Maternity Services

As soon as you know you are pregnant, please get in touch with your local maternity unit to book your first appointment. This is called your 'booking appointment', and you will meet a midwife for the first time.

Ideally you should be seen by a midwife by the time you are 10 weeks pregnant, or as early into your pregnancy as possible.

You can make your first appointment quickly and easily by self-referring directly to your local maternity unit or visiting your GP.

Planning where to have your baby is an important decision. Evidence shows that giving birth in the UK is generally very safe. You can choose where to have your baby.

During your antenatal care, your midwife, and sometimes a doctor (obstetrician), will discuss your health with you. With information from you, they will assess your health and the health of your baby. You can decide what feels right for you. You can change your plans about where to have your baby at any stage if your pregnancy changes or you change your mind.

Your midwife should explain that you can choose to give birth at home, in a midwifery unit (either freestanding or alongside a hospital with an obstetric unit) or in a hospital obstetric unit.  Your midwife will explain which of the options are available for you in your area. Wherever you choose to have your baby, you should be supported in your choice.


Last updated: 02/04/2019

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