Mums and families at the heart of everything we do.

Specialist Midwives

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We aim to ensure that we offer the best care to women and their families, including women who need specialist care during their pregnancy and birth. 

We have specialist midwives trained to deal with almost every issue you may face during pregnancy and birth. This means that we will do everything we can to ensure that you and your baby remain healthy during your pregnancy, and that you get the best start once your baby is born.

Our specialist midwives will also signpost you to local organisations that can offer you additional support, should you need it.

Perinatal Mental Health Midwives

Good mental health is important for both you and the wellbeing of your baby.

There are many mental health problems that could occur at this crucial time in your life.

This isn’t just the case for women with pre-existing conditions. For some women, pregnancy and childbirth can trigger experiencing or acknowledging psychological problems for the first time.

Our specialist Perinatal Mental Health Midwives can provide you with support and assistance, and advise you, or women at risk of, perinatal mental illness in addition to the care provided by your own midwife.

If you feel you would benefit from this service, you can refer yourself directly by contacting one of our specialist Perinatal Mental Health Midwives on the numbers below.

Our Midwives, Obstetricians, GPs and Health Visitors can also refer you to this service.

Contact Details;

Julie Fallows - Community Midwife - Royal Lancaster Infirmary / Helme Chase, Westmorland General Hospital - 07771 562868

Julie Oakes - Community Midwife - Furness General Hospital - 07747 021305

Substance Misuse Midwives

Sometimes women may be worried about drinking alcohol or taking drugs in the period before they realised they were pregnant.

If you are worried about this or concerned about the potential effects of alcohol use or drug abuse during pregnancy, it may be helpful for you to speak to one of our specialist Substance Misuse Midwives, who are specially trained in this area.

They can offer advice and support on how to maintain abstinence from alcohol or drugs, and if appropriate, can arrange a fast track referral to the most appropriate teams to support you further.

Partners and families can also make use of this referral process if needed.

Women who are undergoing treatment from a community drug team, such as Inspire or Unity, will be offered a one to one session with the Substance Misuse Midwife.

They will help to co-ordinate appointments and scans to make the process easier, and work with an Obstetric Consultant and a lead from the community drug team to ensure that your care is individual and meets your needs. 

Contact Details:
A Substance Misuse Midwife can be seen anytime during pregnancy or after delivery.

For more information, please contact:

Maureen Walsh - Substance Misuse Midwife - Furness General Hospital – 07972 660820

Janet Duckworth - Substance Misuse Midwife - Royal Lancaster Infirmary – 07799 897505

Teenage Pregnancy Midwives

Pregnancy and childbirth can be a time of your life where you will not only feel excited, but you may also feel great stress and anxiety.

We recognise that young women may also have additional needs during their progression from pregnancy to parenthood.

To support young mums and their families, we have two specialist Teenage Pregnancy Midwives - one is based at Furness General Hospital, and one at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.

A community midwife supports pregnant teenagers in the Kendal area.

If you are a pregnant teenager, a community midwife will discuss your needs and offer you the support you want, at you initial booking appointment.

With your permission, they will refer you to the Teenage Pregnancy Service. After this referral, your local Teenage Pregnancy Midwife will contact you to help you make an individual pregnancy and birth plan to suit your needs.#

In addition to this, we also offer:

  • Pregnancy classes for young people
  • Parenting classes for young people, either as a group or one to one
  • Education and training
  • Housing support
  • Contraceptive and sexual health advice
  • Advice about benefits

Contact Details
For more information on our teenager pregnancy services, please contact:

Liz Fuery - Specialist Teenage Pregnancy Midwife - Royal Lancaster Infirmary - 07778206158

Liz Fuery - Specialist Teenage pregnancy Midwife supporting Tracey Woodman :- Community Midwife – Kendal  07778 206158

Suzanne Drew - Specialist Teenage pregnancy Midwife – FGH - 01229 491 035

Domestic Abuse

1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men will, at some point in their lives, experience domestic abuse.  Domestic abuse is defined as:

“Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to:

  • psychological
  • physical
  • sexual
  • financial
  • emotional                                                        

Controlling behaviour is a range of acts designed to make a person subordinate and/or dependent by isolating them from sources of support, exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape and regulating their everyday behaviour.

Coercive behaviour is an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim. This is not a legal definition.”

(Home Office, 2013)

Domestic abuse in pregnancy is a significant public health issue. Research studies suggest that as much as 30% commences in pregnancy, with escalation in intensity and frequency of both emotional and sexual abuse, in addition to threatened and actual violence highly likely. 

Evidence suggests that domestic violence during pregnancy is more prevalent than pre-eclampsia or gestational diabetes and is linked to increased rates of miscarriage, premature and small-for-gestational age babies, fetal injury and even fetal death.  Mothers may be more likely to misuse drugs and alcohol, experience psychological impairment, placental separation or uterine rupture, suffer injury  and make suicide attempts.

All our staff receive additional training on recognising the signs of domestic abuse and parents-to-be are encouraged to discuss any concerns they may have with their health professional, in confidence, at any time.

We have two domestic abuse midwives across the Trust, who are on hand to provide more specialist advice and support;

Royal Lancaster Infirmary: 07776 245648
Helme Chase/Furness General: 07854 325622

At Morecambe Bay Hospitals we will provide, compassionate, high quality, evidence-based and safe maternity services that meet the needs and wishes of all women and their families.

Mums and families at the
heart of everything we do.

Contact us

Maternity Services at Furness General Hospital
01229 491 035

Maternity Services at Royal Lancaster Infirmary
01524 583 850

Helme Chase, our midwife-led Maternity Services
at Westmorland General Hospital

01539 795375