Antenatal Care

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Antenatal care is the care you receive from healthcare professionals during your pregnancy. The purpose of antenatal care is monitor your health, your baby’s health and support you to make plans which are right for you.

You will be offered a series of appointments with a midwife, or sometimes an obstetrician (a doctor specialising in pregnancy and birth).

Your first appointment with us is called a booking.

During each antenatal visit, we will check that you and your baby are well, give you useful information about being pregnant and answer any questions you may have. You will also be offered antenatal classes, including breastfeeding workshops.

It's best to see us as early as possible. Let your midwife know if you have a disability that means you have special requirements for your antenatal appointments or for labour. If you don't speak English, ask someone to call your midwife to arrange for an interpreter to be at your appointment.

An important part of antenatal care is getting information that will help you to make informed choices about your pregnancy. Your midwife or doctor should give you information in writing or some other form that you can easily use and understand. They should provide you with information in an appropriate format if you:

  • Have a physical, learning or sensory disability.
  • Do not speak English.

We try to take every opportunity to provide you and your partner or other relevant family members with the information and support you need.

Your options for maternity care

Did you know that you have choices to consider once you find out you are pregnant?

  • Where will you have your antenatal care?
  • Where would you like to have your baby?


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updated 27 MArch 2018