[toggle title=”When the maternity service opens as a midwifery led unit how many local women will be able to choose to have their baby at the Hospital?“]
Providing the woman meets the criteria, the unit will be able to accommodate approximately 300 births a year.
[toggle title=”What will happen to those women who have already booked in to have their baby when the Solihull maternity unit is scheduled to be closed for a short period of time to births?“]
All of these women are being contacted by midwives from the community and/or Hospital to explain the options available. All women will automatically be offered the choice of either Heartlands or Good Hope Hospital. They may choose another unit.
[toggle title=”Will woman still be able to have their antenatal care at the Hospital?“]
There will be no changes to antenatal care. All women choosing to have their antenatal care at Solihull Hospital will be able to have this.
[toggle title=”What choices do women have if they are not able to have their baby at Solihull Hospital?“]
Antetnatal care is still being offered at Solihull Hospital. If a woman is not able to have her baby at Solihull Hospital she will be offered a number of choices including Heartlands and Good Hope Hospitals. Some women may choose to look at alternative hospitals and all options will be discussed in full with the mother by community based midwives.
[toggle title=”What is being done for those women who choose to be transferred to Heartlands or Solihull Hospital?“]
All women and partners will be offered the opportunity to visit the hospitals while they are thinking about their choices.
[toggle title=”What happens to woman turning up to the Hospital in labour during the time the maternity unit is closed to births?“]
Anyone turning up to Solihull Hospital in labour will be assessed by staff and a decision will be made on a case by case basis.
[toggle title=”What happens to a women who has complications during labour who is in the Solihull midwifery led unit?“]
If there is a concern during labour, or immediately after delivery with mother and/or baby arrangements will be made to transfer to the appropriate maternity unit. The ambulance service will treat any request by the Hospital to transfer a women in labour or a women and her newly born baby as an emergency. This is the same as any emergency where the ambulance service responds within eight minutes of the call. This will mean that an ambulance will be onsite under blue light and will transfer to hospital under blue light thus ensuring this is as fast as possible.
[toggle title=”How fast will an ambulance get to a women in labour at Solihull Hospital?“]
The ambulance service will treat any request by the Hospital to transfer a women in labour or a women and her newly born baby as an emergency, within eight minutes of the call. This will mean that an ambulance will be onsite under blue light and will transfer under blue light ensuring this is as fast as possible.
[toggle title=”What are the main factors which will mean a women cannot choose Solihull Hospital to deliver her baby?“]
The unit, once reopened, will only be able to take low risk women similar to those women who are able to have a home birth. Any women with a medical condition or complications will not be able to chose Solihull Hospital to deliver their baby.