During your booking appointment, the community midwife will look at your general health and wellbeing, along with your previous medical, pregnancy and birth history.
Following this assessment, you and the midwife will be able to discuss which antenatal care pathway is appropriate for you to follow.
There are two possible options:
The majority of the expectant mums we see have midwifery-led care.
This means that a midwife from your local community team of midwives will see you at each of your antenatal appointments, monitoring both you and your baby's progress through the pregnancy.
If the midwife is worried about either you or your baby, they will refer you to one of the obstetricians based at the hospital.
Obstetric and midwifery care
Following your assessment at booking, the midwife may recommend it would be better for you and your baby to have care from both a midwife and an obstetrician.
This is usually due to you having a more complicated medical, pregnancy or birth history.
The obstetricians will see you in the antenatal clinic at the hospital and you may have some care with your local midwife.
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