Midwives will then make ongoing assessments as your pregnancy continues. Once you go into labour you will be cared for by midwives working on the delivery suite if you are booked for a hospital birth, or by midwives from the community team if you have requested a home birth.

Maternity team care

Maternity team care is provided for those women for whom midwifery led care is not advised. This could be for a number of reasons which your midwives will discuss with you at the time of your first appointment. With this package of care you will be seen by an obstetric team following your initial assessment, and this will be undertaken at the hospital that you plan to deliver in. An individualised care plan will be explained to you but this will include all of the ultrasound scans and routine blood tests as required. Once you go into labour you will be cared for by the maternity team within the hospital, and this will include midwives and doctors. There is a consultant obstetrician available 24 hours a day. For those women who have certain pre-existing medical conditions, such as diabetes or epilepsy, we offer a joint clinic where there is a consultant obstetrician and physician present to manage your care. We also offer a dedicated fetal medicine clinic.

Going home after the birth

This will be discussed with you shortly after delivery and we aim to get you home as soon as possible after the birth. This can be as soon as six hours after the birth if events allow.

After you have gone home you will be seen by one of our midwives for at least the first 10 days following the birth of your baby, but this can be extended up to 28 days after the birth if required/ necessary. Visits will be discussed with yourself and may not be on a daily basis. The visits will generally be conducted at one of our community clinics, although sometimes it is necessary for us to visit you at home if there is an identified need. 24 hour support is offered via the hospital services and the midwives are available on-call for emergency situations.

Our service

We aim to provide a service that:

  • Encourages women to have as normal a pregnancy and birth as possible
  • Offers medical interventions only if they are to benefit the woman and/or her baby
  • Provides flexible, individualised services that are designed to fit around women and their baby’s journey through pregnancy and motherhood, recognising the needs of vulnerable and disadvantaged groups
  • Provides midwifery and obstetric care that is based on providing good clinical and psychological outcomes for the woman and baby, whilst putting equal emphasis on helping parents prepare for parenthood.

Outstanding care from all midwives and all other medical teams. Throughout the difficulty of labour and its after effects, the care and sense of humour shown by the midwives has been second to none. Thank you for helping us welcome our little boy into the world!

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Our facilities

Whether you choose to have your baby at Scunthorpe, Grimsby or Goole our midwives will support you to make the decisions about what you want and need from your maternity care.


At Grimsby all of our maternity and children’s services are under one roof in the children and family services building. We offer an LDRP system of care; that’s labour, delivery, recovery and postnatal care in your own en-suite room. Partners are encouraged to stay overnight from delivery to support their partners and help take care of the baby. We also have a dedicated theatre, a family room, high dependency room, a room for disabled mums-to-be and a water birth room. This means that you will be able to have your baby in the same room that you are admitted to, in a home-from-home environment, which has proved hugely popular with families and partners who are actively encouraged to stay with the women through out their inpatient stay.


At Scunthorpe we have an antenatal clinic and assessment unit, a mixed ante and post natal ward including a transitional care area, central delivery suite which incorporates a dedicated obstetric theatre and has a birthing pool, and a neonatal intensive care unit.


The service at Goole is midwifery-led with a home-from-home delivery unit which has a delivery bed and birthing pool. The unit serves the East Riding area. Women who are classed as ‘high-risk’ are transferred to Scunthorpe for delivery.

Support for parents from the (Nursing and Midwifery Council leaflet) (276kb)
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Antenatal and Postnatal Screening for you and your baby

Some of the screening tests offered can only be performed in early pregnancy, so it is important that you contact maternity services as soon as you have confirmed your pregnancy to ensure you can be offered all available screening tests.

During your first booking appointment your community midwife will discuss and offer you a range of screening tests, including blood tests and ultrasound scans. These are designed to check your health and your baby’s health and development.
Screening is offered to all pregnant women for:

Infectious Diseases

HIV, hepatitis B and syphilis because the chance of the infection passing from mum to baby can be greatly reduced with the correct treatment.

Sickle Cell and Thalassemia

These are genetic conditions passed down through families. If two people who are carriers have a baby together, there is an increased risk that their baby could inherit a haemoglobin disorder. It is also offered to the baby’s biological father if the mother is found to be a carrier of or have a sickle cell or thalassemia condition.

Dating Scan

Combined screening offers screening for Down, Edwards and Pataus syndromes and comprises an ultrasound scan and a blood test between 11+2 and 14+1 weeks. If you are later in your pregnancy you could have a quad test (blood test) which will screen for Down syndrome alone.

Mid Pregnancy Scan

The scan between 18 weeks and 20+6 weeks looks at your baby in detail to look at all its organs and check it is developing properly rather than whether you are expecting a boy or a girl. There is a list of conditions that sonographers look for some are easy to see but others are more difficult and may not be seen at all.

