Telling your GP and/or Midwife promptly will help to make sure you receive maternity healthcare that takes into account all your health needs and preferences. You can book an appointment with your GP or directly with your Midwife as soon as you know that you’re pregnant.
It’s best to see them as early as possible to obtain the information you need to have a healthy pregnancy
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. The Midwives run this clinic. If you are pregnant, call 01563 825411 and you will be given a booking appointment at which the midwife will take more details and carry out some general health checks. She will be able to answer any questions you have as well as provide leaflets and booklets. You will be seen regularly throughout your pregnancy at the practice as well as the hospital of your choice. Our Midwife is also happy to advise you before you are pregnant if you have particular concerns you would like to discuss. After your booking appointment the Midwife can be contacted at 01294 601637.
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.
Healthy Start is a government scheme that aims to improve the health of pregnant women and mothers on benefits or low incomes, all pregnant women under 18 years of age and children who are under 5 years of age. Families who are supported by the scheme receive vouchers to spend on milk (including infant formula), fresh fruit and vegetables.
Your antenatal care
When you first learn that you’re pregnant, get in touch with a Midwife or GP as soon as possible. Ideally this should be by 10 weeks of your pregnancy. Telling your GP and/or Midwife promptly will help to make sure you receive maternity healthcare that takes into account all your health needs and preferences.