COVID-19 & Pregnancy

Information about COVID-19 Vaccination in Pregnancy

If you are pregnant, it is important to have both doses of your COVID-19 vaccine to protect you and your unborn baby.

COVID-19 infection can be serious for pregnant women. Thousands of pregnant women have been safely vaccinated in the UK and worldwide. If you would like to find out more about the vaccine – please see the information below and you can also speak to your midwife.

If you have not yet been vaccinated, you can arrange this by going to: Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination – NHS (www.nhs.uk).

Please see poster and internet links below for further information.

COVID-19 vaccinations are recommended for pregnant women by the Royal College of Midwives and Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Protect yourself and your pregnancy.

Further information available here:

Information about Maternity Services and care during the COVID-19 pandemic

Our COVID-19 question and answer section has been removed now that restrictions have been lifted. If you have any questions or concerns regarding maternity care, please contact your named midwife or hospital.

What do I do if I miss a routine appointment due to self-isolation due to COVID-19 symptoms?

Contact your midwife if you are self-isolating and your midwife will rearrange your appointment for as soon as possible. If you miss an appointment and haven’t heard from your maternity team, please contact them to rearrange the appointment.

Maternity care is essential and has been developed over many years to reduce complications in mothers and babies. There is a potential risk of harm to you and your baby if you don’t attend your appointments, even in the context of COVID-19. It is important that you keep in contact with your maternity team and continue to attend your scheduled routine care when you are well.

If I have COVID-19 symptoms what will be different about the care I receive?

Your maternity team will continue to care for you as planned during labour and the birth.

Due to the COVID-19 virus, and depending on what procedures are being undertaken, the staff will be wearing enhanced personal protective equipment (PPE) to prevent the spread of infection. This can make it more difficult for them to communicate.

Staff wearing PPE will introduce themselves to you and you will know what their role is. Everyone will be doing their best to provide the highest level of care as we always do.

By working together with you and your birth partner we hope to achieve a safe and happy experience for you and your family.

Maternity Units - Contact Information

Bolton NHS Foundation Trust

Maternity Triage: (01204) 390 612

COVID-19 Helpline (Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm): Tel (01204) 487 497

Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care

Maternity Triage: 0161 922 6175

COVID Helpline: 07585 124 955

St Mary’s at Wythenshawe/ St Mary’s at Oxford Road

COVID-19 & pregnancy helpline (Monday to Friday 8am-9pm): 0161 701 5572

St Mary’s at Oxford Road Maternity Triage: (0161) 276 6567

St Mary’s at Wythenshawe Maternity Triage: 0161 291 2724

East Cheshire (Macclesfield District General)

Midwives are contacting women under their care. You can still speak to a midwife at Macclesfield antenatal clinic or day unit. Call 01625 661140.

You will be given details of the hospital where you will give birth to your baby and you will contact them if you think that you might be in labour.

For Stepping Hill Hospital Labour Ward: 0161 419 5551

For Royal Stoke Hospital Labour Ward: 01782 672333

For Leighton Hospital Labour Ward: 01270 612144

For Wythenshawe Hospital Labour Ward: 0161 291 2762

Oldham, Rochdale, North Manchester

Contact numbers list:

https://www.pat.nhs.uk/patients-and-visitors/ward-contact-numbers.htm

Oldham Maternity Assessment Unit: 0161 627 8855

North Manchester Maternity Triage: 0161 922 3167

Stockport – Stepping Hill Hospital

Maternity Triage: 0161 419 5551

COVID-19 advice line (Mon-Fri, 8:30-4:30pm): 0161 419 5514

Wigan, Wrightington & Leigh

Maternity Triage: 01942 778 628

Links and further information

Mental Health & Wellbeing support

Mental Health and Wellbeing support apps:

  • Calmharm app free to download full of ideas of how to ride the wave of distress safely.
  • Cove app free to download , this app enables you to create and use music to express how you are feeling
  • Thrive app free to download, this app uses games to help you learn how to better manage your emotions.

Infant feeding support information:

Infant Feeding support contact numbers:

Bolton

Infant Feeding Service Telephone number: 01204 390423

Bury

Infant feeding support can be accessed by contacting one of 5 Health Visiting teams (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm).

  • Prestwich: 0161 351 2135 (option 1)
  • Whitefield: 0161 351 2135 (option 1)
  • Radcliffe: 0161 724 2086 (option 1)
  • Town Centre: 0161 762 3291 (option 3)
  • Ramsbottom: 01706 282 933

Eastern Cheshire

Infant feeding support is 0300 1234 579 (Mon-Fri, 9-5pm).

Manchester – St. Mary’s

Breastfeeding Helpline Telephone number is 0161 276 8910 (Mon-Fri, 9-5pm).

Manchester Community areas

Telephone support via 0161 720 5982 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm).

Manchester – Wythenshawe

Infant Feeding Support Telephone 0161 291 5461

Pennine – North Manchester

Telephone 0161 720 5982 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm).

Pennine Oldham and Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Home Start (cover Oldham and Tameside) Tel: 07802 883947

Breast feeding Network Tel: 0300 100 0212

Heywood, Rochdale, Middleton

Lactation Consultant telephone support: 0161 716 2835

Salford

Support available via Health Visiting teams. Contact numbers for each area of Salford are:

  • South Tel: 0161 206 3819
  • West Tel: 0161 206 2085
  • East Central Tel: 0161 206 1764
  • Central Tel: 0161 206 6081
  • North Tel: 0161 793 3875

Stockport

Contact numbers for telephone helpline: 0161 419 4430 or 07767 870 506.

Tameside

Home Start Infant Feeding Support duty number is 07802 883 947 (7 days a week)

Breast feeding Network: 0300 100 0212

Trafford

Infant feeding support contact number: 07894 489 937

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh

Infant feeding support contact number in hospital 07384 459 308/07917 580 276

Infant feeding support contact number in community 07795 017 630

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