Our Services


Our maternity service provides excellent care for more than 6,000 women a year.

We offer great facilities, pride ourselves on the individual care and attention each woman and family receives and we promote a philosophy of normal and natural labour and childbirth and midwives support women to achieve this.

If you need more specialised or complex care, our medical team of 15 dedicated and experienced consultants will ensure you have the best birthing experience possible.

Trust your instincts: Call your midwife or our maternity unit if you are worried.

Ingleside Birth Centre for birthing your baby is currently closed.

This is a constantly changing situation and we would like you to use this website for the most up-to-date information and advice.

Your pregnancy and birth

We know that pregnancy can be an exciting but daunting time for women and their partners. There are many choices to make and questions to answer and we want you and your family have the best possible experience at this special time.

We understand how important it is to have support during pregnancy, and welcome:

Inpatient wards (M2, M4, M5)

  • On the postnatal and antenatal wards two adult persons may visit at any one time between 9am-9pm.
  • The two adult persons may change over.
  • No more than two adult persons should be present at the bedside at any one time.
  • Other children/siblings may visit during the postnatal period between 2-7pm, but must not be left unaccompanied at any time.

Visitors may be asked to leave the ward if privacy is required for an intimate examination or consultation.

M4 and M5 have been temporarily relocated within the hospital to G4.

Birthing areas

  • Two named adult persons per woman may provide support at any one time before and during birth.
  • After delivery the two named persons may change over when the ‘golden hour’ after birth  has been completed and when the woman is ready to receive guests.
  • No more than two adult persons should be present at the bedside at any one time.
  • Other children/siblings may visit during the postnatal period between 2-7pm, but must not be left unaccompanied at any time.

During your pregnancy you will be offered regular appointments with a midwife or obstetrician. They check that you and your baby are well, give you support and information about your pregnancy to help you make informed choices.

If you have a positive pregnancy test or have recently moved to the area, here’s what to do next.

Get in touch with your local midwifery team as soon as possible to let them know about your pregnancy on 01204 390023. We will then contact you to schedule a first (booking) appointment with one of our midwives.

The NHS pregnancy and baby guide is a comprehensive source on all stages of pregnancy and what you can expect from NHS services. It will tell you how to work out your due date, gives a week by week guide and information on the early days, pregnancy (antenatal care), health and wellbeing, tests scans and checks, vaccinations, twins, common pregnancy ailments, pregnancy-induced conditions, existing health problems and preparing for the birth.

Our fabulous midwives work in teams across all parts of Bolton, Bury and Salford. You will see them throughout your pregnancy and after you give birth. Appointments may be held in children centres, Ingleside Birth Centre and hospital-based clinics.

Midwives may also visit you in your own home, especially after you have had your baby. If you live outside of our catchment area and want to have your baby at the Princess Anne Maternity Unit, you will be asked to come to the hospital to see a midwife here, but will also receive community-based care from midwives attached to your local hospital.

Our maternity services are proud to support you and your family to plan care that is individual to you while taking into account what is most important to you. We support your decision-making with robust, evidenced-based recommendations to help keep you and your baby as safe as possible.

Sometimes you may require enhanced support, time to understand the options before you, or to discuss your preferences for care. Our senior midwives run birth choices clinics at both hospitals to help this process, with the support of our obstetric colleagues.

If you would like to discuss your care options further, please talk to your midwife who can refer you to the clinic.

We’re really proud here in Bolton to be a trust that offers families the ability to have whichever birth they choose.

There are Maternity Choices for where you could give birth.

They are:

  • at home with support from our midwifery team
  • at Ingleside Birth and Community Centre, our midwife led unit in Salford (Unfortunately, Ingleside is currently unavailable as a place of birth)
  • at the Beehive Unit our midwife led unit at Royal Bolton Hospital
  • at the Royal Bolton Hospital delivery suite, our doctor led unit at the hospital

Speak to your community midwife to discuss which option is best for you during your next appointment. You can change your chosen place of birth at any point during your pregnancy by discussing it with your midwife.

Ingleside Birth and Community Centre

*Unfortunately, Ingleside is currently unavailable as a place of birth.*

Ingleside is set in a beautiful setting within Oakwood Park, Salford. Ingleside offers low risk women a unique birthing experience in a setting surrounded by nature in the heart of the community.

Would you like your care to be provided in a ‘home from home’ environment under the care of highly experienced midwives? Ingleside houses four spacious en-suite birthing rooms, each decorated with a modern and homely feel, with large, under lit birthing pools, dimmable mood lighting, Bluetooth speakers and flat screen TVs.

Feel free to contact us for a tour of Ingleside birth centre or for an informal chat with our team by calling us on 0161 357 1006 or ingleside@boltonft.nhs.uk.

What to bring with you

As you approach 36 weeks of pregnancy, we encourage you to start packing a bag ready for you and your baby regardless of where you are planning to give birth. You will normally stay in hospital from six hours to two days following the birth of your baby—therefore you need only bring enough clothes and other personal items for this length of time.

If you stay longer you can ask friends or relatives to bring extra things for you. Whatever you decide to bring is your personal choice.

