Virtual tour of the Jessop Wing Hospital in Sheffield
On behalf of the maternity team at the Jessop Wing I would like to offer you a warm welcome to our service. It is our aim that you have all the information you need to make the important choices about your pregnancy care, birth and parenthood. We hope that you will find the information on this website useful and that you can use it to think about the different options on offer to you.
All families are unique, each with different hopes and expectations for the journey ahead. We want you to receive personalised care, so please discuss your needs with a member of the maternity care team, to plan together for the pathway that is right for you.
All women will have a named midwife and will be cared for by them and their team, alongside any necessary care from your GP or at the Jessop Wing Antenatal Consultant Clinics, Ultrasound Department or Fetal Medicine Unit. Referral would be arranged as required to the Midwife Sonographers, Daycare or Labour Ward Assessment Unit/Triage.
Community care is delivered by over 50 community midwives across the city in a variety of settings including GP surgeries and community centres.
Midwives are the lead professional for women experiencing a straight forward pregnancy and birth. They provide care and support for you and your family during pregnancy, childbirth and the early days after the birth. They will work in partnership with you and your family to ensure you can make informed decisions about your care. Your midwives will arrange to see you at clinic in the local community. If you need to contact your midwife, please refer to the telephone numbers on page 1 of your maternity record booklet.
Obstetricians are doctors and the lead professional if you experience complications in pregnancy and/or birth. You may be referred to an obstetrician at the beginning of your pregnancy if you already have a medical problem, or during pregnancy if there are any concerns about your health or the health of your baby. They will discuss a plan of care with you.
Health Visitors (HV)
Health Visitors will make contact with you before your baby is born and will visit you in your home shortly after the birth. Health visitors offer support around babies feeding, growth and development. They are also available to listen and to support your emotional wellbeing. They provide information on local support networks, early detection of minor ailments and ill health. They help families to make health choices and identify where additional support may be needed for specific issues, using an approach called the Antenatal and Postnatal Promotional Guide. For more information visit: https://www.sheffieldchildrens.nhs.uk/services/health-visiting
General Practitioner (GP)
GPs are doctors who work in the community, providing care for all aspects of health for you and your family throughout your lifetime.
If you have any specific medical problems, such as diabetes, you may need to be referred to a specialist service for additional care during pregnancy. This may be at the same clinic where you see the Obstetric Team, though it may be that you need extra visits. Specialist care may continue to be provided for you after you have had your baby.