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Antenatal Care

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. For most hospitals you can self refer to the antenatal clinic – please look at individual hospital websites for more information. Please do this as soon as you know that you’re pregnant, so that you can be booked for the necessary clinic appointments.

As soon as you find out you are pregnant you should immediately start taking a folic acid supplement (400 micrograms daily ) to help prevent spina bifida. These can be obtained with or without vitamins from you chemist.

It’s best to see the midwife 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.

Birth to Five information