We have put together some suggestions below.

For you

  • Any hospital notes, a copy of your birth plan and list of contact telephone numbers
  • An old t-shirt for labour or any comfortable clothing
  • Pair of socks for labour
  • Personal items—toiletries, tissues, tennis ball or wooden massager, massage oils, pillow, water spray, lip salve
  • Toiletries including soap, toothbrush, toothpaste and lip balm
  • Hair bands or clips for long hair
  • Snacks, magazines, newspapers, puzzle books
  • Breast pads
  • Maternity pads and disposable knickers
  • Towel
  • Support bra to wear while breastfeeding
  • Dressing gown, slippers, nightwear
  • Comfortable clothing to go home in

Note: Please leave painkillers at home. We normally prescribe paracetamol and ibuprofen. Please ensure you are not allergic to or have any sensitivities to these medications before taking them.

For your partner

  • Comfortable clothing and a change of clothes
  • Suitable indoor footwear
  • Toiletries
  • Meals and snacks (please note only mothers receive hospital meals in the maternity unit)
  • Change for the carpark

For your baby

  • Baby grows or gowns—baby grows are the best for warmth and comfort
  • Vests and cardigan
  • Hat
  • Baby bath towel
  • Nappies
  • Cotton wool
  • Baby blanket

The main purpose is to medically examine you and your baby.

  • The room will be dark and quiet to allow the sonographer to concentrate
  • The screen will be facing the sonographer while the scan is being done. You will be able to view your baby once all checks are complete
  • We check the pressure of the baby’s heartbeat during the scan, but you will not be able to hear it
  • If we detect a problem with your baby, we will talk to you about this at the end of the scan
  • Taking photos is not allowed – please do not attempt to do this a any point

You will be able to purchase photos for £5 after your scan. Your BMI and babies’ position could affect the quality of the image.

If your pregnancy has been uncomplicated and you are having a hospital birth, it is advisable that you stay at home for as long as possible during the early stages of labour, as long as your baby is moving and you are coping with the contractions. Evidence suggests that your home environment will encourage you to remain relaxed and therefore more able to cope with the pain.

Remember to continue to eat and drink during this time. Please telephone your midwife if:

  • you think your waters have broken
  • your contractions are becoming more painful and regular and you need midwifery support
  • you have experienced any blood loss
  • you have any concerns about the movements of your baby
  • you have any other concerns

From time to time it may be necessary for our maternity team to enlist the support and advice of local social service teams. We will do this in order to ensure the safety and wellbeing of mothers and their unborn or new born babies. Usually these referrals are made with the full consent and cooperation of women and their families.

Safeguarding is a way of protecting people from harm, abuse and neglect. As with all of the health services we provide, your welfare and that of your baby is our highest priority. We will do all that we can to make sure that you both receive the support, compassion and care that you need.

Our specialist midwives are a vital part of our team and they may be involved in your care throughout, depending on your needs.

Our specialist midwives specialise in;

  • Diabetes
  • Mental Health
  • Antenatal Screening for you and your unborn
  • Breastfeeding team
  • Specialist Liaison Cultural midwife and Bereavement care.

If you are less than 16 weeks pregnant and experiencing issues or have any concerns, please call our Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit to speak to our specialist nurses on 01204 390510.

Available 24 hours – 7 days a week.

Please visit our Gynaecology page for more information.

Your midwife will discuss the education we offer at your first appointment to ensure it is right for you.

We also encourage our patients to visit the following website for general antenatal education. This website provides one place to access information about maternity providers in your area.

Skin-to-skin contact is where a baby is dried and laid directly on your bare chest after birth.

However you plan to feed your baby, skin to skin after birth is the ideal way for you to start to get to know each other. In the first few hours after birth, holding your baby in skin to skin will help them to adjust gently to life outside the womb and support you both to begin a close, loving relationship. This benefits a baby’s brain development by reducing stress.

We will encourage you to hold your baby in skin to skin for at least the first hour after birth, and for you to give the first feed during this time. However you choose to feed your baby – they will all benefit from this experience.

Skin to skin contact can benefit you and your baby throughout the first year and beyond. For more information visit meeting your baby for the first time.

Safety in skin to skin – different languages

If you had your baby at home

If you had your baby at home and there are no complications, you will stay at home. Your midwife will make you comfortable, complete any documentation and give you emergency numbers to call before leaving. Your midwife will then arrange to visit you again soon.

If you had your baby at Ingleside Birth Centre

If you birthed your baby at Ingleside, then providing that you and your baby are well then you will stay at Ingleside for up to 6 hours. The midwife caring for you will conduct an examination of yourself and your baby and then you will be discharged home.

If you had your baby in hospital

If you had your baby in hospital, immediately after the birth you will be made comfortable either on the birth centre or labour ward. Your baby will be examined by your midwife. After an hour or so, you and your baby will be transferred to the postnatal ward or, if you are returning home straight from the birth centre, this will be encouraged after 3–6 hours.

