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Expecting A Baby

What can I expect when I first find out that I am pregnant?

You can now self refer yourself to the midwife without seeing a doctor.

You can collect a self referral form from reception or download and print here.

When you hand the form into the receptionist this will be given to the secretaries who will send the referral off to the midwife team. The midwife will then contact you directly to make you your first appointment.

Your Midwife’s name is Christine Senior.

What happens at my first ante-natal appointment? Then what?

Your midwife will make full notes about your medical history. She will also provide you with information about health issues, parent education, and is happy to discuss such matters as the pros and cons of a hospital delivery and those of a home delivery. She will also take some blood tests

Your midwife will also explain fully regarding the interval between ante-natal appointments and about when you may need to go to the hospital for appointments

Your 1st routine scan appointment will usually be around 10-12 weeks. Following this you will receive a 2nd appointment, for a more detailed scan around 20-21 weeks. If you are unable to attend any appointments please contact the midwife as soon as possible

What happens after I’ve had my baby?

When you are discharged, the hospital will advise your midwife, and will also provide you with a letter to give to your doctor. Please give this letter to your doctor as soon as possible

Your midwife will visit you the day after you are discharged, and will arrange a second visit shortly afterwards

Moorside’s health visitor will also be in touch shortly after you are discharged. You will be able to discuss immunisations, feeding and your baby’s health in full. You may have anxieties, especially if this is your first baby, and your health visitor will be happy to talk things over with you

Registering your new baby at the surgery.

Once you have registered your baby's birth at the local register office and have their birth certificate you will need to register the baby at the surgery.

Please bring the birth certificate which the reception team will copy and fill out a GMS1 to complete the registration. Following the registration the reception team will make appointments for the baby's 6 week check with a GP and their first immunisation appointment with a nurse.

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