Sage Femme have the safety of our clients as a top priority. Unfortunately, that means that we have had to make changes to the way we give care. This is under constant review. Currently hospitals are saying that women can have one non-interchangeable birth partner and therefore we are not able to accompany you into hospital unless we are in place of another birth partner. We can however do early labour home assessments and provide you with telephone support once you are in hospital.
We would request that you let us know if you or anyone in your household has symptoms so that we can avoid visiting at this time. If you have Covid symptoms or test positive it will be recommended that you have a hospital birth and unfortunately you will not be able to have a birth partner with you.
Our midwives will be wearing full protective equipment for appointments in your home. If you would prefer to have the reassurance of video appointments instead we can organise them in place of physical appointments if that will not negatively impact on your pregnancy. In the event that further assessment is necessary, we will liaise with your booked hospital to ensure that you get the required follow up. We will help you to make the right decisions regarding attendance at the hospital. The NHS is understandably under exceptional strain and we would like to reduce further stress on their systems and risk to you from this contagious virus by reducing unnecessary hospital attendance.
At a time of reduced NHS appointments we can provide you with regular care during and after your pregnancy. In your home with someone you know and trust who is on the end of a phone whenever you need us.
We strongly believe that having continuity of care during your pregnancy and the opportunity to discuss your concerns and preferences will greatly increase your chances of a good birth outcome. We will get to know you and help you to put together a birth plan that is individual to you.
If end of pregnancy or early labour events lead to changes to that plan we can help you understand why and advocate for the best compromises.
Postnatal care is always important and having someone visit who you have got to know in the pregnancy and can trust will make the time less stressful allowing you to really focus on your recovery and caring for your baby. If you opt for the antenatal package you have the option of waiting until 36 weeks before committing to the postnatal package.
Please see our pricelist for the different options for antenatal and postnatal care.