Key Messages:

  • Home birth is a safe option – Please access the links seen in the below document.
  • In countries where the health systems can support homebirth, healthy women experiencing a normal pregnancy and with the support from qualified midwives who have appropriate emergency equipment, may be safer birthing at home during the Covid -19 pandemic (ICM 2020)
  • Women are encouraged to access extra support available virtually from other local birth support agencies.
  • Women with known COVID 19 or symptoms of Covid 19 are advised to birth in hospital (RCOG 2020).
  • Women who are self-isolating with no symptoms but family members have symptoms are advised to birth in hospital(RCOG 2020).

Maternity advice for women and families during Covid-19 - Updated April 2021

A detailed briefing for women booked for SWFT Maternity services can be found below:
SWFT Maternity Services

What we do

Having a baby is an exciting time. Our team is here to guide you through all of your care choices and we aim to support you, whatever your needs, throughout your pregnancy, birth and afterwards.

Our Maternity Units at Warwick Hospital has services for antenatal, birth and postnatal stages. We also provide antenatal clinics at Stratford Hospital and clinics in Alcester and Bidford.

For antenatal care, labour and post natal care information click here.

Antenatal screening choices for pregnancy

If you have chosen to accept a screening test, timing is very important. Please discuss with your midwife if you have any concerns.

Choices Checklist for screening tests in pregnancy:


Purpose of the Screening

Timing of the test

Infectious diseases

This is a blood sample is taken from your arm

To find out if you have hepatitis B, HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) or syphilis.

As early as possible in pregnancy, ideally by 10 weeks

Sickle cell and thalassaemia

This is a blood sample is taken from your arm

To find out if you are a carrier of the sickle cell or thalassaemia gene and therefore likely to pass it on to the baby.

Before you are 10 weeks pregnant

Dating Scan

This is an ultrasound scan

This scan can confirm your expected due date and check your baby's development and check the number of babies you are expecting

Between 10 and 14 weeks of pregnancy

Down’s syndrome, Edwards’ syndrome and Patau’s syndrome

This is a combined test, a blood sample is taken from your arm and at the dating ultrasound scan the fluid at the back of the baby’s neck is measured (known as the nuchal translucency.

To find out how likely it is that the baby has Down’s syndrome (also known as Trisomy 21 or T21), Edwards’ syndrome (Trisomy 18/T18) or Patau’s syndrome (Trisomy 13/T13).

Between 10 and 14 weeks of pregnancy

11 physical conditions

(20-week scan)

This is an ultrasound scan

The scan looks for 11 different conditions in the baby

Between 18 and 20 weeks and 6 days of pregnancy

Screening tests offered during and after pregnancy

Screening tests are used to find people at higher chance of a health condition. Whether or not to have each test is a personal choice that only the individual invited for screening can make.

We offer all pregnant women screening tests during pregnancy to look for certain health conditions that could affect them or their baby.

Screening tests are also offered for babies soon after they are born so they can be given appropriate treatment as quickly as possible if needed.

Watch a video showing the screening tests available during pregnancy and for newborn babies.


Read the Screening tests for you and your baby leaflet before your midwife booking appointment to find out much more about the screening tests offered during and after pregnancy. This information is also available in other languages and easy guides.

If you need one, you can pick up a printed copy of this leaflet at your booking appointment.If you would like information on the choices for antenatal screening choices in pregnancy, please click here.

Additional services and contacts

Community services

In addition we have five community midwifery teams who support you wherever you live in South Warwickshire and the surrounding areas.

Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU)

If your baby is born early or requires special medical and nursing care, they will be looked after in our Special Baby Care Unit. Baby's parents, grandparents and siblings are welcome to visit anytime. A maximum of two other visitors are allowed between 18:30 - 19:30 and all visitors must be accompanied by a parent at all times. As babies are very vulnerable at this time, they should not be visited by anyone who is unwell with a cold, recent diarrhoea or vomiting, or any infection.

NHS Warwickshire Stop Smoking in Pregnancy Service

For help and advice click here.

Certificate of Commitment by the UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative

Warwick Hospital is delighted to have been awarded a Certificate of Commitment by the UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative. This recognises our commitment to supporting parents to make informed choices about how they feed and care for their babies. Warwick Hospital is proud to be working towards full Baby Friendly accreditation.

The Birth Experience Listening Service

At Warwick hospital we offer all women who have had a baby here, an opportunity to discuss the events surrounding their baby’s birth. If you think you could benefit from the opportunity to discuss your birth experience, please call us on our confidential answerphone. A maternity staff member will call you back as soon as possible to arrange a face-to-face appointment with an experienced midwife. We try to arrange appointments to take place within 2-4 weeks of your call. There is no time limit after the birth, however we recommend that you wait at least 6-8 weeks so that you have had time to process what has happened. You can bring your birth partner (or somebody else) with you if you would like to. Email:

Maternity Partnership

This is a forum for parents and professionals to work together to support and improve local maternity services.Email:

SANDS - Stillborn and Neonatal Death Charity

Sands is a national helpline is for anyone who has been affected by the death of a baby and wants to talk to someone about their experience.
Tel: +44(0) 808 1643332 Email:

Twins and Multiple Births Association (TAMBA)

TAMBA is a charity set up by parents of twins, triplets and higher multiples and interested professionals.
Tel: +44(0) 1252 332344

Antenatal Results and Choices (ARC)

ARC is a national charity which provides non-directive support and information to parents before, during and after antenatal testing.
Tel: +44(0) 845 0772290 or if you are calling from a mobile phone: +44(0) 207 7137486

Related links

Bluebell Birth Centre - Midwife-Led Unit

If you and your baby are healthy, your pregnancy is at low risk of complications, and you have not previously had complications related to birth, you should be able to birth in our midwifery led birthing unit or birth at home. For women and babies at low risk of complications, research suggests intervention rates are lower for planned home and midwifery unit births. Women and babies at low risk of complications who birth in these environments are shown to recover more quickly, are less likely to have complications following birth. If your pregnancy is more complex your midwife will recommend that you birth on the Consultant Unit where doctors will be available if needed. Your risk factors will be discussed with you and information given on the potential outcomes that may concern you so you so you can make an informed decision about where you would like to birth your baby. Homebirths and midwife-led units can only support vaginal births where a ventous or forceps are not required.

The Bluebell Birth Centre, the midwife-led unit at Warwick Hospital, is an alongside unit meaning it is on the same site as the consultant led unit. It is staffed by midwives and support workers and is open 24/7.

It offers four top of the range birthing rooms, with birthing pools available in all of them. Birth centres are very safe for women and babies at low risk of complications. Midwives are trained to detect if labour is not progressing as expected and if there are any concerns about you or your baby’s wellbeing you will be transferred to the on-site obstetric unit for a higher level of care.


If you would like a tour of the Bluebell Birth Centre please email: You will need to leave your gestation/due date and we’ll arrange it with you for around 33 weeks onwards.

The tour will take in both labour ward, Swan Ward and Bluebell.

Please note we do not arrange them over the phone.

Contact and location

Tel: +44(0)1926 495 321 ext 6973/6976

Click the image below to view a video fly-through of the Bluebell Birth Centre: Flythrough.jpg

Click the image below for a video on how to find the Bluebell Birth Centre.


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