HEALTH bosses across Herefordshire and Worcestershire urge expectant mums to still attend all appointment and seek support when they need it.
Local health and care leaders are supporting a national campaign encouraging pregnant women to attend any midwife or maternity appointments and seek advice should they have any concerns.
The Regional Midwife for the Midlands praised NHS maternity teams earlier this year for providing high quality care in the face of the most significant challenge to ever face the health services, and urged new and expectant families to continue to come forward for routine checks and urgent advice.
Despite this, health leaders are concerned that fear of contracting the virus is leading to some women not attending routine appointments, or not getting in touch with their midwife or maternity team as quickly as they usually would with any concerns.
Dr Louise Bramble, Clinical Lead for Women and Children for NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire CCG said: “Midwives and Maternity Support Workers across Herefordshire and Worcestershire have continued to deliver safe care for women and their babies throughout this challenging time.
“There have been some changes to how services are delivered and accessed to ensure that they are provided safely for expectant mothers and their unborn babies as well as all health and care staff.
“It is absolutely essential that women continue to attend all appointments, including scans and antenatal checks, to ensure that they and their babies are staying well.
“Maternity services remain open for every pregnant woman. If you have any concerns regarding the movements of your baby, if you’ve noticed any bleeding or if you’re struggling with your mental health during this time, or have any other concerns regarding your pregnancy, please pick up phone and speak to your midwife or your local Maternity Triage Service.”