If you have a Caesarean section or complicated instrumental birth you will be transferred to the recovery unit for close observation over the first 2–6 hours. When your condition is stable you will be transferred to the postnatal ward.

Before you leave

We will:

  • Give you a postnatal check to ensure you are recovering well and are safe to leave
  • Give your baby a paediatric check, including a hearing screening test
  • Offer a BCG vaccination to your baby
  • Give you leaflets, details of follow-up appointments and any medication you may need
  • Give you a wave goodbye and check if you have any more questions before you go

You will:

  • Need to ensure you know how you are travelling home with your baby, including bringing an appropriate car seat if taking your baby home in your vehicle

You will have a midwife assigned to your care to regularly review you and your baby’s progress. When it is time to go home, s/he will arrange your discharge.

Who will be involved in my care?

  • Midwives: once you have been transferred to the postnatal ward, the ward midwives will plan your care, carry out your postnatal checks, give you advice and arrange your discharge from hospital.
  • Physiotherapist: will provide you with exercises to aid your recovery
  • Health Care Assistants: will assist and support you with breastfeeding, work closely with the midwives and perform routine observations.
  • Maternity Support Workers: will look after you and provide you with support—such as learning new skills in caring for your baby—under the guidance of midwives.
  • Medical staff: will be on hand if they are needed. Your baby will be examined fully in the first 24 hours of life by a neonatologist or midwife before leaving hospital.
  • Neonatal Hearing Screeners: a first hearing test is usually conducted on babies before you go home. The screeners come to the ward every day and will undertake this test for your baby before you leave.
  • Neonatal Team: will provide care to your babies if they need additional reviews or further support.

Screening tests for you and your baby provides information about the screening tests offered during and after pregnancy.

The animation is also available with subtitles and British Sign Language. Subtitled versions include English and translations in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Somali and Urdu.

STFYAYB provides more information about the screening tests offered during and after pregnancy.

Caring for women and families within maternity services is our priority and often involves an examination, medical procedure and or an investigation/screening procedure.

Prior to any of these being undertaken the health care professional will use the latest information to discuss with you why we recommend this to be taken and what will happen during the procedure.

Your consent will be requested prior to each procedure even if you have undertaken the same procedure before.

No procedure will be undertaken without your consent however minor this may be. For some procedures this will be obtained verbally and for other procedures this will be taken by asking you to sign a consent form.

Informed consent may be taken at the time of the procedure or several hours, days or weeks before. If new information or your medical needs change before the procedure commences we will discuss this with you and seek your consent again.

If you are unsure of the information provided or wish to receive additional information, please ask the midwife, doctor or health professional to discuss this further. On some occasions the health care professional will also inform you of additional procedures that may be required during the procedure itself and ask you to consent to these being undertaken in advance.

For example, when planning a caesarean section advanced consent would be requested to undertake unplanned emergency procedures in the event you are unable to consent due to general anaesthesia or lack capacity.

In the event an emergency procedure was required and you had not previously consented to additional procedures a senior doctor would act in your best interest and undertake necessary procedures to prevent you from serious harm or death.

North West Maternity Safety Information provides key safety messages in 12 different languages.

Some of the key message themes are:

  • If you are pregnant and Black, Black British or Asian, Asian British – you might be more vulnerable.
  • Trust your instincts – call your midwife or maternity team anytime if you are worried about your pregnancy.
  • Is your mood ok? Who to speak to if it is not ok.
  • What to do if you miss an appointment.
  • Signs of labour and what to do if you think you are in labour.
  • What to do if you have signs and symptoms of pre-eclampsia.
  • The importance of taking Vitamin D.
  • Feeling safe in your own home and how to find support if you don’t.
  • Looking after you and your unborn baby.

All babies must be registered with the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages within 42 days of the birth.

If you are married, either parent may register the baby.

If you are single, you are responsible for registering the baby. If you are single but you want your partner’s name to appear on the birth certificate, your partner must be present with you at the time of registration.

You will be given more detailed information on where and how to register your baby by a member of our team.

Pregnancy is an ideal time to start building a close and loving relationship with your baby, and to think about feeding in preparation for when your baby arrives.

Click on the below Padlet for more information.

Breastfeeding is the healthiest way to feed your baby. Here you can find lots of useful information for the first few days and weeks.

Speak to your midwife or health visitor if you have any concerns about your baby’s feeding.

If you choose to bottle feed your baby our staff will support you to do this safely.

The Padlet below will provide you with further information to help you. Speak to your midwife or health visitor if you have any concerns about your baby’s feeding.

Service locations

Royal Bolton Hospital

Ingleside Birth and Community Centre

At home - Speak to your midwife for more information

Key contact numbers

Maternity Scan

Tel: 01204 390915

Community Midwives’ Office

Tel: 01204 390023

Antenatal Clinic

Tel: 01204 390574

Maternity Triage

Tel: 01204 390612

Central Delivery Suite

Tel: 01204 390579

Ingleside Birth and Community Centre

Tel: 0161 357 1006

Early Pregnancy Assessment and Urgent Care

Tel: 01204 390510

Always call 999 in an emergency

Meet the team

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