Yeovil Maternity Service serves the population of East Somerset and North Dorset and is based at Yeovil Hospital. Women who choose to come here are cared for by a friendly, experienced team of midwives who, together with their obstetric and paediatric colleagues, strive to achieve excellent outcomes for mothers and babies.

Women can choose to have their babies in the maternity unit or at home. We are fully supportive of low risk women who choose to have their babies at home with our new home birth team. Women coming into the maternity unit to have their babies are looked after in one of our en-suite birthing rooms, most of which have lovely views over Yeovil and surrounding countryside.

The midwives work in one of four community teams across the area, with a linked midwife providing antenatal clinics for each GP practice either in the surgery itself or in a nearby Children’s Centre. The Midwives also run a daily drop in service based at the hospital for both antenatal and postnatal appointments with no need to book in advance.

For women choosing us to care for them during pregnancy, birth and beyond, we aim to provide high quality maternity care with a personal approach. We are very proud of the fact that our midwives prioritise providing one to one care in labour to support women and their partners through this life changing event. Through giving women the confidence to give birth naturally we find that many are able to avoid prolonged or difficult labours.

We equally strive to ensure that women with risk factors are fully supported throughout their pregnancies and receive an excellent standard of high risk care in labour with close monitoring from our consultant obstetricians and their teams.

What mum says…

Fantastic care provided – staff were very helpful and went out of their way to help me provide the best care for my baby whilst also meeting both our health needs to a high standard.”

About the maternity department

Helen Williams – Head of Midwifery

Lindsey Burningham – Maternity Matron for Antenatal Outpatient & Community Services, Public Health & Screening

Eleanor Hollyoak – Maternity Matron for Inpatient services and Labour Ward

Nicki Crouch – Risk Manager

Cedar Midwives cover the furthest boarders of the Yeovil catchment area and cover GP surgeries at Apples, Bruton, Bute House, Castle Carey, Newlands, Milbourne Port, Queen Camel, Wincanton and Yetminster.

Each surgery has an appointed midwife attached to each surgery that regularly runs an antenatal clinic however you may see a different midwife within the team during your antenatal and postnatal care. Due to the small number of women in some of these areas some antenatal clinics run every other week.

The cedar team run a drop in service from the Balsam Centre in Wincanton every Friday from 1pm-4pm.

To speak with a member of the Cedar team please call 01935 384449. This is not a manned telephone line but for all non-urgent enquires please leave your name, telephone number and a message. A member of the team will contact you within the next working day.

Team leader: Sally Dolman

Sue Andrews

Vanessa Monk

Lisa Bradshaw

Kelli Adams

Sarah Riggs

Sally Keeping

Meg Perkins

Lydia Clews

Amy Simpson

Oak Team cover GP surgeries at Preston Grove, Penn Hill and Hendford Lodge.

Each surgery has an appointed midwife attached to each surgery that regularly runs an antenatal clinic however you may see a different midwife within the team during your antenatal and postnatal care.

To speak with a member of the Oak team please call 01935 384808. This is not a manned telephone line but for all non-urgent enquires please leave your name, telephone number and a message and a member of the team will contact you within the next working day.

Team leader: Louise Newall

Claire Corner

Lorna Nesbit

Hollie King

Taryna Price

Hannhah Roe

Katey Riggs

Katey Bowden

Helen Carey

Kerry Casey

Maple Team cover central Yeovil run antenatal clinics from the following GP surgeries: Abby Mannor, Oaklands (Birchfield area), Ryalls Park, Yeovil Health Centre (Boots) and West Coker Surgery.

Each surgery has an appointed midwife attached to each surgery that regularly runs an antenatal clinic however you may see a different midwife within the team during your antenatal and postnatal care.

To speak with a member of the Maple team please call 01935 384914. This is not a manned telephone line but for all non-urgent enquires please leave your name, telephone number and a message and a member of the team will contact you within the next working day.

Team leader: Leanne Adams

Sarah Northover

Sarah Champion

Jane Kennard

Jacqueline Cole

Rachel Edwards

Trudie Fage

Lyn Crocker Eakins

Lucinda Breaden

Barbera Damon

Cathy Nettley

Rowan team cover GP surgeries at Crewkerne, Illchester, Martock, Somerton South Petherton and Stoke Sub Hamdon.

Each surgery has an appointed midwife attached to each surgery that regularly runs an antenatal clinic however you may see a different midwife within the team during your antenatal and postnatal care . Due to the small number of women in some of these areas some antenatal clinics run every other week.

Rowan team midwives also run a drop in service at Ashlands Children Centre in Crewkerne every Friday morning from 9.30am to 11.30am.

To speak with a member of the Rowan team please call 01935 384489. This is not a manned telephone line but for all non-urgent enquires please leave your name, telephone number and a message and a member of the team will contact you within the next working day.

Team leader: Allyson Brown

Caroline Graham

Lucy Thomas

Julia Evans

Sophie Smith

Kathy Brunt

Dominie Hutchinson

Lorraine Telfer

Julie Box

Aimee Hockaday

Carmel Moore

Kate Stevens

 

Fern is our newest midwives to the team and are completing its first preceptorship year after graduation as students. Fern team rotates throughout community, antenatal clinics and labour ward to gain additional skills within their first year as qualified midwives.

