Midwives have launched a campaign to inform women in Bolton of the importance of booking their first appointment as soon as possible when they believe they are pregnant.
It is recommended that the woman should visit a midwife in a community setting i.e. local health or children’s centre/GP’s surgery as soon as possible. The midwife or GP will then help the woman to put a plan in place to support her and her family to have as normal a pregnancy and birth experience as possible.
Early contact with the midwifery team is recommended for a number of reasons, most importantly so that the woman’s bloods can be screened. This allows the team to ensure that any issues are identified as soon as possible and the appropriate care given.
Booking bloods should ideally be taken between 8-10 weeks of pregnancy, and all women should be seen before their 13th week of pregnancy to have their individual needs identified and their first scan booked.
Jane Coyne, Midwifery Matron at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust said: “The sooner a woman contacts us the better care we can provide her and her baby. Early booking means that if extra help is going to be needed throughout her pregnancy, we can establish what this is and put plans in place.
“It also gives us more time to help women with information regarding where they’d like to give birth, be that at the Princess Anne Maternity Unit at Royal Bolton Hospital or at home, and their health and wellbeing during pregnancy.
“Our community midwifery team are on hand to help women with the many questions they have regarding their pregnancy, and ensure that all the necessary appointments are booked in.
“If you think you’re pregnant, don’t delay, and call the midwife today!”
The community midwives can be contacted on 01204 390023, or for more information visit our Maternity service pages.