When you first learn that you’re pregnant, get in touch with us as soon as possible. Our reception team will make you a telephone appointment with our Senior Healthcare Assistant, who will then provide a referral form to our midwife team. Telling us that you are pregnancy promptly will help to make sure you receive maternity healthcare that takes into account all your health needs and preferences.
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.
The Midwife works with the doctor to give care to women having a baby, both before and for ten days after the baby is delivered. Antenatal appointments are now generally provided by the midwife at a satellite clinic.
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.