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Patient Information Leaflets

Local Leaflets:

Please download to your device or print, these leaflets are also available via your maternity notes app. Visit this link to find out how to access your record.

  • Antenatal Information Rehabilitation Service - Your Pelvic Floor and Pregnancy.
  • Birth after previous Caesarean -If you have had one or more caesarean deliveries, you may be thinking about how to give birth next time. Whether you choose to have a vaginal birth or a caesarean delivery in a future pregnancy, either choice is safe with different risks and benefits. Overall, both are safe choices with only very small risks.
  • Breastfeeding support groups - For Local Breastfeeding Support contacts.
  • Glucose Tolerance Test - The test is to find out how well your body uses glucose circulating in the bloodstream.
  • Healthy eating - What is healthy eating for diabetes and pregnancy?
  • Hospital map - Welcome to The Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
  • Information following childbirth - Within this booklet you will find information regarding the normal postnatal transition, common complaints within the postnatal period of you and your baby and when to seek medical advice.
  • Information for expectant parents - From the time of conception, you will go through some major changes, physiological and psychological, your experience is unique and the way your body adjusts and changes can be different to anyone else, being healthy will help you cope better with these changes.
  • Informed consent word leaflet - The choices about the care that you wish to receive during your pregnancy and birth rest with you.
  • Maternity Inpatient Information - Please do not bring lots of luggage onto CDS as the space in the rooms is limited. Please consider packing a ‘labour’ bag and then a bag for your stay on the ward that can be kept in the car until needed.
  • Mother and Baby Room - Would you like to have a ‘Mother and Baby’ room during your stay on Castleacre Ward?
  • Newborn Feeding Class - Please come and join us for a 2 hour Newborn Feeding Class. This session will include information and advice on feeding your new baby as well as how to recognise feeding cues, responsive feeding, nurturing your baby, how to tell if your baby is getting enough milk and signs to tell you that your baby is doing well.
  • Normal Labour - What to expect - Please phone Delivery Suite if your waters break, fresh red bleeding (a mucous show is normal), baby isn’t moving as normal,
    strong regular contractions coming every 3-5 minutes, or any other concerns.
  • Oral Morphine - Patient information on using oral morphine as pain relief in the Latent Phase of Labour.
  • Pain relief in labour - This booklet will give you some idea about the pain of labour and giving birth, and what can be done to make it less painful. The people who are looking after you (for example, your midwife, anaesthetist, or obstetrician) will give you more information about the types of pain relief that your own hospital or birth centre provides.
  • Physiotherapy Antenatal Classes 2019 - Fit for Pregnancy and Birth 2020 - Exercise, Breathing and Relaxation. Suitable from 12 weeks pregnant whether this is your first pregnancy or not.
  • Physiotherapy Antenatal Classes 2020 - Fit for Pregnancy and Birth 2020 - Exercise, Breathing and Relaxation. Suitable from 12 weeks pregnant whether this is your first pregnancy or not.
  • Post dates - Our post dates clinic treat-ment aims to reduce the need for a medical induction of labour by 3-5%.This hour long appointment at one of our 5 locations can be arranged by your community midwife.
  • Reducing the risk of DVT - Approximately half of  all cases of blood clots in the deep veins are associated with hospital admissions.
  • The Latent Phase of Labour - This leaflet has been produced to help you answer some of your questions. It will also give you lots of suggestions to help you through the early part of your labour.
  • Time to talk - Would you like a chance to talk to a Midwife about your pregnancy and/or birth experience?
  • Turning a baby in the womb (External Cephalic Version) - ECV is a procedure where gentle pressure is applied on your abdomen to attempt to turn your baby from a breech to head first whilst still in the womb.
  • Vitamin K - Vitamin K is a vitamin which occurs naturally in food especially in liver and some vegetables. We all need Vitamin K.
  • You can stop domestic abuse happening to you - If you or your family are subject to domestic violence, do not be afraid to ask for help.
  • Your anaesthetic for Caesarean section - A Caesarean section can be just as satisfying as a normal delivery, and if it turns out you need a Caesarean section you should not feel that you have let yourself or anyone else down. The most important thing is that you and your baby are safe. A Caesarean section may be the best way to be sure of this.
  • Your elective / planned Caesarean section - A Caesarean Section is planned after careful discussion between you and your Obstetric Team, if it is felt medically best for you and your baby. There are a number of reasons for this which will be discussed with you, along with any risks involved, before the decision is made.
  • 3rd stage of Labour -  This leaflet aims to provide information, and support you in your choice of method for delivery of the afterbirth (placenta and membranes). It is recommended you discuss the following information with your Midwife/ Doctor as your own individual needs may affect your choice.


National Leaflets:

  • Call your Maternity Unit... - It is NOT true... that babies move less at the end of pregnancy. If you think your baby's movements have changed, call your maternity unit straight away, no matter how many times this happens.
  • Group B Streptococcus (GBS) in pregnancy and newborn babies - This information is for you if you (or a friend or relative) are expecting a baby, planning to become pregnant or have recently had a baby. It tells you about group B Streptococcus(GBS) infection in babies in the first week after birth (knownas early-onset GBS) and provides links to further information about late-onset GBS infection.
  • Helping babies arrive safely - MAMA Academy is a charity helping babies arrive safely. We support expectant mums and midwives to aid consistent maternity care throughout the UK. All our information is written by our team of medical advisors and our website is RCM accredited for professionals.
  • Iron in your diet - Iron is important because it helps your body to make haemoglobin. Haemoglobin, or ‘Hb’, is the protein found in red blood cells that carries oxygen around your body and gives blood its red colour.
  • Safer sleep for babies a guide for parents -The information in this booklet about safer sleep has saved many babies’ lives. It is all backed by research that has shown how to reduce the chance of babies dying suddenly with no explanation (known as sudden infant death syndrome, SIDS, or cot death). To reduce the chance of SIDS, families should follow this key advice for baby sleep.
  • Screening tests for you and your baby - Important information about the screening choices you will have during and after your pregnancy.
  • Sex, contraception and pregnancy - Important information for women with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes - If you have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes and are having sex it is important to think about contraception and pregnancy.
  • Tommy's Reporting reduced fetal movements. What should I expect? - Are you worried about your baby’s reduced movements? This leaflet outlines the care that you should expect to receive, depending on which stage of the pregnancy you are at.
  • Why shoudn't I use a home doppler?

Leaflets for Mama Academy and Kicks count in other languages can be found here: &

Useful Contacts:

  • Antenatal Clinic 01553 613866

  • Antenatal Screening Team 01553 613840

  • Castleacre Ward 01553 613710

  • Centeral Delivery Suite 01553 613720

  • Day Assessment Unit  01553 613904

  • Maternity Notes support - 01553 214777

  • Booking Coordinator - 01945 469259

  • Waterlily - Midwife Led Birthing Unit 01553 214635

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