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Home births suspended in Swansea Bay due to ‘heavy pressure’ from Covid 19 and staff sickness

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a person posing for the camera: those who had planned a home birth are invited to contact their community midwife


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Those who had planned a home birth are encouraged to contact their community midwife.

Changes are underway in maternity wards in Swansea Bay to ease the pressure due to the number of staff who are sick.

The Swansea Bay University Health Board posted an ad on Facebook on Friday afternoon to let people know their home birth service was suspended with immediate effect.

This is because of the number of employees who have Covid-19 … have to self-isolate or are unavailable due to other illness issues.

The decision will be reviewed in two weeks.

Families who have planned a home birth are encouraged to contact their community midwife to discuss options.

There are birth centers in Neath Port Talbot and Singleton Hospitals .. which are run by midwives with individual rooms.

Their statement is in full below.

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“Our maternity services are under great pressure due to the number of staff who have Covid-19, must self-isolate or are unavailable due to illness in addition to Covid-related issues.

“In response, we need to change the way we provide services with immediate effect – including making the very difficult decision to suspend the home birth service.

“It’s about maintaining and ensuring safe maternity care for all of our families, in accordance with professional advice from the Royal College of Midwives and Obstetricians and Gynecologists

“We will review the situation in two weeks and let you know as soon as we have any changes. We urge families who have planned a home birth to contact their community midwife to discuss the options available.

“We understand this can cause disappointment, but rest assured that the decision to suspend this service was not taken lightly.

“We ask that you contact us as soon as you have signs of labor, which will help us plan your care.

“The Maternity section of the Swansea Bay website has comprehensive information, including details about our birthing centers at Neath Port Talbot and Singleton hospitals.

“They are midwives headed by midwives, with individual rooms and a real home environment.

“Critical support partners are encouraged to attend all settings when you have an initial labor assessment.

“When you are not in labor and it is safe to do so, you will be advised to go home and wait for your labor to progress. This will minimize the time you are separated from your essential support.

“We apologize for any disappointment this may cause and thank our community for their continued support during this difficult time.”