If you’re 6 weeks or more pregnant and haven’t already registered your pregnancy with us you can do it online by completing the self-referral form. Once you have completed the online form a midwife from your local team will contact you within 10 days to arrange a booking appointment. Find out which midwife team will be looking after you.
When the midwife calls you back they will arrange a booking appointment with you. This is your first appointment where you will meet your community midwife and discuss you and your pregnancy and what you can expect etc.
You will be monitored throughout your pregnancy by your midwife, and other health professionals if they think this is necessary.
You will be seen by a midwife between 8-10 weeks for your booking appointment. Your midwife will ask you lots of questions about your health, your medical history, your lifestyle and any previous pregnancies, so that they can put together a suitable care plan for you.
At your booking appointment, you’ll be given a set of maternity notes (often referred to as “white notes”). You will need to take these notes to every appointment during your pregnancy. Your midwife will add to these notes, and reports from scans and other tests will be added as your pregnancy progresses.
Your midwife will also give you an application form for a maternity prescription exemption, which entitles you to free prescriptions and dental treatment until your baby is 12 months old.