All pregnant women in Wirral have a named Community Midwife to provide individualised professional and supportive antenatal and postnatal care, regardless of the intended place of birth. Seeing the same midwife regularly, as planned, provides continuity of care and the formation of trust between mother and midwife.
Community Midwives are rotationally on-call 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year for women giving birth at home.
Community Midwives liaise and work closely with the hospital-based midwives and Obstetricians, local GPs, Health Visitors, Social Workers, Physiotherapists and other allied professionals to try to ensure needs are met and families are fully supported.
Each locality has a specialist Neonatal Midwife whose role is to examine and assess any babies born at home or who are taken home from hospital within the first 24 hours after birth.
Community Midwives conduct Parentcraft and birth preparation classes throughout Wirral, including Labour in Motion and Aquanatal sessions.
Community Midwifery care in Wirral is divided into three localities - see documents below for downloadable pdfs.
Mums and Midwives Shop
Mums and Midwives shop is situated at 12 Milton Pavement Grange Shopping Centre Birkenhead.
The shop is open between:
- Monday: 9am-4pm for pre-arranged booking appointments only.
- Tuesday- Friday: 10am-3pm, Drop-in no appointment necessary.
- Saturday: 10am-1pm, Drop-in no appointment necessary.
The shop offers a drop in service with no appointment necessary so you can access midwifery care at a time that's convenient to you.
The shop is run by very experienced Community Midwives who can give you support and reassurance throughout your pregnancy and for a month after you have had your baby as well.
You can call in for a chat or come for a full ante natal check up. Advice is given to you on a wide range of issues to help allay any concerns and help you make the right choices for you and your baby. When you have had your baby you can call in and feed your baby in a welcoming and friendly environment. You can also find out how you can donate your breast milk to the Milk Bank to help premature babies.
Expectant mums in Wirral now have access to a new team of midwives dedicated to women choosing to have their babies at home or in the birth unit at Seacombe Children’s Centre.
The Highfield Birth Team consists of six experienced community midwives who will provide a 24 hour service, 7 days a week giving women access to a known midwife throughout their pregnancy, birth and after their baby is born. The team is the latest addition to Wirral University Teaching Hospital’s community midwifery service, which cares for thousands of women during and after pregnancy.
Named after the former maternity facility on the site of Victoria Central Hospital, the Highfield Birth Team is one of the first of its kind to be up and running in Cheshire and Merseyside. The specialised service makes it easier for mums-to-be to develop relationships with just one or two named midwives over the course of their pregnancy, achieving more continuity and one to one care determined by individual needs and circumstances.
Women under the care of the Highfield Birth Team, are also able to choose from a range of suitable locations for the majority of their antenatal appointments, whether that be a local clinic, at home or even at their place of work where appropriate.
If you are thinking about a home birth or would like to know more about having your baby at the new ‘pop up’ birthing centre opening in Seacombe, please ask your community midwife to refer you to the Highfield Birth Team.
You can also contact the team directly by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 0151 666 3131 during day time hours. Alternatively, please leave a message on 0151 604 7682 and the team will be in touch as soon as possible.