We aim to provide high quality care, responding to the needs of mothers and their babies, in a friendly and professional environment. We aim to provide continuity of care throughout pregnancy, delivery and in the first days following your baby's birth, at each stage discussing options involving you fully and giving you choice in decisions regarding your care.
The maternity department can be found on the first floor in West Suffolk Hospital. View the maternity department virtual tour
Contact the team
Karen Newbury, Head of Midwifery: 01284 713270
Gill Walsh, Inpatient Maternity Matron: 01284 712799
Karen Bassingthwaighte, Outpatient Maternity Matron: 01284 712995
Antenatal clinic reception: 01284 713254
Maternity day assessment unit: 01284 712723
Labour suite: 01284 713278
Birthing unit: 01284 712758
F11 ward: 01284 713216
The patient portal (HealtheLife) is an electronic health record. Patients are able to view their health and care details in the portal at a time that is convenient for them, empowering them to take greater responsibility and involvement in their own healthcare.
Currently the portal offers:
- a secure space online to view hospital letters and documentation
- appointment details
- the ability to view and monitor your test results
- a record of your procedures and your known allergies
- access to useful links
- information going back to February 2018.
Please note, signing up to the portal is not a referral to our maternity service. If you are looking to refer please click here.
To register for the patient portal, please click here.
Antenatal group presentations
Pregnancy - birth and beyond
Active birth classes
The flipbooks below are helpful guides for pregnant women across Suffolk and North East Essex.
Labour and birth
Personal care plans
Feeling your baby move
A leaflet on feeling your baby move has been created and can be found here in our top five languages:
Feeling your baby move (English)
Feeling your baby move (Polish)
Feeling your baby move (Portuguese)
Feeling your baby move (Lithuanian)
Feeling your baby move (Romanian)