Women and maternity
Within Surrey Heartlands we aim to achieve sustainable, high-quality physical and mental health care for women and children that meets the wide range of needs in our communities.
We will achieve this through working better together – both the organisations who commission the services and the organisations that provide the services – building on local good practice.
Health and wellbeing
As well as providing care when required, we want to help people to avoid preventable ill-health. We’ll do this by enabling local people to make the right choices for them and their families through support, information and access to early intervention to stop physical and mental ill health at an early stage.
The NHS Long Term Plan supports this focus on prevention and early intervention. Drawn up by those who know the NHS best – frontline health and care staff, patients and their families and other experts – the Long Term Plan is ambitious but realistic. It will give everyone the best start in life; deliver world-class care for major health problems, such as cancer and heart disease, and help people age well.
If you would like information about supporting you and your family’s health and wellbeing, please visit the Healthy Surrey website.
The local maternity and neonatal system operates across Surrey to provide women, birthing people and their partners with a positive, supportive experience from conception through to caring for their baby after the birth.
You can find information on tips for conceiving, choices for giving birth, and what care to expect after the birth on the Healthy Surrey website maternity pages.
Call a Midwife advice line
Surrey Heartlands also plans to give women greater choice, including the creation of a single community midwifery team, a shared home birthing team and the introduction of a shared electronic health record system.
The three hospital trusts involved are Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust and Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
- Call A Midwife Surrey Advice Line – 0300 123 5473
Other local support and information
Safer sleep advice for babies
Following safer sleep advice can reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). The Lullaby Trust provides advice for parents on safer sleep.
Emergency situations and baby boxes
It may not always be possible to access a recommended sleeping space for your baby. For example if you are unexpectedly away from home, fleeing domestic abuse, or in some other emergency situation.
In some situations – as long as the box is positioned where you can easily see or check on baby AND you follow safer sleep guidelines – a baby box can be used as a sleep space. The Lullaby Trust have adapted their safer sleep advice to cover different situations including what to do if you don’t have a cot or are thinking of using a Baby Box.
Further safer sleep advice
If you are worried or need advice about your baby’s sleeping space use speak to your Midwife or Health Visitor.
- Surrey-wide 0-9 Advice Line Families with children aged birth to 19 years can call on 01883 340 922. The line provides support on all aspects of child health, development and parenting – including safer sleep
- Sharing a bed with your baby (Children and Family Health Surrey) Tips and advice if you choose to bedshare, or if you think you may fall asleep when feeding your baby in bed
- A guide to safer sleep video (Lullaby Trust)
- Safer sleep advice for emergency situations (Lullaby Trust)
- Sharing a bed (co-sleeping) with your baby (Lullaby Trust)
- Care seats and SIDS (Lullaby Trust) Babies should not sleep in car seats for long periods, a car seat should never be a replacement for a cot or Moses basket
- Stop smoking support (Health Surrey) Smoking is harmful to babies and children and may cause Sudden Unexpected Death in Infants (SUDI) in 60% of cases
Perinatal Mental Health
The aim of the Surrey Perinatal Mental Health Service is to ensure that:
- Every woman has access to services to support her psychosocial wellbeing as well as that of her infant and her family in order to prevent mental illness during the antenatal period until one year after delivery.
- Every woman is able to access quality perinatal mental health care and treatment at the right time, at the right level and at the right location
Surrey has a specialist mental health service for women who are planning a pregnancy, are pregnant or have a baby up to 12 months old. It is made up of different professionals including psychiatrists, mental health nurses, psychologists and allied health professionals such as occupational therapists.For more information, please visit the Surrey and Borders Partnership website.
Local support and information
For details about the health visitor advice line, please visit the Children's Health Surrey website.
If you are looking for more information about the local service offer provided by Surrey County Council Children’s Services please visit the Surrey Local Offer website. Further information on Learning Disabilities and Autism can be found on this section of our website.
The HANDi app is a new mobile phone app that provides advice and support to parents and carers if their children have symptoms of common childhood illnesses. The HANDi App offers simple and straightforward advice on what to do and who to contact when a child is unwell.You can download the FREE HANDi App for Android phones from Google Play or the Apple App Store for iPhones by searching 'Handi app' Paediatric, then selecting ‘Surrey Heartlands’.
Safeguarding children and young people
Safeguarding means protecting a citizen’s health, wellbeing and human rights; enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect. It is an integral part of providing high-quality health care. Safeguarding children, young people and adults is a collective responsibility.
All staff, whether they work in a hospital, a care home, in general practice, or in providing community care, and whether they are employed by a public sector, private, or not-for-profit organisation, have a responsibility to safeguard children and adults at risk of abuse or neglect in the NHS.
please visit the Surrey Safeguarding Children Partnership website.