Booking your first appointment
As soon as you know you are pregnant, please get in touch with us to book your first appointment. This is called your 'booking appointment', where you will meet one of our friendly midwives for the first time.
You can also contact our maternity team directly by calling our helpline on 0208 090 9999.
Ideally you should be seen by a midwife by the time you are 10 weeks pregnant, or as early into your pregnancy as possible.
The quickest and easiest option for booking your first appointment is using one of the options below:
- You can ask your GP to refer you to us
- You can visit the antenatal clinic at any of our hospital sites and complete an appointment form (Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm)
- You can contact your local children’s centre, who can inform you of the midwifery services that are available in your area
Antenatal care and classes
Our community midwives run antenatal clinics in local children’s centres and GP practices, and are often the first point of contact for pregnant women. It is important you contact your midwife a soon as possible so that they can plan your care with you.
If your pregnancy is low risk your community midwife will provide all aspects of maternity care. If problems are identified during your pregnancy your community midwife will refer you to the hospital team, but they will always be on hand for advice and support.
Your pregnancy care will be provided in line with the current NICE guidelines and appointments will be tailored to meet your individual needs. If your pregnancy is of a higher 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.
Depending on your individual needs, your care will be based either in a children’s centre or a GP surgery where our midwives have a clinic, or at one of our antenatal clinics in hospital.
As part of your maternity care we offer a full range of antenatal classes which can help prepare you for birth and looking after your baby. Please speak to your community midwife about booking onto these.
The classes provide the following advice and support:
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Multiple pregnancy clinics
These clinics are run by specialist obstetric consultants who provide care and advice to mothers who are excepting two or more babies.
Vaginal birth after caesarean clinic (also known as VBAC)
This clinic provides advice to pregnant mothers regarding their birth choice, following their previous baby being delivered by caesarean section.
Birth afterthoughts clinic
This is an opportunity for our consultant midwives to meet with women to discuss birth experiences and plan their birth choices.
Information for partners
Pregnancy is a very special time for both the mother their partner. To help your partner during the final weeks of pregnancy the checklist below may be helpful:
- make sure you can be contacted at all times
- decide how you will get to the hospital (if you have arranged a hospital birth)
- if you're using your own car, make sure it works and has petrol, and do a trial run to see how long it takes to get from your house to the hospital
- remember to pack a bag for yourself, including snacks, a camera, and your phone or change for the telephone
Partners are able to stay overnight on the delivery suite, birth centre and on our antenatal and postnatal wards. If you have planned a hospital birth, pack a change of clothes for you and your partner.