The news that you are having a baby can produce a range of emotions, from excitement and joy to fear and anxiety. Sometimes these emotions can be experienced all in the space of one day! Antenatal care is an essential part of the whole pregnancy and birthing experience. It is a time of forming and building a relationship between you, those who are important to you, and your midwife that will last from the beginning of your pregnancy right through until your baby is 6 weeks old. The midwives at My Own Midwife believe that every woman has unique knowledge and beliefs about her pregnancy and that working together in partnership produces the best outcomes for her and her baby. We believe that women should be at the centre of their care and support you to make informed decisions and choices throughout your pregnancy.
Should you require additional care from other health care providers during your pregnancy we are able to arrange this. Our midwives are able to arrange all of your blood tests and ultrasound scans throughout your pregnancy. We are also able to provide prescriptions for any medications related to your pregnancy. My Own Midwife recognises that some women may require additional medical care during pregnancy. We believe that it is very important that all women, regardless of their risk, should also have the support of their own midwife.
My Own Midwife offers free pregnancy testing at each of our clinics. For many women this is the first contact they have with a care provider for their pregnancy. We are able to offer you information and support regarding your options for your pregnancy.
Your first appointment will usually take place before 12 weeks, although it can happen at any stage of your pregnancy if you have just ‘discovered’ us or have decided to change your care provider. Our midwives will provide you with lots of information about your pregnancy, birth, and post birth care options. We believe that it is important for you to feel that you are making the best choice about your care so encourage you to ask as many questions as you need to. We will assess both you and your baby’s health and well being during your appointment. If you need blood tests or an ultrasound scan your midwife can arrange these for you. This first visit may take 40 to 60 minutes.
Your midwife will usually want to see you every 4 weeks until you are 28 weeks pregnant, every 2 weeks until 36 weeks, and then every week until you have your baby. This is only a guide; some women will require more visits than this depending on their personal circumstances. Your midwife will discuss any additional visits she feels may be needed with you. Antenatal visits generally include information sharing, education related to your pregnancy, decision-making, and a well being assessment of both you and your baby. During your visits your midwife will provide you with time to ask questions or discuss any concerns you may have. Most antenatal visits last between 40 to 60 minutes.