Booking Appointment

Booking appointment

Self referral form for pregnant women.

The booking appointment is your first antenatal appointment which will be carried out between 8-12 weeks pregnant. This appointment will take place at your local health centre, a hospital or other community facility. You will be asked a number of questions about any previous pregnancies, medical and family history, have your blood pressure taken, height and weight measured and urine tested.  Please allow at least 2hrs for this appointment.

You will receive your maternity record which contains useful advice, helpline numbers and websites. It also includes important information about your ongoing maternity care and you should bring it to every appointment. If you accidentally lose your maternity record, please inform your midwife as soon as possible.  The maternity record remains the property of the Trust and the midwife will take it at your last home postnatal visit and return it to the Medical Records team at the hospital. 

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Screening
Blood samples 
will be taken for screening purposes.  These are carried out to help make your pregnancy safer and keep your baby healthy.   If your antenatal blood test indicates you have a Rhesus Negative blood group, you will be offered an injection of Anti-D immunoglobulin at approximately 30 weeks gestation. Rhesus Negative mothers who give birth to Rhesus Positive babies are offered a further injection of Anti-D immunoglobulin to help prevent problems occurring with subsequent pregnancies.  It is important you contact your midwife in the event of a fall, knock to your tummy, sudden jolt or vaginal bleeding as you may need extra Anti-D.

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Subsequent antenatal appointments
For general information on antenatal appointments and when they will take place, check the Antenatal Diary section in your green maternity record. Further infomation is available in the antenatal care section of The Pregnancy Book.

As part of your appointment schedule you will receive an appointment for your anomaly scan between 18-20 weeks to check the physical development of your baby. 

In certain circumstances, for example, if you have a medical condition or obstetric complications develop, you may have more appointments.

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Further information and support can be found in the useful links section.

 

 

 

 

Page last updated:07 February 2018