Maternity services at Colchester uniquely offers midwifery led care to women at home, a choice of midwifery led coastal units in Clacton and Harwich and a co-located midwifery led unit at Colchester hospital. Our Consultant led Delivery suite has recently been completely refurbished with an emphasis on ‘Normality’ this includes Wall graphics and soft tone wall colours, Birthing Pools, Multitrack system Birthing Balls, Birthing chairs, and Floor mats
Women are placed at the centre of care and we offer choice, support, information and safe care to women and their families throughout pregnancy, labour and postnatally. Promotion of normality is central to our philosophy. We offer birth choice clinics and dedicated antenatal preparation for women who have experienced a previous complicated birth. Water birth is available in all locations. A wide range of antenatal classes are offered including free Hypnobirthing , relaxation classes and waterbirth workshops. We currently have Baby Friendly level 3 status and have a high breastfeeding initiation rate.
We offer a comprehensive preceptor ship program and all midwives are allocated protected time to attend our innovative, multidisciplinary y stat training programme. Continued education is supported and includes; NIPE, Mentorship and NLS and midwifery masters.