If you find out you are pregnant – telling your 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 the community midwife as soon as you know that you’re pregnant. Please use the link: https://www.hdft.nhs.uk/services/maternity-services/ to make the booking. You do not need to see your GP unless you have any immediate concerns.
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. 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.
Your antenatal care
When you first learn that you’re pregnant, get in touch with a Midwife as soon as possible using the link above or https://www.badgernotes.net/SelfReferral/CareLocation/harrogate. Ideally this should be by 10 weeks of your pregnancy. Telling your Midwife promptly will help to make sure you receive maternity healthcare that takes into account all your health needs and preferences.