Philosophy of care
We aim to deliver high quality maternity care throughout pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period, ensuring that the birth of a child is a safe, life-enhancing experience for the woman, her partner and family.
We want women and their families to be involved in making choices about their journey through pregnancy, birth and parenthood, by giving good and timely information. We will respect their decisions and afford dignity through kind and compassionate care.
We promote normality in childbirth. Women can come straight to our midwives to access maternity care, will have a named midwife who will support them in their choice of place of birth, and then have one-to-one care in labour.
We aim to base our practice on the best available. We strive continually to make every contact with women and families count towards improving their health and wellbeing.
Our facilities and services
The Shropshire Maternity Services can keep care close to home. We have Community Midwives at Centres all around the county, at Shrewsbury, Telford, Bridgnorth, Ludlow, Oswestry, Whitchurch and Market Drayton. All of these centres offer antenatal and postnatal care. You have the choice of giving birth at home, in a Midwife Led Unit (at Shrewsbury, Telford, Bridgnorth, Ludlow or Oswestry), or in the Consultant Led Unit at Shrewsbury.
The SaTH trust is unusual in having its own Midwife Sonographers, working alongside three Fetal Medicine Specialist Consultants. We provide routine scanning at Shrewsbury, Telford and Oswestry, and specialist scanning at Shrewsbury and Telford.
We offer a combined Down’s screening test, comprising measurement of the nuchal fold and blood tests. Women who cannot have the combined test, are offered a ‘quad’ blood test.
Our Trust is committed to helping parents make an informed choice of how to feed their babies. Written information on breastfeeding is given at booking appointments and a longer discussion then takes place around 28 weeks. At this time the woman is also invited to attend Breastfeeding Workshops. She has the opportunity throughout her pregnancy to ask questions and gain confidence in the choices she makes.
Following delivery there is the opportunity for her to receive one to one breastfeeding support from midwives, neonatal nurses and Women’s Services support workers anywhere in our Maternity service. We also have some Midwives/Lactation Consultants, who can support women if breastfeeding difficulties become more complex or challenging. We can also offer day admission to one of our Midwife Led Units for breastfeeding support if necessary.
We are working towards UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative accreditation. We have achieved Stage One and working towards Stage Two which involves training of all relevant staff, based on the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, is well underway.
The Infant Feeding Co-ordinator is also available daily for breastfeeding support on the postnatal ward and neonatal unit. Mothers at home with ongoing complex breastfeeding problems in the early postnatal period can also access her for breastfeeding support on a one to one basis.