A community midwife provides antenatal care on Tuesdays and Thursdays (by appointment only). If you think you may be pregnant, you will need to make an appointment with a doctor who will refer you to the Midwife for antenatal care. The doctors at the practice work very closely with the community midwifery team and will be happy to discuss any concerns you have about your antenatal care.
Telling your GP promptly about your pregnancy 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 birth and for ten days after the baby is delivered.
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
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.