Updated Guidance for Appointments
At this time, children and partners are unable to accompany you to your appointments. This includes any appointments in or outside of the hospital, including maternity hubs. We will update you when this situation changes.
Letting us know about your pregnancy
It’s never too early to meet your community midwife. Contact your surgery and ask for a ‘booking appointment’. The receptionist will give you a date when you will meet with her, for the longest of several appointments throughout your pregnancy.
If you cannot get an appointment within two weeks of contacting your surgery you call the community midwives office on 01604 545430. A midwife will then arrange this for you.
Your midwife will meet with you in the surgery, a children’s centre or home and she will ask you questions about you and your family’s health and details of any previous pregnancy’s and births. She will advise you on how to keep well, and give you tips on how to reduce some of the symptoms such as sickness and talk with you about what you can expect from your care.
She will also discuss what will happen at the different appointments and offer to arrange a scan for you and some blood tests. Several antenatal screening tests are performed on a sample of your blood which is usually taken at your booking appointment. In some cases, the baby's father may also be asked to have a blood test to check for inherited conditions, such as sickle cell or thalassaemia.
You and your midwife
You will have a named midwife who will care for you throughout your pregnancy, and the days following the birth too. She works as part of a small team and you may get to meet the others if she is on a day off or on annual leave. You will have her mobile number and also the numbers of the others in her team, in case you need to speak to a midwife. However if this is out of hours or you cannot get through you can call the triage number on 07887 566489 or delivery suite on 01604 545058.
Continuity of care
Our community midwives are now starting to fully implement the number and frequency of antenatal visits which were in place before the Covid-19 pandemic. We are also reintroducing continuity of care, as we know how important it is for women to have a named midwife.
From Monday 6 July all women will recieve a home visit on their first day out of hospital from the same midwife who discharged them from their midwifery care, when it is safe to do so.
We recently set up some Continuity of Care teams, you might be contacted by a Continuity of Care midwife if you are identified as one of the women who will benefit from Continuity of Care. Our aim is to Have 51% of the women in our care under a Continuity of Care team by 2022.
Finding out that you’re pregnant can initiate a whole range of emotions, one minute you might feel elated and the next feel completely overwhelmed. Experiencing a roller coaster of emotions is completely normal and not helped by the flood of pregnancy hormones bombarding your body.
An important part of antenatal care is getting information that will help you to make informed choices about your pregnancy.
If you need to see a doctor during your pregnancy your midwife will arrange this for you.
It’s important that you have a good relationship with your midwife and you might want to go equipped with questions.
If you have any concerns about coronavirus (COVID-19) You can get up-to-date information from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) website.
Other useful websites
NHS.uk website -Information on choices for pregnancy