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Here at Macclesfield we are passionate about the quality of care we provide, our woman-focused approach looks at your needs throughout each and every stage of your pregnancy. We provide maternity services at Macclesfield hospital and in the community of East Cheshire, supporting around 1400 women a year who give birth with us. Through our commitment to individualised care we aim to provide the best possible experience for pregnant people, babies and families, and are truly delighted that so many women not only choose to return to us for second and subsequent births, but also recommend us to family and friends.

Our philosophy of care demonstrates a patient centred maternity service, which is designed to meet individual needs and wishes throughout pregnancy, childbirth and the early days of parenthood. Our team believes in the importance of promoting normality in pregnancy, labour, and the postnatal period, the service will strive to maximise continuity of carer and one-to-one midwifery care throughout labour. 

The team approach to midwifery care offers the opportunity to book directly with the team that is linked to your local children's centre and to continue with that team throughout your pregnancy and postnatal period. The benefits of this service mean you become more familiar with the midwives and they provide continuous support for women and their families either via telephone or face to face contact. Our safe, nurturing and high quality care is provided by a flexible integrated multidisciplinary team of dedicated healthcare professionals who centre the service around your individual needs, in line with our Trust values.

Contact information

Community midwives 8am-4pm
7 days a week
01625 661145
Listening service midwives 9am-5pm
7 days a week
01625 661151

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Maternity Services at East Cheshire NHS Trust  - 7th March 2022  

Ged Murphy, Acting Chief Executive at East Cheshire NHS Trust, said: “The Board remains committed to the return of intrapartum care to Macclesfield Hospital when safe to do so. In December 2021, care was further suspended until at least April 2022. It is our ambition to return the service within 12 months of that extended suspension date with the support of the integrated care system and partners.  

“I recognise this news is very disappointing and do not underestimate the impact this will have on our staff working at host trusts and for families who access our maternity services. I apologise that we are not able to return the service at this point and will continue to provide updates on our progress.  

“We have always been clear that returning the service is based on safety which includes the provision of a robust anaesthetic rota. The trust has now received the report from the Royal College of Anaesthetists’ invited review and is considering its recommendations with our partners to determine how this may be achieved. “  

Clare Watson, Accountable Officer of NHS Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We continue to work closely with East Cheshire NHS Trust and our partners to support the safe return of intrapartum care to Macclesfield Hospital. While we support the widest choice and best possible provision of services and care for local mothers, ensuring their safety is of paramount importance.”  

Intrapartum care continues to be delivered safely with the support of the Trust's partners at Leighton, Stepping Hill and Wythenshawe hospitals; these hospitals are located geographically close to the East Cheshire area we serve, for our patients and staff. Antenatal and postnatal care continues to be provided at Macclesfield Hospital and homebirths and other services from our community settings.  


"You will be aware that the East Cheshire NHS Trust Board remains committed to returning intrapartum and neo natal care to Macclesfield when safe to do so.  It is with regret that the trust is unable to do this in December 2021.

This decision has been taken based on a worsening outlook for winter and an early indication that additional staffing would be required for the safe return of maternity services without impacting on other specialities.

We continue to have the support of our NHS partners including Leighton, Stepping Hill and Wythenshawe hospitals. The provision of local access to antenatal and postnatal care, along with our homebirth service will continue at Macclesfield Hospital and within our community settings.  

We apologise to all those who have been and will be affected by this news and will provide further updates through our Trust Board meetings and here on our website."


RE - Update on ICU estates work and the return of Intrapartum care at Macclesfield Hospital 

Estates work to significantly upgrade the Intensive Care Unit at Macclesfield Hospital is on track to be completed by the 8th November following a short unavoidable delay due to knock-on effects of the pandemic on the construction industry.

Regrettably, this delay impacts on the return of intrapartum care to Macclesfield Hospital, given the interdependency of the ICU and the emergency theatre required for maternity services.

It is now our ambition to return full intrapartum services during December 2021, which will allow sufficient lead time to return our staff and infrastructure back on site.

Trust CEO John Wilbraham said, “We acknowledge that expectant mothers hoping to give birth at Macclesfield Hospital during this period will be affected and we apologise.

“Local access to antenatal and postnatal care will continue and women will continue to have the choice of giving birth at home or at Leighton hospital, Stepping Hill hospital or Wythenshawe hospital.

“We will be contacting all women who were due to give birth at Macclesfield to discuss their birth plans with immediate effect.

“I would like to thank and acknowledge the hard work of all our staff who have been and continue to be affected by these changes.”

The position was discussed at the Public Trust Board meeting on 1st July, the papers can be accessed here


Estates work has now commenced on site at Macclesfield Hospital to significantly upgrade the current ICU unit which has been temporarily relocated to STU for the duration of the work.

