Women's & Newborn Unit (Maternity Unit)
In the event of an emergency please contact : 01274 364515 or 01274 364514 Labour Ward
Welcome to Bradford Women's and Newborn Unit
Having a baby is a life-changing event and here at Bradford we want you and your family to feel empowered and confident in your journey through pregnancy and childbirth. Our aim is to ensure you have the best possible experience along with a high standard of care.
We offer a full range of services for more than
6,000 women and families every year based in the hospital and the community
setting, ranging from specialist care for women who need closer monitoring to a
home birth service for women with healthy pregnancies.
A Supervisor of Midwives is available 24 hours a day. Contact numbers: 01274 364500 8.30-4.30 monday-friday. 01274 542200 (out of hours).
For more information click the following link:
Supervisor of Midwives
We are a `Baby Friendly Initiative' hospital accredited for our good practice around infant feeding by Unicef.
Antenatal and Newborn Screening
Antenatal and Newborn Screening
What is screening?
Screening is the process of identifying women and babies who may be at an increased risk of a disease or condition. The screening provider can then offer information, further tests and treatment. Screening is important as it can save lives or improve quality of life through early risk identification and/or reduce the risk of developing a serious condition or its complication.
What screening tests will I be offered in pregnancy?
During your pregnancy, you will be offered a range of screening tests, including blood tests and ultrasound baby scans. These tests are designed to help make your pregnancy safer, check and assess the development and wellbeing of you and your baby, and screen for particular conditions.
You do not have to have any of the tests. However, it is important to understand the purpose of all tests so that you can make an informed decision about whether to have them. Discuss this with your maternity team.
Your midwife or GP should send you a booklet about antenatal and newborn screening called ‘Screening tests for you and your baby’. It is important that you read the booklet and inform your midwife of any relevant conditions that may occur in you, your partner or your immediate families. If you click on this hyperlink you will find the booklet in many other languages.
You can find out more about each of the different screening tests by clicking on the links:
- screening for infectious diseases (hepatitis B, HIV, syphilis)
- screening for inherited conditions (sickle cell, thalassaemia and other haemoglobin disorders)
Ultrasound baby scans
It is recommended that all pregnant women in England are offered a minimum of two ultrasound scans during pregnancy. At the first antenatal appointment you will be offered an early pregnancy scan. This should take place after 8 weeks and before 13+6 weeks of pregnancy. The purpose of the scan is to assess how many weeks pregnant you are, assess the number of babies you are having and check your baby’s wellbeing.
At 18+0 and 20+6 weeks pregnant you will be offered an anomaly scan. The purpose of the scan is to look for any structural abnormalities (problems) your baby may have.
You will be offered screening for Down’s syndrome, Edwards syndrome and Patau’s syndrome between 11 and 14 weeks of pregnancy. This is called the combined test because it combines an ultrasound scan with a blood test. The scan can be carried out at the same time as the dating scan. If you are too far on in your pregnancy (more than 14 weeks) to have the combined test, you will be offered a blood test between 14 and 20 weeks of pregnancy that screens for Down's syndrome. This test is not quite as accurate as the combined test.
Some screening tests will also be offered to your baby after they are born. You can read more about these tests by clicking on the links here:
Antenatal and Newborn screening timeline: NHS screening timeline
Review date: October 2018