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HavenPoole Hospital's maternity service is based at St Mary's Maternity Hospital, located across the road from the main Poole Hospital site. 

The maternity hospital provides a comprehensive service, offering women as much choice as possible in their maternity care. 

View the virtual tour of the maternity unit here

Care is shared between midwifery and medical staff, and is undertaken in community settings and within the maternity hospital.

Women may give birth in the Haven Birthing Suite, which has three birthing pools or the Central Delivery Suite which has two birthing pools, depending on their clinical needs.

St Mary's Maternity Hospital is the centre for all high risk care in East Dorset and is fully equipped to meet the needs of women and babies with complications, as well as women with normal pregnancies and births. Around 5,000 babies are delivered by our maternity staff each year, either at home or within the hospital.

Following delivery, and if there are no complications, mothers will be asked to remain in hospital for at least two hours. However, mothers and babies will only return home when they are well enough to do so. Comprehensive postnatal care is provided, either on the postnatal ward, or at home by the community midwives.

Women with babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) or on the Transitional Care Unit may stay longer, as will women who have undergone assisted delivery or caesarean section.

Women are then cared for following the birth of their baby by the team of community midwives.

Self-referral service

If you are more than six weeks pregnant, you can now book your care at Poole Hospital by completing our self referral form. Click here to find out more about the self-referral service

How to donate

If you would like to make a donation to St Mary’s Maternity Unit click here and follow the instructions given to direct you to the 'Just Giving' website. All donations to the maternity unit are used to provide facilities and equipment to benefit the wellbeing and comfort of families using the service. To ensure your donation is directed to the correct department, please complete the ‘send a message box’ on the last page specifying the maternity unit as the recipient of your donation.  Thank you.

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Contact details

Phone handset graphicMaternity reception:
01202 442319

More contact details

Self-referral form

How to find us

St Mary's Maternity HospitalThe maternity unit is located a few minutes' walk from the main hospital. From the front of the hospital, cross Longfleet Road and proceed through the walkway signposted ‘Maternity’. The unit is directly ahead.

Click here for a map

Friends & Family Test

The Friends & Family Test (FFT) has been  launched in our maternity unit. Click on the link below to find out more:

Maternity FFT leaflet

Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Longfleet Road, Poole, Dorset BH15 2JB. Tel: 01202 665511

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