Isabel Baker

Samantha Cole

Nadine Horgan

Zoe Leonti-Woods

Lucie Wilson

We are also pleased to provide a small team of midwives who specialise and are passionate about homebirth and are pleased to support low risk women who choose to have their baby at home. Please see the Homebirth Page for more information if you are considering a homebirth or would like to discuss the options available to you.

Team leader: Steph Larcombe

Lily Tiller

Lyndsay Stevenson

Lucy Dibben

Florbela Vaz

 

The Acorn team is made up of two specialist midwives, Dawn Sherry and Amelia Ludwig, who care for vulnerable women with additional needs in their pregnancy. This can include women who have a history of substance or alcohol abuse, domestic violence or social services input. The Acorn team are able to provide further support and information on a range of subjects including finance, housing and additional health support.

The team also provides specialist care for young parents under the age of 19 to give additional support throughout pregnancy. Amelia is able to run antenatal classes and activities for parents-to-be under 19 years old who can meet up with other young mums.

 

Day Care Assessment Unit (DCAU) is a small team of midwives that run the daily outpatient clinic. The midwives work alongside our obstetric colleagues to provide care for women needing extra monitoring in their pregnancy.

Sally Culliford

Debbie Hockley

Katey Riggs

Katey Bowden

Hollie King

Meg Perkins

Hannah Roe

We also have a variety of midwives who also work within specialist roles within different areas of maternity

Sallyann Batstone – Infant Feeding and StopSmoke Midwife

Sara Stride – Midwifery Lecturer Practitioner

Sally Culliford – Practice Educator

Natalie Phipps – Antenatal and Newborn screening coordinator

Judy Atkin – Midwifery lead for labour ward

Alison Dennett – Midwifery lead for community

Paige Thompson – Digital Lead Midwife for Early Adopters Project

Ground floor

The ground floor of the Women’s Hospital contains the main reception area, antenatal clinic and scan department. Antenatal clinics, booking appointments and midwives drop in services run from the ground floor and operate daily.

The ground floor of the women’s hospital has a private room with a baby chancing area and space for those wishing to breastfeed whilst waiting for appointments who require the privacy to do so.

There is also a small coffee shop located directly at the entrance, opening on weekdays from 09.30-16.30 which sells hot drinks, snacks and light refreshments. There is also access to the garden of remembrance from the back of the coffee shop.

First Floor

Jasmine is a ward situated in the Women’s Hospital on the first floor, specialising in gynaecology. Staff care for ladies undergoing elective gynaecological surgery and run specialist Colposcopy, Fast Track, Menorrhagia and Gynaecology Minor Procedure clinics

Jasmine ward also provides care for women experiencing problems in early pregnancy, up to 20 weeks’ gestation. Early Pregnancy Assessment Clinic (EPAC) and Emergency Gynaecology Assessment Unit (GAU) services are also located on Jasmine ward.

Second floor

On the second floor is Freya Ward staffed by midwives to provide antenatal and postnatal care for women and their babies. Freya ward consists of 15 beds including two newly refurbished en-suite side rooms and a single private room.

There is also a small kitchen area for women to help themselves to refreshments and a nursery with areas to bath and change babies.

Visiting times for Freya Ward are between 10am and 10pm for parents and their own children/stepchildren (any age)

All other visitors are permitted from 2pm – 7pm

*please note that children are under 11 years are not allowed on Freya Ward

We kindly ask that you do not bring flowers to Freya ward when visiting friends and family.

Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) is also located at the far end of Freya ward on the 2nd floor. SCBU has recently been fully refurbished, thanks to the fundraising efforts of Yeovil Hospital Charity’s Flying Colours Appeal and have facilities to care for up to eight babies.

Day Care Assessment Unit (DCAU) is located on  floor 2 and is run by a small dedicated team of midwives alongside obstetricians to provide antenatal outpatient services for women with high risk pregnancies or those requiring extra care on an appointment based system.

Third floor

The labour ward is on the third floor and is dedicated to the care of women in labour or those in need of care from over 20 weeks’ gestation. The five labour rooms are named after flowers and have specially commissioned art work, all refurbished labour rooms have a private ensuite bathroom and ensure a cosy and comfortable home from home feel, ideal for labour.

Labour ward also offers a large birthing pool in our Waterlily room located across the main corridor for added privacy.

Maternity theatres are located at the far end of Labour ward and staff are able to deliver both emergency and elective care for women requiring caesarean section, emergency or operative procedures.

Pick up and drop-off spaces

Pick up and drop-off spaces, offering a maximum of 20-minutes free parking, are available outside the Women’s Hospital entrance. These are monitored by automatic number plate recognition cameras. Vehicles parked for longer than the allowed time in these areas or other parts of the hospital site may incur a parking charge notice.

Please use these spaces for drop-off and collection only.

More information about getting to Yeovil Hospital and parking can be found here:

Car parking and how to find us