Antenatal care

All women are entitled to choose the place where their baby will be born. Whether your choice is to have your baby in the maternity unit or at home you will be fully supported by midwives and if required, the medical team.

During pregnancy we provide both midwifery-led care (in hospital and in the community) and consultant-led care provided by our expert multidisciplinary team based at the Royal-Jubilee Maternity Service and Mater Maternity Unit.

First appointment (known as the 'booking appointment')

The first appointment normally happens when you are 8 -12 weeks pregnant and may be located in one of the maternity units* or in a community setting.

*IF YOU ARE BEING BOOKED IN ONE OF THE MATERNITY UNITS PLEASE ENSURE YOU READ YOUR FIRST APPOINTMENT LETTER TO CONFIRM WHICH SITE YOU NEED TO ATTEND (ROYAL-JUBILEE MATERNITY SERVICE OR MATER MATERNITY UNIT).

The midwife will record your details on the maternity computer system and in your maternity record (which may be referred to as the Maternity Hand Held Record), regarding:

  • Current pregnancy and any previous pregnancies
  • Physical and mental health
  • Lifestyle
  • Family medical history

The midwife will also discuss current guidance regarding immunisation during pregnancy and risk assess for blood clotting problems.View Whooping Cough leaflet

Height and weight is measured to calculate Body Mass Index (BMI) which may influence the plan of your maternity care.  Blood pressure and urine are also checked. Please bring a urine sample to each antenatal appointment.

At this time the midwife will also discuss building a relationship with you and your baby while pregnant.  For more information please view Getting to Know Your Baby

The midwife will listen to your views on feeding your baby and provide you with information.  Please click here for baby feeding information. 

We would also encourage you to read and review the Best Beginnings Website and watch a set of videos From Bump to Breast Feeding to follow the journey of four mums who decide to breastfeed their babies.