Every ward has a ward manager; if you have any
concerns whilst an in-patient, or you think we could improve
something, we would encourage you to make them aware so we can
ensure your needs are met. If the manager is not on duty there is a
team of modern matrons who can be contacted to assist further.
Staying in hospital
To make your stay in hospital more
comfortable you are invited to bring your own clothes to wear as
well as clothes for your baby. Please also bring with you a supply
of disposable nappies and sanitary towels.
Discuss with your midwife your requirements
for your hospital stay; we also have a leaflet in the Antenatal
Clinic that may help.
If all goes well with your labour and delivery
you will be discharged home within 24 hours, where your care will
be continued by the community midwifery team.
Newborn Hearing Screening Test
The Newborn Hearing Screening test is offered
to all babies on the ward. Please see the Screening tests for you
and your baby booklet for more information.
Feeding Your Baby
Breastfeeding give your baby the best
possible start in life and benefits you too.
- Breastmilk is the best form of nutrition for babies as it has
all the nutrients a baby needs
- Breastfeeding helps to protect your baby from infection,
because antibodies are passed into the breastmilk
- Breastfeeding reduces the mother's risk of breast cancer and
If you are using drugs or alcohol, or are
prescribed Methadone or other medications, it does not mean that
breastfeeding is inadvisable - specialist advice is always
available to help you give your baby the best start in life.
Saint Mary's Hospital has full Baby Friendly Initiative
Accreditation for breastfeeding from UNICEF and maintained this
prestigious award following reassessment in 2013. This means that
our women and their families are receiving a high level of care
relating to feeding their babies.
There is also a breastfeeding helpline
available Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm that offers advice for
mothers after discharge from hospital on 0161 276 8910.
However, your midwife is also there to offer
you help and support with your choice of feeding method for your
Please have a look at some of these useful
What an effective breastfeed looks like
Information on bottle feeding
Caring for your baby at night
Unicef breastfeeding video
Unicef information in several languages
Our Infant Feeding Coordinators are Kathy
Henshall and Natalie Jones, and they can be contacted on the above
Newborn Intensive Care Unit
The unit has intensive care cots for babies
born throughout the North West region. If it becomes obvious before
labour or delivery that you baby will need intensive or special
care, your midwife can arrange for you to visit the unit. The
unit also cares for babies born within the region who may require
As there is a great demand for the unit's
cots, we will transfer your baby to your local hospital as soon as
possible. This helps keep more of the specialist cots available at
Saint Mary's for other babies. It also makes it easier for you,
your relatives and friends to care for your baby nearer to your own
As part of our service, we have a Family Care
Scheme to offer you support and practical advice throughout your
pregnancy, during your baby's admission to the unit and on
Going home Family Planning
Your midwife and obstetrician will be happy
to discuss family planning choices with you before you leave the
hospital. You can also discuss your choices further with your GP
and local midwife.
Family planning and sexual health screening
are also available every Wednesday from 13:30pm to 15.30pm. No
appointment is necessary.
Zion Community Resource Centre
339 Stretford Road
Tel: 0161 226 5412/6669
Leaving Hospital and Care at Home
Provided everything goes well with your
labour and delivery you will be discharged home within 24 hours.
Your GP and local midwife will be informed when you and your baby
are going home. Once home, your local midwife will visit you within
24 hours and arrange a programme of care to suite you and your
baby. Your midwife will also leave a contact telephone number. If
you have not received a visit from the community midwife please
telephone the Radio Telephone Room on 0161 276 6246.
Babies and young children must always travel
in an appropriate car seat. Never use a rear-facing baby seat in
the front of the care when an airbag is fitted (unless it is
switched off). If using a front-facing seat, position the car seat
as far back as possible. Should the car have airbags in the rear,
check the car manual or contact the manufacturer to see if it has
been tested with a car seat fitted and get a copy of the research
results before fitting the seat.
Sadly, this affects a number of families each
year. However, research has shown that the following measures are
known to help avoid cot death.
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- Do not sleep in bed or on a sofa with your baby
- Do not lay your baby down on his/her front when he/she is going
- Lay your baby on his/her back with feet at the bottom of the
cot (feet to foot). (There is no evidence that a baby will choke in
- Do not smoke in the same room as your baby
- Do not sleep with your baby if you are on medication such as
methadone or have drunk alcohol or taken drugs or are excessively
- Do not overwrap or overdress your baby when he/she goes to
sleep, but keep them room warm instead
- If your baby is ill, contact your doctor without delay.