- Reference Number: HEY1184/2020
- Departments: Maternity Services
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Your questions answered
This leaflet has been produced to give you general information about your team of midwives. Most of your questions should be answered by this leaflet. It is not intended to replace the discussion between you and your midwife but may act as a starting point for discussion. If after reading it you have any concerns or require further explanation, please discuss this with a member of the healthcare team.
Who will be looking after me during my pregnancy?
The Linnaea Team is a team of midwives providing care to women having a multiple pregnancy in Hull and the East Riding. They work as part of a wider team including Consultant Obstetricians, Physiotherapist, Parent Education Midwife, a team of Sonographers and Midwifery Assistants. The aim of this model of care is so you can develop an on-going relationship of trust, have consistency before and after you have your baby and know the midwife who looks after you during birth.
Having continuity of your carer is associated with increased health outcomes for mothers and babies including being less likely to:
- Lose the baby – 19 in 100 (19%)
- Have a premature baby – 24 in 100 (24%)
- Have regional analgesia – 15 in 100 (15%)
- Have an episiotomy (an incision made in the perineum) – 16 in 100 (16%)
Midwives in your team
You will also be cared for by a Community Midwife before and after your babies are born who is based near your home.
Other members of your team
You will also be cared for by your Consultant Obstetrician, the Sonographer Team in the Ultrasound Department, the Physiotherapist, the Parent Education Midwife, as well as:
Maria Clinical Support Worker in the Antenatal Clinic
Cheryl Midwifery Assistant on Maple Ward
Will my care be different with the Linnaea Team?
The aim of the Linnaea Team is to provide you with seamless care throughout your pregnancy, labour and birth, as well as visiting you at home after your baby is born. The Linnaea Team will also provide antenatal education. Research shows us that women and babies have improved outcomes if they are cared for in this way.
When will I see my midwife?
Your appointment pattern will follow national recommendations for multiple pregnancies where you will see your Consultant Obstetrician in the Antenatal Clinic. You will also see a midwife from the Linnaea Team alongside this appointment. You may also have antenatal care in a clinic close to where you live, this will be provided by your Community Midwife who will be working closely with the rest of the team.
- If you have reduced / altered fetal movements or other pregnancy concerns: Call the Antenatal Day Unit (ADU) on (01482) 382729. The ADU is open 08: 30 – 20:00 Monday to Friday and 08:30 – 17:00 Saturday and Sunday. Outside of these hours your call will automatically be diverted to the Antenatal Ward, so you will be able to speak to a midwife 24 hours a day for help or advice.
- If you have an urgent problem: For example, heavy bleeding call Labour Ward on (01482) 384490
- If you think you may be in labour: Call Labour Ward on (01482) 384490