Poole Hospital’s maternity service is based at St Mary’s Maternity Hospital, located across the road from the main Poole Hospital site. The maternity hospital provides a comprehensive service, offering women as much choice as possible in their maternity care. Care is shared between midwifery and medical staff, and is undertaken in community settings and within the maternity hospital.
Birthing facilities include the Haven Birthing Suite, which has three birthing pools and the Central Delivery Suite which has two birthing pools
St Mary’s Maternity Hospital is the center for all high-risk care in East Dorset and is fully equipped to meet the needs of women and babies with complications, as well as women with normal pregnancies and births. Around 5,000 babies are delivered by maternity staff each year, both in patients’ homes and within the hospital.
The hospital offers a variety of pain relief methods to patients during delivery, including aromatherapy, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), and drug-based pain relief. The unit also has a number of pools for waterbirthing.
On the first floor of the hospital is the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), which contains twenty cots – four of those are intensive care cots, six are high dependency cots and ten are special care cots. This unit treats babies requiring special care, whether it is due to pre-maturity, illness at delivery or health problems during the baby’s stay at hospital.
The Transitional Care Unit deals with less severe cases, and care is given by mothers, who are supported by midwives and maternity support workers within the unit.
A virtual tour of the unit is available here.
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