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Antenatal Care

Your antenatal care

Community midwives run antenatal clinics in Children’s Centres and GP practices close to where you live, and are often the first point of contact for pregnant women. It is important you contact your midwife a soon as possible in pregnancy so that they can plan your ongoing care with you. 

Did you know you can refer yourself for an appointment with one of our midwives without speaking to your GP first?

You can self-refer by calling our midwife hotline on 07787 841 986, or alternatively by completing the online self-referral form; you can access this by clicking on the button shown below.

It’s best to see them as early as possible to obtain the information you need to have a healthy pregnancy, and because some tests, such as screening for sickle cell and thalassaemia should be done before you’re 10 weeks’ pregnant.

Midwife

The Midwife works with the Doctor to give care to women having a baby, both before birth and for ten days after the baby is delivered. Antenatal appointments are now generally provided by the Midwife at the Hospital or satellite clinic. For further information please contact your Practice.

The role of the midwife

A Midwife is a qualified nurse who has undertaken further training to provide and promote normal midwifery.

They help you to prepare for motherhood and promote good health for yourself and your baby by advising on the effects of drinking, smoking and good diet whilst you are pregnant.

The Midwife guides you through your pregnancy and endeavours to detect any problems and make relevant referrals if necessary.

Your antenatal care

During pregnancy GPs work together with community midwives as shared care. If you think you are pregnant please see your GP for an Antenatal Booking Appointment. This appointment ensures you can decide where you would like to give birth and according to your choice you will be referred and given a midwife appointment.

At 10-12 weeks of pregnancy you will need your first antenatal scan and the GP will refer you for this.

If there is a serious problem in early pregnancy a GP can refer you to a local hospital Emergency Pregnancy Assessment Unit. St Thomas’ Hospital, London has a 24 hour unit to which you can refer yourself.