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 where the midwife will ask you a few questions, discuss birthing venues and carry out some general health checks.
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.
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.
The following is a list of the immunisations your child needs:
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.
For comprehensive, up-to-date and accurate information on vaccines, disease and immunisation in the UK please use the following link NHS Choices.