Ante/Post Natal Care
The surgery provides written information for patients on the roles of the GP, community midwife, health visitor and hospital clinics in the provision of antenatal and postnatal care. There is a leaflet that outlines what will happen while you are pregnant and in the weeks after birth. Please ask at reception for the latest copy.
We hope your appointments will be relaxed and you will feel free to discuss any problems you may have.
Your doctor retains overall responsibility for your health care while you are pregnant and you should contact him/her if you are having any problems with your general health. However, responsibility for issues relating specifically to your pregnancy is shared with the community midwife. Part of this role is the routine monitoring of your pregnancy, and she is available for advice and help.
When you know you are pregnant please make a BOOKING APPOINTMENT with the midwife at the surgery. This should be for between the 9th and 12th week of your pregnancy. This appointment may last an hour for examination and paperwork. She will also want to review your family medical history, and discuss various screening and blood tests that are recommended throughout your pregnancy, together with the programme of visits you will need at 15/16 weeks, 20 weeks, 24 weeks, 28 weeks and in the last 10 weeks of pregnancy. She will give you a pregnancy health record, which you should take with you to every appointment during your pregnancy.
If you have any problems or complications with your pregnancy, your GP or midwife may refer you to the Obstetricians at hospital. If you are asked to attend the hospital antenatal clinic for additional visits, you will not need to make an antenatal appointment at the surgery in the same week.
If your pregnancy is straightforward, you may only have to attend the hospital for your ultrasound scan and for the delivery of your baby. However, you may also have a home birth if required and the pregnancy is uncomplicated.
Delivery can be expected any time between 37 and 42 weeks. After the baby is born you will usually be home within 24 hours, if all is well with you and your baby.
The day after you are discharged from hospital you will be visited by the midwife, who will then plan and discuss your schedule of care now you are home with your baby. When the midwife discharges you from her care, the Health Visitor will take over your care.