Antenatal Community Midwife

Midwifery Service in Community

About the Service

The team of Community Midwives provides antenatal, intra-natal and post-natal care to women and their families.

They are specialists in providing maternity care where there are no complications and they work together with local GPs and other health and social care professionals.

Their role includes:

  • Health Promotion and early pregnancy advice.
  • Arranging Booking appointment and discussing choices for where to give birth.
  • Providing antenatal care in local community midwife base, local doctor’s surgeries and at home.
  • Attending women in labour in hospital or who are giving birth at home
  • Visiting new mums and babies in their homes for up to 28 days after a birth.
  • Facilitating local breastfeeding support groups.
  • The team provides advice to women and their partners throughout their pregnancy, birth and post-natal period.

They give support to new mums and babies about parenthood and baby feeding and have close links with Health Visitors and General practitioners.

How to access the Service:

Once you confirm that you are pregnant you should make an appointment with a community midwife. You can find out how to do this at your local GP Surgery. The GP may wish to speak with you first and send a letter to the Hospital or Community Midwife. The care you receive during your pregnancy is called antenatal care.

  • You will receive an appointment to attend a Booking Clinic.
  • This may be with the Community Midwife or it may be with the Hospital Midwife:
  • This will involve taking a detailed history, a scan and you may also be seen by a Consultant Obstetrician.

When the Midwife has taken your medical history they will discuss the options available to you as regards where to give birth. Home, Midwifery Led unit, or Hospital. Future appointments will be arranged. You will be given literature to take away.

The Community Midwife teams for Belfast Health and Social Care Trust are:

Community Midwives North; based at Grove Health and Wellbeing Centre:  Telephone (028) 9063 6222
Community Midwives West;  based at Ballyowen Health Centre: Telephone (028) 9504 0353
Community Midwives South; based at Finaghy Health Centre: Telephone (028) 9504 2650