Maternity Services

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Having a baby should be one of the most enjoying and life changing experiences – as a CCG we want to ensure families are at the heart of how Maternity services are developed and delivered to ensure they have a positive memorable experience. Women in Sandwell and West Birmingham have the choice of giving birth at various hospitals, however the majority of women in Sandwell and West Birmingham give birth at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospital at the City Road site. This offers a range of birthing options for women supported by a multidisciplinary team of professionals.

Other hospitals are:
  • Birmingham Women’s Hospital
  • Walsall Manor
  • Dudley Group of Hospitals
  • Wolverhampton Royal Hospital Trust
Women are encouraged to discuss their options with their Community Midwives to ensure they are able to access the relevant information to enable them to explore all the choices available.

Maternity Support Services

In addition to Maternity Services there are a range of local services to support pregnant women and/or women during the first 24 months of a child’s life
  • Bethel Doula Project.
The Bethel Doula Project is a local charity that support vulnerable women, refugees and asylum seekers that need additional support and guidance throughout their pregnancy and after the birth.

  • Smoking Cessation
Smoking Cessation to available free of charge to women that want to stop smoking during their pregnancy. The services offers a programme of service to enable women to stop smoking and thereby improve the health of their baby

  • Health Visiting

After the birth the care of the mother and baby is transferred to the Health Visiting Service and this will continue until the child is 2 years old. Health Visitors will work with parents to ensure the baby receives regular check-ups, immunisations, support with breastfeeding and weening and signposting parents to key services

There are a range of national policies and publications on the state of maternity services and how it needs to develop in the future. For us locally that means looking at addressing several complex issues such as Infant Mortality and the redesign of the Community Midwifery Service, as well as working with partners across the Black Country to explore how we can work better together to deliver shared outcomes that improve the health and social care outcomes for women and young children. 

IVF Policy
You can view the Sandwell and West Birmingham IVF Policy here. 

Listening to Patients and the Public

If you are interested in contributing the development of local maternity services please contact the Engagement Team at Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG at swb