The trust has been working towards a completion date of the end of September 2021, however despite all efforts, the global pandemic has had a significant knock on effect on the production and sourcing of raw building materials for our contractors which has resulted in an unforeseen delay.

The trust is working closely with the contractor and its suppliers to minimise this delay.

Trust CEO John Wilbraham said, “We recognise that the delay will have an impact on staff in ICU, STU and maternity and apologise to all those affected by this news. Further communications will be shared directly with these teams via senior managers.

“We also acknowledge that expectant mothers hoping to give birth at Macclesfield Hospital during this time will be unable to do so. Local access to antenatal and postnatal care will continue and women will continue to have the choice of giving birth at Leighton hospital, Stepping Hill hospital or Wythenshawe hospital. Our home birth service is not affected and is also a birth choice for all women of East Cheshire.

“I would like to thank and acknowledge the hard work of all our staff who have been, and continue to be affected by these changes.”


Following yesterday’s public trust board meeting, we would like to share that despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the Board has reaffirmed its commitment to reinstate full maternity and neonatal services at Macclesfield Hospital in September 2021.  

As many of you will be aware, we were required to temporarily suspend births at Macclesfield Hospital last March due to Covid-19 pressures. One of the main challenges we faced was limitations within our intensive care unit, which almost overnight, had to be divided into two separate areas in order for us to care for Covid-19 positive patients and Covid-19 negative patients. These added pressures meant we were unable to also operate and staff an emergency maternity theatre. 

In addition, the number of Covid-19 positive patients admitted into our hospital beds has required additional capacity to be provided.  

In yesterday's meeting, it was announced that the Board has committed around £2m to upgrade our intensive care unit which will enable us to safely manage Covid-19 and non-Covid-19 patients in one location. The timescale for delivery of this scheme has been estimated at around six months and the success of this will be a key factor in the return of the maternity services later this year. 

Until then, we will continue to offer local access to antenatal care and women of East Cheshire will continue to have the choice of giving birth at neighbouring hospitals Leighton, Stepping Hill and Wythenshawe.  Our home birth service is also fully reinstated for those who would like to choose this option.   

John Wilbraham, Trust Chief Executive said: “It has always been the Board’s intention to return maternity services as soon as we can safely do so, but none of us could have predicted the longevity of Covid-19 and the impact it has had on other services.   

“We are taking every step possible to keep patients and staff safe whilst working to achieve the return of our full maternity service by September 2021.  

“We would like to thank host partners for continuing to provide high-quality maternity services to the women of Cheshire East, where feedback from new mums giving birth continues to be positive. I would particularly wish to thank and acknowledge the hard work of our staff who are temporarily redeployed to other trusts.” 

We appreciate that the further suspension will be disappointing for women who were hoping to give birth at Macclesfield in the next six months and we offer our apologies to those affected.  

We will continue to work closely with our host partners to provide high-quality maternity services during the ongoing temporary suspension and our midwives will be contacting all women affected to discuss the best option for them. If you have any concerns or would like to speak to a midwife, please don’t hesitate to contact us on or 01625 661145

The full public board paper is available to view here and we will share any further developments in due course.


Please note that in order to meet pressures relating to Covid-19, births are being temporarily relocated from Macclesfield Hospital to neighbouring maternity units as a safety measure.

The measure is necessary because East Cheshire NHS Trust, which runs the hospital, has a small number of anaesthetists who would be unable to provide cover both for maternity-related procedures such as emergency caesarian sections and an expected rise in patients being treated for Covid-19.  

Any women due to give birth at the hospital from Wednesday, March 25th 2020 onwards will instead deliver at one of our partner trusts close to their home.

Women should have been contacted by their midwife but if anyone has not or has any urgent queries or concerns, including relating to the onset of labour please contact one of the following:

  • For Stepping Hill Hospital Labour Ward:0161 419 5551 / 3
  • For Royal Stoke Hospital Labour Ward: 01782 672300
  • For Leighton Hospital Labour Ward: 01270 612144 / 01270 273116
  • For Wythenshawe Hospital Labour Ward: 0161 291 294

Read more - Pregnancy and Coronavirus

Are you pregnant and want to know what your options are for the Covid-19 vaccine? 

The Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists and the Royal College of Midwives have published a new information sheet and decision aid here.

If you are pregnant and in a high-risk group, the Covid-19 national booking functionality will now enable you to book an appointment following a series of screening questions, even if you have not been called forward due to your age bracket.

