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Maternity

Building families building futures

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Welcome to County Durham and Darlington Maternity Services, we are delighted that you are considering having your baby with us.

We are lucky enough to have two hospital sites for you to choose from:

University Hospital of North Durham (UHND) or Darlington Memorial Hospital (DMH)

We also have dedicated community teams to support you, find out more about our Community Midwives service.

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Our focus is on family centred care and we promote normality in birth which means that both our hospital sites provide midwife-led care for mums-to-be and birthing people who are having a low risk pregnancy. There is of course consultant support for those more high risk pregnancies or if intervention is needed during labour.

We aim to provide the best possible experience for mothers, birthing people, babies and families - we want you and your family to be involved in making informed choices about your journey through pregnancy, birth and parenthood. Our aim is to give dignity through kind, safe, compassionate and joined-up care.

We strive to base our practice on the best available evidence. We aspire to continually make every contact with women and families count towards improving their health and wellbeing.

During your pregnancy and labour, decisions should be made with you not for you. To support this, there is a a personalised care plan on the Badgernet notes app that will support and guide women and birthing people to ask question sand plan their care together with healthcare professionals.

Find out more about personalised care and support planning in maternity services in the short video below.

 

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To help you decide where you would like to give birth you can take a tour around our maternity units at University Hospital of North Durham and Darlington Memorial Hospital and meet some of the midwives who would be supporting you through labour.

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Click here to meet the team for both Darlington Memorial Hospital and University Hospital of North Durham

You can watch a video tour below of our maternity unit at University Hospital of North Durham.

 

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You can watch a video tour below of our maternity unit at Darlington Memorial Hospital.

 

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We hope you have enjoyed the video tours and we look forward to welcoming you soon and being part of your delivery experience. Once you have watched the videos, please don't hesitate to contact your midwife if you have any further queries or comments.

Meet some of our midwives and hear why they enjoy working for County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust in this short video.

 

For all other patient experience queries, please click here.

Please click here for further information about the Maternity Services Data Set.

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'Care received was fantastic and I was very well looked after and very impressed.'

Patient, Day Surgery, Darlington Memorial Hospital