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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

*UPDATED* Hospital visiting changes, home testing kits, Vaccine info, general info and guidance for public, NHSGGC staff, and community-based services.

Labour and Birth

From Monday 13th July in addition to a woman’s birth partner who is their essential visitor, we will be welcoming a d...

From Monday 13th July in addition to a woman’s birth partner who is their essential visitor, we will be welcoming a designated visitor into all inpatient areas and labour wards across GGC Maternity Units.  The time for these visits within the antenatal and postnatal wards can be prearranged with the individual wards to ensure the continued safety for our women, staff and visitors.  Partners can also accompany women for their scans and hospital antenatal appointments following guidance from the individual clinics.  Antenatal clinics not within the hospital setting, still remain with current restrictions with the woman attending on her own which will be reviewed as further guidance is received from the Scottish Government.

You must wear a face covering in all areas of the hospital. You will not be allowed into the ward without a face covering. If you are unable to wear a face covering for a medical reason please discuss this with the midwife in charge who will arrange for risk assessment to be undertaken.

Yes, you can. We have however restricted it to one birth partner for the duration of your labour. If your birth partn...

Yes, you can. We have however restricted it to one birth partner for the duration of your labour. If your birth partner is symptomatic of COVID-19 they will unfortunately not be able to accompany you.

We are asking that birth partners help staff to keep everyone safe by following the guidance below: Do not attend ...

We are asking that birth partners help staff to keep everyone safe by following the guidance below:

  • Do not attend the maternity unit if you currently have any symptoms of COVID-19 or have had any symptoms in the previous 7 days. Protect your family and our NHS staff and stay at home.
  • To prepare for this, you and your partner are being encouraged to think about an alternative birth partner if required.
  • Please be aware of the strict infection control procedures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to pregnant women and their babies, as well as other vulnerable people within the hospital and the maternity staff.
  • Please wash your hands regularly with soap and water and use hand sanitiser gel in clinical areas as available.
  • If you cough or sneeze, please cover your mouth with a tissue and dispose of this in a bin immediately and wash your hands.
  • Stay in the labour room with your partner. Do not move or walk around the Labour Ward unnecessarily, please use the call bell if you require assistance?
  • If you are asked to a wear a mask or any personal protective equipment (PPE) during the labour or birth, please follow the instructions carefully. Remove any PPE before you leave the clinical area.
  • If your partner needs to go to theatre, please be aware that operating theatre staff will be wearing PPE and it may be more difficult for them to communicate with you.

Yes, if you were planning to give birth in the QEUH or PRM you may use the birthing pool if you do not have confirmed...

Yes, if you were planning to give birth in the QEUH or PRM you may use the birthing pool if you do not have confirmed or suspected COVID-19. The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) do not recommend the use of water in labour or birth if you have suspected or are confirmed to have COVID-19.

Birthing at the Vale Of Leven (VoL) community midwifery unit and our homebirth service in this area is currently avai...

Birthing at the Vale Of Leven (VoL) community midwifery unit and our homebirth service in this area is currently available. Birthing within the Royal Alexandra Hospital (RAH) in Paisley community midwifery unit is also currently available.

Our other homebirth services and birthing in the community midwifery unit at Inverclyde Royal Hospital (IRH) in Greenock are temporary suspended due to midwifery staffing levels. The IRH still remain open for all other antenatal and postnatal care.

You can discuss with your midwife the options and choices available to you regarding birth arrangements in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

If it is confirmed that you have or it is suspected that you may have COVID-19, the RCOG recommend that you plan to give birth in Labour Ward in your chosen Maternity Unit. This is because it is recommended that we carry out extra monitoring of you and your baby during labour as some small studies have noted that some babies may be slightly more likely to become distressed in labour.

Last Updated: 15 May 2020