Your midwife can advise you if you are unsure about assessing yourself. High-risk groups are classed as the following:

  • Those with high-risk medical conditions who have a greater risk of severe illness from COVID-19
  • Health or social care workers – who are at very high risk of catching COVID-19
  • Individuals considered at high risk of COVID-19 because of health and personal factors that include age, ethnicity, BMI, and underlying health conditions (this includes pregnant women in priority group 6)
  • Women diagnosed with gestational diabetes in pregnancy or pregnant women with a BMI of more than 40
  • Individuals aged 45 or over

The following links provide further information related to Covid-19:

A guide to COVID-19 vaccination – All women of childbearing age, those currently pregnant or breastfeeding Version 4 (

Combined info sheet and decision aid 20.07.2021 (

Vaccination message for pregnant women in seven different languages

A guide to the Covid-19 vaccination for women of childbearing age or who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Coronavirus: Looking after yourself and your baby in pregnancy

Coronavirus: Illness in newborn babies

Kicks count: Coronavirus Covid-19

Kicks Count COVID-19 Poster

Coronavirus | Pregnancy - Start4Life

The maternity safety information for BAME women is now available from NHS England.

This aims to support women from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic backgrounds using Maternity services. This information builds on existing COVID-19 specific messages highlighting the need for extra vigilance of complications while pregnant.

Available in 11 languages. Scan the QR code on the image below or click here.   BAME maternity.jpg

As a new mum, the thought of breastfeeding in public may make you feel nervous. You might be worried about other people's reactions, how and where you'll be able to do it, you may even be wondering if you're legally allowed to breastfeed in public. Don't worry, we're here to help and hopefully put your mind at rest.

Am I allowed to breastfeed in public?

Yes, the law protects breastfeeding mums. You are legally allowed to breastfeed your baby in public. That might be a café, shop, library or on public transport (basically any business that provides a service to the public). The Equality Act states that it is sex discrimination to treat a woman unfavourably if she is breastfeeding.

Fortunately, the majority of people don't mind a woman breastfeeding her child, or simply don't notice. If you feel self-conscious, try to remind yourself that you are doing the best and most natural thing for your baby. The more it's done, the more normal it will become.

If you are asked to leave somewhere because you are breastfeeding, you are absolutely within your rights to challenge that request. If it becomes uncomfortable, and you don't want to stick around, contact the Government Equalities Office. A solicitor will advise you if a claim can be brought forward for discrimination.

Where's the best place for me to breastfeed?

While you are legally allowed to breastfeed anywhere, it might be a good idea to start off with some breastfeeding-friendly places in your local area. That way you don't need to worry about being challenged in any way. Some may even have mother and baby rooms where you can be left to feed and change your baby in peace. Ask your breastfeeding friends, midwife or health visitor for tips on good places to go. And look out for Breastfeeding Friendly or Breastfeeding Welcome stickers in the window.

Over time, the more confident you feel about breastfeeding while out and about, the easier it will become. You'll get to the point where it becomes second nature to breastfeed your baby wherever you happen to be.

Breastfeeding clothes

You don't need to spend lots of money on nursing clothes. Some mums use a large muslin, or scarf to cover themselves while breastfeeding. Some find it's better to wear two stretchy tops – one to cover the tummy, and the other to cover their breasts. Others prefer wearing loose tops that can be lifted up. There is no right or wrong type of clothing, it's personal choice and what feels more comfortable to you.

Remember, there are still certain places that you will be required to wear a face mask, for example in a taxi or on public transport. Read about when to wear a face covering on the GOV.UK website.

Other people…

Rest assured, the majority of people don't bat an eyelid, or even notice if a mum is breastfeeding her child.

In a Start for Life survey, 72% of people said they supported women breastfeeding in public. You may even find people making lovely, positive comments – so please don't let the small minority of people put you off.

East Cheshire NHS Trust Maternity services offer the following: 

  • Antenatal care
  • Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit
  • Macclesfield Birth Centre
  • Postnatal care
  • Midwifery Teams
  • Neonatal care
  • Professional Midwifery Advocate 
  • Maternity Voices Partnership 
  • Homebirths

Welcome to CATCH 

CATCH is a website and app which provides you with information regarding your pregnancy and child’s health - from preconception through to your child going to school age 5.

CATCH provides local NHS-approved information with your best interests at heart. 

Click here to visit the CATCH website or download the app for free through your App Store or Play Store. 

Click here to watch a video about the CATCH app.


Safer sleep advice 

The Lullaby Trust raises awareness of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), provides expert advice on safer sleep for babies and offers emotional support for bereaved families 

Click here to visit the Lullaby Trust website.

The Lullaby Trust – Logo | Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust

Click here to to view the Lullaby Trust's baby check booklet.

ICON/Crying babies

ICON is all about helping people who care for babies to cope with crying. 

ICON stands for... 

* I – Infant crying is normal 

* C –Comforting methods can help 

* O – It’s OK to walk away 

* N – Never, ever shake a baby 

Click here to visit the ICON website.

Q&A with Dr Suzanne Smith from ICON | Q&A | Support for new dads

Macclesfield Maternity Voices Partnership


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