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Our commitment

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

Maternity department: Ecn-tr.maternity@nhs.net

Social Media

Twitter: ECNTMaternity
Instagram: macclesfield_maternity
Facebook: Macclesfield maternity 

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.  

STATEMENT FROM THE TRUST - CEO, JOHN WILBRAHAM - 21st OCTOBER 2021

"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."

STATEMENT FROM THE TRUST - 2nd JULY 2021

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

STATEMENT FROM THE TRUST - 7th JUNE 2021

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.”

STATEMENT FROM THE TRUST - 5th FEBRUARY 2021

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 Ecn-tr.maternity@nhs.net or 01625 661145

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

MATERNITY SERVICES CHANGES AT MACCLESFIELD HOSPITAL - MARCH 2020

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 (publishing.service.gov.uk)

Combined info sheet and decision aid 20.07.2021 (rcog.org.uk)

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.

http://www.gov.uk/government/collections/covid-19-vaccination-programme

https://www.rcog.org.uk/en/guidelines-research-services/coronavirus-covid-19-pregnancy-and-womens-health/covid-19-vaccines-and-pregnancy/covid-19-vaccines-pregnancy-and-breastfeeding/

Coronavirus: Looking after yourself and your baby in pregnancy

Coronavirus: Illness in newborn babies

Kicks count: Coronavirus Covid-19

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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

Choosing a private midwife is a way you can take more control of your pregnancy journey. Our private midwifery service is an enhanced NHS pathway that allows you to build a close relationship with a dedicated midwife.

Their aims are to make your pregnancy experience comfortable, reassuring, and individualised to you and your family, no matter what circumstance you may have. Your midwife will work closely with consultants and other health professionals if and when required, attending appointments with you for extra support and a multi-disciplinary approach to your care.

Your appointments can be taken at home, work, or anywhere you feel calm and unhurried. We thrive on providing you with family-centered care, involving partners and siblings, offering appointments outside of the Monday- Friday 9-5 work pattern.  Appointments are typically around an hour-long, giving you plenty of time to discuss any concerns or questions you may have.

You will also be provided with your midwife’s personal contact details so that advice and reassurance are readily available.

Our packages and prices can be found in our brochure found at the top of this page, from individualised appointments to full antenatal and postnatal packages.

We also offer hypnobirthing classes but due to COVID-19 following social distancing and limiting traffic into the hospital, this has been suspended.

Contact us for more information 01625 663696 or email us at privatemidwiferycheshire@nhs.net

Meet Private Midwife, Katie Gardiner 

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My name is Katie Gardiner, and I manage the private, enhanced NHS midwifery team, unique to Macclesfield Hospital. I am an experienced dual-trained midwife and nurse who has worked within the NHS for many years. I live locally to Macclesfield Hospital and have three children of my own, who have all been delivered and cared for by the fabulous staff at Macclesfield Maternity Unit.

Providing excellent one-to-one, women and family centred midwifery care with the opportunity to build a relationship with my families is my absolute passion. Private midwifery allows me to do just that without the time constraints sometimes faced in busy clinics. 

At Macclesfield Maternity Unit we pride ourselves on providing the best care for you and your family. If you would like a more personalised approach, involving customised care to your individual needs at a time that suits you and your home life, then Private Midwifery Care is for you.

This enhanced NHS service allows you to receive one-to-one midwifery care, provided by myself. Our team will support you through your pregnancy journey, right up until 6 weeks after your baby’s arrival. Appointments can take place when and where you choose, lasting approximately 1 hour, giving you plenty of time to discuss your needs, involve family members, and individualise your care pathway.

Both the Maternity Unit and I are passionate about promoting a healthy pregnancy, a positive birth experience, and a confident start to parenthood.

Our packages range from one-off top-up appointments to total antenatal and postnatal care from 6 weeks of pregnancy up to 6 weeks after birth. 

We look forward to meeting and supporting you and your families through your exciting journey.

Prices

Deluxe Antenatal Package - £1450

This deluxe package includes approximately 10 antenatal appointments with myself, arranged at your convenience to assess you and your baby’s health and wellbeing. Your first appointment is to share information, discuss and plan your pregnancy journey by discussing the options you have. Alongside these appointments, we advise you have a dating scan and combined screening blood tests which are taken between 9 and 13+6 weeks with an anomaly scan at around 18-20 weeks.

Deluxe Postnatal Package - £550

This package is devised for after you have had your baby and starts the day after you leave hospital or if you have had a homebirth the day after your birth. The package consists of 5 visits lasting about an hour long. They can be taken at your convenience, providing you and your partner with support and guidance through the early days, assist with breastfeeding, if required, and carry out health assessments of you and your baby. If after 5 visits you require extra support, additional appointments can be arranged.

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 
  • Private Midwifery Care
  • 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

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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