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Community Midwives

Congratulations you are pregnant click here for further information on what happens next and meeting your community midwife.

Community midwives are often your first point of contact and we work from community hubs and GP surgeries close to where you live.

We work everyday of the year, including Christmas day, providing care during your pregnancy and when you return home after your baby is born.

We will also provide your care in labour if you choose to deliver your baby at home.

Due to staffing pressures within our maternity service, the home birth service is currently suspended at County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust.

If you are hoping to birth at home, we would please encourage you to speak to your midwife and as a service we will look to meet your needs as much as possible in planning for your labour and birth.

This is not a decision we have taken lightly.

The safety of our parents-to-be is always our priority and we apologise for any distress this may cause.

We are continually reviewing the position and will reinstate our home birthing service as soon as we are assured that we can support our women with a safe, high quality service.

Community midwives work alongside maternity care assistants to provide support and information on maintaining a healthy lifestyle while pregnant, preparing for your labour and birth, feeding your baby, preparing to become parents and supporting you in the early days after birth.


Your community midwife wants you to feel happy with all aspects of the care you receive both while you are pregnant and when you have your baby.

Please watch the short films provided from some of our community midwives who chat about feeding, screening, cord care and bonding.

Regular antenatal care is important for your health and the health of your baby.

Community midwives are trained to assess your pregnancy and your developing baby, plan your care, carry out all of your appointments and refer you to the hospital team if problems are identified.

If you have been referred to the hospital team your community midwife will continue to see you and share your antenatal care.

We have 7 community teams that cover the whole of County Durham and Darlington.

You can ring the office of your local team to inform them of your pregnancy and get further information, or you can register your pregnancy with your GP who will forward your details to us.

  • Consett Continuity Team 01207 405501
  • Bishop Auckland Continuity Team 03000 267160
  • Stanley and Chester-le-Street Community Midwives 01207 285533
  • Durham Community Midwives 0191 3876537
  • Ferryhill and Spennymoor Community Midwives TBC
  • South Durham Community Midwives 01388 455570
  • Darlington Community Midwives 01325 743255

Please take a look at the community midwife videos which contain lots of valuable and up to date information and explains our role in this exciting time in your life.

We suggest you take a look at the introduction, health advice and screening videos prior to your first midwife appointment.

'I would like to thank all the staff for my treatment and their professionalism.'

Patient, Cardiology Department, Bishop Auckland Hospital