Maternity services

Visiting patients and appointment restrictions during COVID-19

Northern Devon Healthcare Trust Maternity Services, are based within the Ladywell Unit at North Devon District Hospital. We cover rural, town and coastal areas in this stunning part of Devon. Over 1400 babies are born a year either at home or in our Delivery Suite.

The community midwives have their antenatal clinics in the local GP practices, and community hospitals. Your first appointment should be made with them before 10 weeks of pregnancy. You can do this by leaving a message for the midwife at your GP surgery or contacting ante natal clinic on 01271 322788.

The antenatal clinics in the hospital are for your screening tests, ultrasound scans and specific Consultant appointments, as required.

We are proud to offer one to one care during established labour with a midwife within our unit.

There are 6 en suite spacious delivery rooms, including 2 with birthing pools. We can also provide birthing balls and mats to help with your labour. Each room has a television, reclining chair and dimmer switches on the lights. This is to provide you with a relaxing and safe environment to birth your baby.

The maternity theatre is based on labour ward. This is for emergency care or planned elective caesarean section. The elective caesarean sections are booked in advance for a week day morning, following a discussion with your obstetrician in the antenatal period.

Our community midwives support women who choose to deliver their babies at home in their own surroundings. These are usually women who have had a normal pregnancy with no risk factors. This can be discussed with your midwife during pregnancy.

Following the birth of your baby you will be provided with post natal support, both in your home and at the hospital. You will be offered the opportunity to stay on our post natal ward [Bassett] until you are both well enough to return home. However, if you are both well, you may choose to go home straight from the delivery suite.

Coronavirus: frequently asked questions for people using maternity services | NHS Devon Clinical Commissioning Group

Press Release – Nursing and Midwifery Council welcomes Midwifery 2020 report

Further information:

Click here to select one of our maternity information leaflets

NHS Pregnancy and Baby information

Last updated: April 8, 2021