Telling your GP and/or Midwife that you are pregnant promptly will help to make sure you receive maternity healthcare that takes into account all your health needs and preferences. You can book an appointment with your GP or directly with your Midwife as soon as you know that you’re pregnant.
To book in with the community midwife team, ring 01183228964 (and select option 1)
In Oxfordshire, the doctors provide maternity care in conjunction with the Midwives and Health Visitors. The help that is available includes:
- Antenatal Classes
- Postnatal Support Group
- Baby Clinic
- Parentcraft classes
- Resuscitation Course.
It’s best to get in contact with your GP or midwife 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.
The Midwife works with the Doctor to give care to women having a baby, both before birth and for ten days after the baby is delivered.
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.