Maternity Services

There is a maternity unit in both Antrim Area Hospital and Causeway Hospital, Coleraine. At both of our inpatient facilities there is a team of doctors, midwives and support staff who will provide care which is tailored to meet the needs of the women and their families who use our maternity service. There is also a dedicated team of community midwives who will provide a full range of midwifery care to women who live within the Northern Trust.

Baby and U

Our Baby and U – Your Pregnancy Journey section provides information and resources that will help you make informed choices regarding your pregnancy, place of birth, and birth choices.

You can also use the self-referral forms to request a ‘Booking Appointment’ at the Maternity Unit of your Choice within the NHSCT.

Maternity Unit Virtual Tours

Maternity Unit Virtual Tour, Causeway Hospital Transcript

Maternity Unit Virtual Tour, Antrim Hospital Transcript

UNICEF Baby friendly accreditation

Every year approximately 4000 babies are born in the Northern Trust area. The Northern Trust promotes and supports breastfeeding and has UNICEF Baby friendly accreditation, achieving the highest standard, the Gold award in 2018.

For more information on Breastfeeding Support within the NHSCT please visit Breastfeeding Support 

The antenatal department are hosting online breastfeeding workshops to assist you in your breastfeeding journey. You and your partner can attend from 36 weeks gestation. The classes take place via zoom and booking is not required.

Date and Time

4th January 2023 11-1pm
8th February 2023 11-1pm
8th March 2023 11-1pm
5th April 2023 11-1pm
3rd May 2023 11-1pm
31st May 2023 11-1pm

Meeting ID: 2350461754 Passcode: 840980

UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative

New Midwifery Led zoom classes

Hypnobirthing Zoom classes

Join our ‘Calm and Confident’ Hypnobirthing Zoom classes, suitable between 27-33 weeks of pregnancy (applications must be made after week 20 of pregnancy).

Hypnobirthing techniques encourage deep relaxation to help a pregnant woman feel physically, mentally and spiritually prepared for the birth of their baby. It is an evidence-based form of antenatal education designed to help facilitate a more positive birth experience. *Limited spaces available.

To book your place please email hypnobirthing@northerntrust.hscni.net including your;

  • Full name/partners name
  • Due date
  • Mobile number
  • Number of previous births
  • Causeway/Antrim hospital number

Pregnancy Yoga classes

Pregnancy Yoga can benefit lots of pregnant women in many different ways. Classes are now available for ladies who have booked their birth at the Causeway Maternity Unit. The classes will be delivered over 6 weeks via zoom by midwives specially trained in pregnancy yoga, so you can be accessed from the comfort of your own home from 12 to 32 weeks pregnant. Please speak to your community midwife or the midwife at the antenatal clinics in Causeway to get registered.

Visiting Guidelines

For the most up to date Maternity Services information and visiting guidance please visit;

Visiting information for pregnant women attending Maternity Services– Updated November 2022

Northern Trust visiting arrangements

Following new guidance we would request that your partner/visitor take a lateral flow test prior to attendance at hospitals. Please do not attend if the test is positive and follow department of health guidance.

Order coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid lateral flow tests. Use this service to order free packs of rapid lateral flow tests to be sent to your home.

Read a letter from the Chief Medical Officer on COVID-19 testing

 

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