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Antenatal Care

Registering your Pregnancy

The community Midwife holds a weekly clinic at Millbarn. In order to be called to this clinic by the Midwife you need to have registered your pregnancy with Buckinghamshire Healthcare Trust via the following link Self-Registration Form for Maternity Care – Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust (buckshealthcare.nhs.uk) .  Please be aware that Millbarn does not make these appointments. Once you have completed the form the Midwife will contact you at the appropriate time.

It’s best to see them as early as possible to obtain the information you need to have a healthy pregnancy, and because some tests, such as screening for sickle cell and thalassaemia should be done before you’re 10 weeks’ pregnant.

Antenatal Appointments

This service is run by the midwives. If you become pregnant, you will be offered a ‘booking appointment’ at your home when the midwife will ask you a few questions and carry out some general health checks.

You will be seen regularly throughout your pregnancy either here at the practice or at the local hospital, or both.

The role of the midwife

A Midwife is a qualified nurse who has undertaken further training to provide and promote normal midwifery.

They help you to prepare for motherhood and promote good health for yourself and your baby by advising on the effects of drinking, smoking and good diet whilst you are pregnant.

The Midwife guides you through your pregnancy and endeavours to detect any problems and make relevant referrals if necessary.

Healthy Start

Healthy Start is a government scheme that aims to improve the health of pregnant women and mothers on benefits or low incomes, all pregnant women under 18 years of age and children who are under 5 years of age. Families who are supported by the scheme receive vouchers to spend on milk (including infant formula), fresh fruit and vegetables.

Your antenatal care

When you first learn that you’re pregnant, get in touch with a Midwife or GP as soon as possible. Ideally this should be by 10 weeks of your pregnancy. Telling your GP and/or Midwife promptly will help to make sure you receive maternity healthcare that takes into account all your health needs and preferences.

Birth to Five information