Maternity Care, Post Natal Care, Child Health
Ladies are requested to make a booking appointment with the midwife when they first discover they are pregnant. The midwife will need to know the date the last period started and will advise on the next steps.
The midwife will usually first see you between 8-10 weeks of the pregnancy. The midwife will complete a patient held record and arrange a dating scan. This is done at 11-12 weeks at either your chosen hospital or the Dilke.The midwife will arrange blood tests and further appointments as necessary. A second scan to check the baby is done at around 20 weeks into the pregnancy.
The health visitor will make contact with you following discharge from your midwife and will visit you at home and provide you with further information on monitoring your child’s progress and accessing support and advice.
Most babies are born on the Maternity Unit at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. Your midwife will discuss this further with you. It may be possible for you to consider a home delivery if this is medically safe for you and your baby. 6-8 weeks after your baby is born, the GP will perform a postnatal check at the surgery to ensure that you are well following the birth of your baby.
Your doctor will also perform a baby check at 6-8 weeks to ensure all is well with your new baby. An appointment will also be made with the Practice Nurse for your baby’s frst immunisations at around the same time. Your child will then receive regular developmental checks upto the age of 3 years with the health visitor to monitor your childs development with you.
CHILD HEALTH CLINIC
A planned programme of health and development checks are carried out together with vaccinations. Wednesdays 09.30 - 12.30