Choosing whether or not to have these screening tests is an important decision. You do not have to have any tests offered, however to enable you to make a decision it is important that you understand the information given and the purpose of the tests.

The complete midwifery package includes all antenatal appointments with the midwives, ultrasound scans and all routine blood tests as required. The midwives are available on-call 24 hours a day for advice.

Further information on Antenatal and Newborn screening

Screening Team Contact Information

Screening Coordinator based in Grimsby – 03033 305821
Deputy Screening Coordinator based in Scunthorpe – 03033 303019
Screening Failsafe Officer based in Grimsby – 03033 305821

Continuity of Carer

A Government paper produced in 2016 entitled Better Births stated that all women should receive personalised care, centered around you, your baby and your family. We are a small team of midwives and midwifery support workers who will care for you throughout your pregnancy, labour and following the birth of your baby.

We are aiming to ensure that the care you receive is safe and is based on the midwives getting to know you and you getting to know them, in order to improve outcomes for you and your baby.

Daisy/Poppy Team – Grimsby

At your first appointment (booking) you will meet your named midwife and the aim is that she or her buddy midwife will build a relationship with you in order to meet your needs throughout your pregnancy journey. If the named midwife or the buddy midwife are unavailable, then you will see another midwife from the Daisy/Poppy Team.

If you need to see a consultant obstetrician or a specialist midwife during your pregnancy, we will work alongside them to provide your care.

A midwife known to you from the Daisy/Poppy Team (ideally your named or buddy midwife) will provide your care during labour. In unforeseen circumstances this may not be possible; however, every attempt will be made to ensure that during your labour this is achieved.

Once your baby is born the Daisy/Poppy Team midwives will continue to care for you and your baby by either visiting you at home or at a Children’s Centre.

The Daisy/Poppy Team will provide regular “Meet the Team” events and Antenatal Education sessions which will give you the opportunity to meet all the midwives and the midwifery support worker within the team. For further information please speak to your midwife.

Contact details

Daisy Team: For non-urgent enquiries please e-mail:
We will aim to provide a response to queries within 48 hours.
For urgent concerns please contact Holly Team on: 03033 304790.
Please say that you are part of the Daisy Team to the call handler.

Poppy Team: For non-urgent enquiries please e-mail:
We will aim to provide a response to queries within 48 hours.
For urgent concerns please contact Honeysuckle Team on: 03033 304794.
Please say that you are part of the Poppy Team to the call handler.

Iris/Venus Team – Scunthorpe

Your team are based at the Scunthorpe Health Centre on Cottage Beck Road. This is where you will attend for your antenatal appointments and some postnatal appointments. We will also visit you at home in the early days after you have had your baby.

Contact details

If you wish to contact the Iris/Venus Team their telephone number is 03033 303088. Your named midwife will also give you the mobile number for herself and her buddy midwife which will be switched on during their working hours. If you have any urgent problems or are seeking urgent advices then you will need to contact the Central Delivery Suite on 03033 302270. This is a 24 hour contact number.

Further information

Our Facebook page provides extra information that may be of interest to you during your pregnancy and after your baby is born: “NLaG Maternity”.
Local Maternity System page, which can be found at: hLocam Maternity System website/


Karen Horne, Project Midwife for Better Births at Grimsby, explaining how Continuity of Carer benefits pregnant women.

Ann-Marie Robinson, Better Births Project Midwife at Scunthorpe, explaining how Continuity of Carer works.

A new website has launched in Humber, Coast and Vale to help pregnant women stop smoking – with their loved ones also encouraged to quit at the same time to help them succeed in kicking the habit: :

Unicef videos

Breastfeeding: relationship building

Meeting your baby for the first time

Hand expression

Breastfeeding: the early days

Maximising breastmilk

Useful websites and external patient leaflets

Contact us


Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital
Scartho Road
North East Lincolnshire
DN33 2BA

Honeysuckle Ward & Poppy Team – 03033 304794
Holly Ward & Daisy Team – 03033 304790
Blueberry Ward – 03033 304789
Jasmine Ward – 03033 304787

Community Midwives (midwifery appointments) – 03033 305232 / 305231
Antenatal consultant appointments – 03033 304800 / 304801
Antenatal day unit – 03033 304797


Scunthorpe General Hospital
Cliff Gardens
North Lincolnshire
DN15 7BH
Ward 26: 03033 302227
Central delivery suite: 03033 302270
Antenatal clinic: 03033 302965
Antenatal day unit:03033 302182
Appointments: 03033 305357

Goole and District Hospital

Goole and District Hospital
Woodland Avenue
East Riding of Yorkshire
DN14 6RX
03033 304079

Patient information leaflets