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Postnatal & Antenatal Care

Your Community Midwife is Leisl Lowe, who can be contacted through the Community Midwives’ office on 0151 430 1234.

First Bookings

If you are planning to have your baby at Whiston Hospital, please contact the Whiston Maternity Department on 0151 430 1234 to arrange your first Midwife appointment.

If you are planning to have your baby at any other hospital, please ask the receptionist to arrange your first appointment with the *Community Midwife here in the surgery (if you haven’t already done so)

*please note that the community Midwife clinic is held at the surgery every Tuesday morning.

The following antenatal care is a guideline only provided by Whiston Hospital. Bookings for other hospitals may vary slightly regarding hospital attendance dates and screenings, but the care provided at the surgery ante-natal clinics is identical for all patients.

Appointments

When you first find out you’re pregnant
Community/Hospital Midwife: blood pressure urine dipstick test, take blood, may check the size of the fundus, agree estimated date of confinement, offer dietary and lifestyle advice and obtain any previous antenatal history.

11 – 13 weeks
All pregnant women are offered an ultrasound scan to determine gestational age. 

12 weeks
Hospital booking appointment – at this appointment relevant lifestyle and medical history taken. Information about routine screening tests given, eg:

  • Blood group and Rhesus status
  • Screen for anaemia
  • Rubella status
  • Hepatitis B
  • Syphilis
  • Urine test to screen for asymptomatic bacteruria
  • Downs Syndrome screening - Triple test

16 weeks
Community Midwife: Discuss and document results of screening tests, obtain Triple test if requested.

20 weeks
GP Practice: the Whooping Cough (pertussis) vaccine is offered from 20 weeks into pregnancy. If you would like the vaccine, please contact the surgery to arrange an appointment with the Practice Nurse.

18 – 20 weeks
Hospital: Ultrasound scan to check the development of the baby. 

25 weeks
Community Midwife: Measure blood pressure, test urine (if first pregnancy) Measure the size of the baby and listening to the baby’s heartbeat. 

28 weeks
Community Midwife: Repeat screening tests for:

  • Anaemia
  • Red cell antibodies
  • Offer Rhesus negative women 1st dose of anti D

31 weeks
Community Midwife: Discuss and document results of routine screening tests. 

34 weeks
Community Midwife: Offer rhesus negative women 2nd dose of anti D and antenatal check. 

36 weeks
Community Midwife: Routine antenatal checks and check position of baby. 

38 weeks
Community Midwife: Routine antenatal checks. 

40 weeks
Community Midwife: Routine antenatal checks. 

41 weeks
For all women who have not delivered offer membrane sweep. 

Parent Craft Education

Classes are held at the maternity hospital or local health centres attached to some GP clinics. You should contact your hospital or clinic to find out their schedule. A good time to start, will be around 30 weeks of your pregnancy. Please note that some classes are women only.

Parent Craft
Your midwife will advise you about where parent craft classes are being held and will remind you about attending these classes during your pregnancy.

Aerobics
Some hospital offer exercise classes for pregnant women. Information will be given at your booking appointment.

Aqua-natal
Exercises for pregnant women at local swimming pools. Information will be given at your booking appointment.

Postnatal Care

When you and your baby come home from hospital, postnatal care will be provided by your Community Midwife who may visit you for up to 28 days following confinement to provide postnatal care.

Frequency of midwife and health visitor visits is determined by the mother’s needs.


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Further Information from NHS Choices

Before you are pregnant

Your pregnancy and labour

You and your baby

General pregnancy topics

 
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