Antenatal care is the care you receive from healthcare professionals during your pregnancy. You'll be offered a series of appointments.
Our GPs like to see a patient at least once during her pregnancy.
When you become pregnant, we will arrange an appointment with you with the midwife when the midwife will ask you a few questions, discuss birthing venues and carry out some general health checks.
There have been many developments in antenatal and newborn screening over the past five years. For more information please visit NHS Choices.
Midwives, maternity care assistants and health visitors all come to see you at home with your baby to offer you care and support as required.
Generally, your midwife will arrange visits until your baby is 10 days old, when the health visitor arranges her first visit.
This will be based on your own individual needs and the time can be extended if required. At 6-8 weeks after the birth, a post-natal consultation with your GP will be arranged for you and your baby.
Is your baby sleeping safely?
A video is available online which will ensure your baby is sleeping safely, and help prevent sudden deaths.
It has been produced by The Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths, the UK's leading cot death and infant health charity to bring parents the best advice on safe sleep for their baby. Click here to see the video.
For more information on Post Natal Care please visit NHS Choices.
You’ll be offered two physical examinations for your baby. The first examination will take place within 72 hours of your baby’s birth. They will have their second examination when they are 6-8 weeks old.
These examinations aim to:
Will my baby have any other health checks?
Your baby’s physical examinations are part of the NHS newborn screening programme, which also includes:
For more information on your babies health visit the following websites:
Need advice on Breast Feeding?
Patient UK for a variety of sources of information and support.
Is your baby sleeping safely?
Click here for more information and a short video.
For more advice on babies health, visit the NHS Choices website.
One of the most important things that a parent can do for their child is to make sure that they have all their routine childhood vaccinations. It's the most effective way of keeping them protected against infectious diseases.
Ideally, kids should have their jabs at the right age to protect them as early as possible and minimise the risk of infection.
Find out here which jabs your child needs, when they need them, and what the benefits of each jab are.
For comprehensive, up-to-date and accurate information on vaccines, disease and immunisation in the UK please visit NHS Choices.
Our doctors and nurses are able to provide a wide range of contraception options for you. These range from contraceptive pill checks which can be arranged with a nurse, to long acting contraceptive advice and provision.
We have doctors who are trained to insert coils, including the Mirena Coil, and doctors who can insert and remove the contraceptive implant, which is simply fitted under the skin of your upper arm.
If you would like to discuss your contraceptive choices, then please make an appointment to see one of our doctors.
The following websites are also very useful: