Covid-19 Update and Resources

Coroavirus Update

In light of current advice on limiting social contact we are cancelling all Antenatal classes at Homerton starting from 17 March. The situation will remain under review. We apologise for the cancellation but are keen to make every effort to keep you all as safe as possible. As soon as it is possible to safely resume classes we will be in touch to let you know about the classes you have booked or to give you the opportunity to book if you haven't already. Please find below a package of rescources including class videos starring our Midwives, as well as detailed slide shows with a lot of Homerton specific information and signposting to high quality links and resources.

Due to Covid-19 we are currently unable to offer our usual Antenatal Classes. On these files and videos you can find all the information our Midwives would usually provide at these sessions.

Antenatal Class Videos

Session 1: Normal Birth

Video - Normal Birth

Slides - Normal Birth [pdf] 2MB

Session 2: Delivery Suite and Higher Risk Care

Video - Delivery Suite and Higher Risk Care

Slides - Delivery Suite and Higher risk care [pdf] 1MB

Session 3: Care of the Newborn/Postnatal

Video - Baby and Mother

Slides - Care of the Newborn [pdf] 1MB  and  Taking care of yourself after birth [pdf] 472KB

Leaflet: Infant crying and how to cope [pdf] 124KB

Resources to be used at home

General Resources

Staying emotionally well during Coronavirus [pdf] 132KB

A leaflet explaining why you might be perscribed Clexane and how to use it: Clexane leaflet [pdf] 221KB

Useful services for women in Hackney: 

https://hackney.gov.uk/find-support-services

Coronavirus information in other languages

https://www.doctorsoftheworld.org.uk/coronavirus-information/

Latest advice from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and Public Health England

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG)

https://www.rcog.org.uk/en/guidelines-research-services/guidelines/coronavirus-pregnancy/  

RCOG Information for pregnant women and their families

https://www.rcog.org.uk/en/guidelines-research-services/guidelines/coronavirus-pregnancy/covid-19-virus-infection-and-pregnancy/

Public Health England (PHE)

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-guidance

Pregnancy and Labour Resources
You can find excellent advice on these websites about choosing your place of birth and about early labour

Where can I give birth

Information on the significance of feeling your baby move - available in a wide variety of languages

Labour signs - what happens

Infant Care and Feeding Resources

The Best Beginnings website contains advice on breastfeeding, pregnancy exercise, mental health and premature birth.

Coronavirus and caring for your baby

Coronavirus: Parent information for newborn babies

Illness in newborn babies leaflet [pdf] 134KB

Infant feeding advice during coronavirus and community support info [pdf] 587KB

A complete collection of Infant Feeding resources

https://www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly/baby-friendly-resources/breastfeeding-resources/

A complete collection of Infant Feeding resources in a range of languages

https://www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly/baby-friendly-resources/foreign-language-resources/

Resources in Turkish

Annelik Hizmeti -  Turkish translated Maternity Service Booklet 2020 Annelik Hizmeti.pdf [pdf] 775KB

Doğum sancısı hazırlığı - Turkish translated Preparing for labour Booklet 2020 Doğum sancısı hazırlığı.pdf [pdf] 616KB

Parentcraft sessions

During pregnancy, you will have time to think about your future as a parent and to consider some options for yourself and your baby, including decisions about the birth and about feeding your baby. We provide parent education classes to help you prepare for the birth and for parenthood. For details of where and when classes are held see below.

Breastfeeding is the healthiest way to feed a baby and we encourage women to breastfeed their babies and aim to support you to achieve this. Visit the caring for you and your baby section for more information about breastfeeding.

Parent education classes
Parent education sessions take place in the hospital Antenatal Clinic and are run by midwives. We recommended that you book onto the classes as soon as possible following your 12 week dating scan with the aim of starting the classes between 30 and 34 weeks of pregnancy. You can book by via the Eventbrite links given to you by your midwife. If you have any questions please email huh-tr.antenatalclasses@nhs.net

The course consists of 3 sessions, covering:

  • Normal birth and pain relief
  • Variation of labour and birth
  • Postnatal care, postnatal depression, partner’s role and care of the baby; the crying baby and infant feeding

These sessions can be attended over three consecutive weeks or in one full day weekend session. 
For privacy and infection control reasons we do not offer routine group tours of the unit.

Place of Birth session
The place of birth session is an opportunity for you, at any stage of your pregnancy, to spend some time with a midwife discussing the places of birth that are available to you. 
At Homerton hospital the options include having your baby at home or in the hospital on the Birth Centre or Delivery Suite. At this session we can discuss which option might be most appropriate for you, and answer any questions you may have about our services.

The Place of Birth session is on the first Friday of each month, between 5.30 - 6.30pm in the Antenatal Clinic, no booking is required for this session. 

Birth after Caesarean section information session
If you are more than 20 weeks pregnant and have had a previous baby by caesarean section, you may be interested in attending one of our information sessions where you can find out more about having a vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC). The session is run by a consultant obstetrician and a consultant midwife.

You will

  • meet other parents in a similar situation
  • have a chance to ask questions and find out your options for labour
  • increase your confidence through gaining more information
  • learn practical tips to keep labour normal – relaxation, breathing, positions