Virtual tours for mothers-to-be

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A NEW website has been launched giving mums-to-be information about maternity services on offer in Eastbourne. The website, www.esht.nhs.uk/maternity, includes virtual tours of the DGH’s maternity unit and similar departments in East Sussex to help mums-to-be decide where they would like to give birth.

There is also a wide range of information on subjects like what happens prior to labour, when to go to hospital and when to call a midwife if giving birth at home. The website also contains sections on pregnancy scanning, schedules of antenatal appointments and a downloadable antenatal class booking form.

Debra Young, head of midwifery at the trust, said, “Many families have access to the internet so this is a chance to provide information and ensure women are able to make an informed choice about maternity care.”