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Antenatal Care


As soon as we know you are pregnant we will arrange your first appointment with a midwife. This is known as the 'booking appointment' and during this appointment you and your midwife will begin planning your antenatal care.

 

Book your first appointment with our online form >>

Before your appointment you will receive a letter and a booklet to help you decide on which test to have.

Please also bring:

  • Scan reports if you have already had an ultrasound scan
  • A copy of your maternity notes, blood results or ultrasound scan reports if you are transferring your care from another hospital

WHAT HAPPENS AT THE BOOKING APPOINTMENT?

At your booking appointment you will discuss lots of important things, including:

  • The options that are available during your pregnancy and delivery 
  • The antenatal classes that we provide
  • When your future appointments will be

At your booking appointment you will also be given your maternity notes. Please always take them with you when you have an appointment to see your midwife, GP or attend the hospital for any reason during your pregnancy.

TAKE A TOUR OF OUR MATERNITY FACILITIES

We run tours at North Middlesex University Hospital every first and third Friday of the month at 6pm so that you can come and see our new, purpose-built facilities for yourself.

These tours are run by our midwives, and it is also a great opportunity to ask them any questions you might have.

You can book a place on the tour quickly and easily by calling 020 8887 4238 (Maternity Direct).

STANDARD ANTENATAL CARE IN MIDDLESEX

If everything is normal during your pregnancy, you will follow our standard antenatal care programme. Women who have had a baby previously will be seen less frequently. If you have a complication with your pregnancy you will be seen more often.

Routine blood tests will be repeated at 28 weeks to check for anaemia and also for antibodies. If you require anti-D prophylaxis, this will be given around 18 weeks. At 36 weeks you will be asked about your birthing preferences. Please make use of the 'birth plan' section of your notes and discuss your thoughts with your midwife at this appointment.

WHO PROVIDES YOUR ANTENATAL CARE?

This is usually provided by the team of midwives, though if any complications arise, or if you have a known medical problem, the midwives will refer you to an obstetrician, who will then become the lead professional in your care.

The midwife may also refer you to other professional colleagues such as an anaesthetist, dietician, or psychologist during your pregnancy.

SCHEDULE FOR APPOINTMENTS

To see the usual schedule for antenatal appointments please click the link below.

Appointments schedule >>

HYPNOBIRTHING

Hypnobirthing is an alternative birth education programme that teaches simple but specific self-hypnosis, relaxation and breathing techniques for a better birth.

Hypnobirthing is a complete antenatal education that will equip you with knowledge and understanding on how hypnobirthing works within the whole process of pregnancy and birthing experience.

See the hypnobirthing support available through North Middlesex Maternity