Poole 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
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
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.
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.