Changes to the provision of infant formula milk at the L&D
As from 1st April 2015 infant formula will no longer be made available to mothers who have made an informed decision to feed their baby formula milk. Most other hospitals made this change a number of years ago.
We hope to encourage breastfeeding, where possible and so whilst in skin to skin contact with your baby you will be offered the opportunity to give a first breastfeed, but if you decide not to we recommend that baby’s first bottle feed be given, in skin to skin contact. This helps baby to keep warm and feel safe and secure.
When you come to the hospital to have your baby you will need to bring with you a supply of bottles of ‘ready to feed’ 1st stage baby milk and a supply of teats.
However, please also note - In the cases where a mum can’t feed, is too ill to feed or midwives are concerned about the baby’s weight, formula milk will still be provided.
If you have any questions please talk to your midwife, or ask to speak to the infant feeding advisor at the hospital.
As soon as you know you are pregnant you need to contact a midwife, this can be done directly by phoning 01582 497020 Monday to Friday (9am to 4pm) or through your GP.
TheL&D Maternity team strives to deliver the best possible care to all women and their families. We aim to provide services which are flexible and meet your individual needs. We have a highly experienced team of Midwives and Obstetricians supported by Matrons and Specialist experts to ensure that our mums to be receive optimum care
For information about the range of services we offer please see our Maternity Video, which take you on a virtual-tour of our maternity unit.
We are able to provide full midwifery led care for low risk women as well as high quality obstetric led care to women with complicated pregnancies. Our neonatal unit is one of only three units in the East of England who are able to provide care for very premature and sick newborn.
We are proud to offer extensive antenatal screening services which meet the recommended National Screening Standards
We offer women a wide range of choices of where to birth their baby. We are able to provide a high level of support to women who choose to birth at home, in midwifery led birthing unit or under Consultant led care in our delivery suite
The care we provide is evidence based and research including the recent place of birth study informs our practice.
For more information about choice of place of birth you may want to look at the websites below and discuss it with your community midwife
We understand choice is very important for our women and we support a 24 hour home birth service.
Home births are supported by community midwives, who will remain with you once you are in established labour and two midwives will be present at the birth.
Midwifery Led Birthing Unit (MLBU)
The MLBU is designed to provide a comfortable, relaxed environment that promotes the physiological processes of normal birth.
The MLBU has a purpose built pool enabling women to choose water for pain relief in labour and for birth.
How can a supervisor of midwives support you?
Supervision of Midwives is an experienced midwife, who has undergone additional training aim to protect women and their babies from poor practice and to ensure that midwives provide safe, high quality care.
They are available for both midwives and women being on call 24 hours a day and can be contacted via the hospital switchboard. Women are entitled to talk to a Supervisor of Midwives in confidence to discuss any midwifery concerns.
Please also see our “Supervisors of midwives: How they can help you”.
For more information
Healthier New Mums and Mums to be
Slimming World and the Luton and Dunstable NHS Trust are working with expecting and new mums to support them with weight management and healthy eating.
Slimming World has introduced a brand new group aimed at woman planning to have a baby as well as expecting and new mums.
Debbie from Slimming World has started this unique group at Marsh Farm Childrens Centre, Redgrave Gardens at 10am
with support from midwives based at The Luton & Dunstable Hospital NHS Trust.
For further information please see our Events page.
Useful Links and Websites
NHS Choices - Pregnancy Planner
Royal College of Midwives
Association of Breast Feeding Mothers
La Leche League
National Childbirth Trust
TAMBA Twins and Multiple Births Association
Main hospital number 01582 491166 (ask for Maternity)