I'm pregnant, what next
- Your GP will refer you to the Midwives once they have confirmed your pregnancy. You can expect to have two appointments within 2 weeks of your referral or from 8 weeks of pregnancy:
- Your 'Booking Assessment' appointment with a Midwife
- An ultrasound scan appointment with a Sonographer
- Your booking assessment with a Midwife will take place at the antenatal clinic at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital. You will be given information regarding diet and nutrition, antenatal screen tests, antenatal care and classes, maternity and paternity benefits and planning your labour.
- You will be offered several antenatal screening tests. All tests will be discussed and explained to you by a Midwife.
- To make sure that you are given the right care and support and that any risks are spotted early, your Midwife will ask you some questions at your booking appointment. You may have lots of questions yourself and it is a good idea to write these down as you think of them prior to your appointment.
- You will receive an ultrasound scan appointment with a Sonographer from Radiology.
Antenatal Care & Clinics
- Antenatal clinics are held at the Hospital and are run by appointment only from Monday to Friday during the day and the evening:
- Monday 12:40 - 20:00
- Tuesday 12:40 - 20:00
- Wednesday 09:00 - 15:00
- Thursday 08:30 - 14:00 (Booking Clinic)
- Friday 08:30 - 15:30
- As well as our regular clinics we also have some specialist clinics. The Midwives who run these clinics are able to give women extra support with issues such as smoking, weight management, drug and alcohol concerns, previous caesarean sections (VBAC clinic), Bereavement and previous difficult births. If you have had a caesarean section in the past then you will be referred to the vaginal birth after caesarean section clinic (VBAC) to discuss your options for this labour and birth.
- If you have non urgent enquiries or need to re-arrange your appointment please contact the Community Midwives on 01481 707682 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, query and contact details and they will email or call you as soon as possible.
- The Community Midwives hold regular clinics in Alderney, every two weeks. Appointments are booked in advance. To make an appointment please contact the Community Midwives on 01481 707682. Appointment dates and times are posted at the community centre and Mignot Hospital notice board.
- During your pregnancy there are various tests that are offered to you to check and assess the development of and the wellbeing of both your baby and you and screen for particular conditions.
- All tests will be discussed and explained to you by a Midwife at your booking appointment.
Parenting Classes - Great Expectations
- You will be given a booking form at your initial booking appointment with your Midwife for a free 4 week parenting class called Great Expectations. This course will provide you with all the information and skills you need to feel confident about making the right choices for your new baby. Delivered by Health Visitors, Midwives and Family Support Workers, the topics include:
- Having a healthy baby
- Preparation for parenthood, birth and beyond
- Communicating with your bump and baby
- Changes in relationships
- Getting your baby off to the best possible start
- How babies grow and develop
- You will also have opportunities to ask questions and reduce any anxieties that you might have about becoming a parent.
- To book a place on the Great Expectations antenatal programme please contact Loveridge Ward on 725241 ext 4110
Pregnancy Assessment Unit
- The Pregnancy Assessment Unit (PAU) provides care for pregnant women who have complications after the 20th week of pregnancy
- Conditions that may be addressed in the Pregnancy Day Assessment Unit include:
- High blood pressure
- Diabetes in pregnancy
- Baby's growth
- Baby's movements
- You will be referred to the unit by either your Community Midwife or Obstetrician
- The usual opening times for the Pregnancy Assessment Unit are:
- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday: 08:00 - 14:00
- The PAU is situated on Loveridge Ward
- Triage allows a quick and efficient assessment of your needs. Our triage area is based on Loveridge Ward. Our Midwives run the service and will accept all pregnancy related calls.
- If you think you may be in labour, or you have any concerns regarding your or your baby's wellbeing call the ward on 725241 ext 4110. The Midwife will carry out an assessment over the phone before advising you as to whether you need to come in. The Midwife will take a detailed history to fully assess your needs and direct you to the most appropriate area of care, such as the Community Midwife, the PAU, GP, to stay at home or to come to the ward. If you are advised to attend the hospital you will initially be seen by a Midwife in triage.
- The Midwife in triage will assess you and your baby. A decision will then be made with you as to whether you need to be admitted, be seen by an Obstetrician or if everything is fine you may return home.
- Why do I have to go to triage first?
- Maternity triage is a service that provides women with access to high quality and consistent support and advice at the first point of contact when calling into the maternity unit
- The maternity triage service will provide you with the following benefits:
- 1. Direct contact with an experienced Midwife who is able to offer helpful, consistent advice and support over the telephone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- 2. Ensure the care of women is undertaken in the appropriate place and by the appropriate person at the appropriate time.
- 3. Encourage appropriate use of the PAU for women requiring monitoring.
- 4. Avoid unnecessary travel for women and families.
- 5. Ensure Midwives are available to provide one-to-one care for women in established labour.
- 6. Reduce unnecessary admission.
- If you are in labour you will be invited into triage and assessed by the Midwife before being transferred to the relevant area of the labour ward.