Pregnancy and Post-Natal
Are you expecting a child? or know someone who is? If so, this page can give you all the information you may need to help ensure a healthy and happy pregnancy and post pregnancy.
JUST FOUND OUT? WHAT NEXT?
If you have just found out you are pregnant, the first thing to do is to ring the surgery or pop in to make an appointment with the Midwife. Your first appointment with the midwife will be after 8 weeks. Our current Midwife’s name is Danni and she does her pregnancy clinic on a Friday. Your first appointment will be about 30 minutes long so that our midwife can get you booked in and the relevant tests sorted. Should you feel at any point that you need to see a Doctor regarding your pregnancy, do not hesitate to book in.
During your pregnancy and after, women are entailed to free prescriptions. If you don’t already get them, pop in and collect an Maternity Medical Exemption Form (FW8), fill it out and give it back to the staff at the surgery who can get it sent off. For more information on this form, visit the NHS BSA website.
From 1st April 2016, all pregnant women are advised to have a Pertussis vaccination (Whooping Cough) after their 19th week scan of pregnancy (previously any time after 28 weeks). This vaccination is given to women during pregnancy as it is highly effective in protecting your baby from developing whooping cough in the first few weeks of their life, which can be fatal. To ensure you and your baby are immunised, book in with one of nurses between these dates. More information can be found on the NHS website.
If you pregnant during Flu season, you are entitled to have flu vaccination at surgery to help prevent you from catching it. Flu season at the surgery runs from September/October each year and you can book in by calling or visiting the surgery. More information on influenza in pregnancy can be found here.
After your child is born, the Surgery will sort all of your postnatal needs. Post-natal appointments are made at 8 weeks after babies birth for mum and baby to come in and be checked up. We do our post-natals at 8 weeks rather than 6 weeks so that the baby can have their first lot of immunisations at the same time. Baby will need to have paediatric paracetamol given to them prior to this appointment due to the vaccinations they will be given, information on this can be found here but will also be sent to you with your appointment date.
Our post-natals are mainly done on a Thursday afternoon while the surgery is quiet and an appointment date/ time will be sent to you in the post.
If you feel that you or your baby need to be seen before 8 weeks post-pregnancy, please come in and make an appointment.