Supporting your pregnancy at Newham

Supporting your pregnancy at Newham

When you become pregnant, we suggest you get in touch with us here at Newham Hospital to book your first appointment.

This is called your 'booking appointment'. At this appointment, you will meet one of our friendly midwives, and discuss your pregnancy plan and birthing options.

Ideally you should be seen by a midwife by the time you are 10 weeks pregnant, or as early into your pregnancy as possible.

If you're the partner of a pregnant woman or birthing person, you can find information on how to support them through their journey online

Booking your first appointment

The quickest and easiest option for booking your first appointment is using one of the options below:

  • complete the Newham Hospital Referral Form.docx [docx] 380KB and drop it to our antenatal clinic (ground floor, zone 12)  
  • visit our antenatal clinic, open Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm, and complete an appointment booking form (ground floor, zone 12)
  • ask your GP to refer you to us
  • contact our maternity team directly by calling our helpline on 0208 090 9999.

Antenatal care and classes

Antenatal care is the care you get from health professionals during your pregnancy. It's sometimes called pregnancy care or maternity care.

Depending on your individual needs, your antenatal care will be based at either a children’s centre or a GP surgery where our community midwives have a clinic, or at an antenatal clinic in our hospital. It will all be provided in line with current NICE guidelines and appointments will be tailored to meet your individual needs.

If your pregnancy is considered high-risk, you may be offered an appointment with one of our obstetric consultants, who will review and lead your care plan in partnership with your midwife.

If your pregnancy is considered low-risk, your community midwife will provide all aspects of maternity care. If problems arise during your pregnancy your community midwife will refer you to the hospital team, but they will always be on hand for advice and support.

You will also be offered screening tests during your pregnancy to check on your baby’s health and identify if there are any health conditions that could affect you or your baby.

Antenatal classes

As part of your maternity care, at Newham Hospital we offer a full range of antenatal classes which can help prepare you for birth and looking after your baby. Please speak to your midwife about booking onto these classes.

Classes are available on the following topics:

  • tips on staying healthy during pregnancy
  • learn about your labour and birthing choices
  • discuss any worries and concerns in a safe and secure space
  • meet other parents and those who are expecting

Our specialist clinics

We have specialist clinics for women who require additional healthcare during pregnancy. Appointments for these clinics are made via your midwife or obstetrician.

Diabetic clinic

Our diabetes clinic is run by a diabetes specialist nurse, consultant obstetrician, dietitian and midwife for diabetes. In these clinics we see pregnant mothers who are diagnosed with diabetes before their pregnancy, and those who have develop diabetes during their pregnancy.

We are running drop-in sessions on Fridays, between 11am and 1pm, in the postnatal discharge lounge, Zone 2 in Newham Hospital. Our team speak English, Bengali, Urdu, Punjabi and Spanish. Call or text 07944 966141 for more information.

Fetal medicine

This is a specialist clinic run by an obstetric consultant and a midwife, who provide care and advice to women whose pregnancies have been diagnosed with fetal abnormalities or problems.

HIV clinic

Our HIV clinic supports pregnant mothers who have been diagnosed with HIV during their pregnancy, or before. The clinic is run by a specialist midwife, obstetric consultant, HIV consultant and a specialist HIV nurse.

Haemoglobinapthy

This is a multi-disciplinary clinic for women whose blood results have identified sickle cell disease or thalassemia. These results are reviewed, a care plan is put together and referrals are made if necessary.