If you have done a pregnancy test and it is positive the next step is to contact a midwife as soon as possible, preferably before eight weeks into the pregnancy.
You can contact your local midwife direct, you don’t need to see your GP first. In the majority of cases most women discover a pregnancy in the early stages and as a result can be seen before 12 weeks. It is important to be seen as soon as possible, no matter when you discover you are pregnant. The midwives will be able to discuss healthy eating and dietary supplements that are essential to start straight away for the health of your baby. Your midwife will also be able to give you other important advice on staying fit and well in your pregnancy. Book your first appointment by calling the relevant number below:
North East Lincolnshire – 03033 305232
Goole – 03033 304079
Brigg – 03033 306860
Barton – (01652) 660052
Scunthorpe (Cottage Beck Road) – (03033) 303088
Epworth – 03033 306744
Louth – (01507) 631210
What if I decide I do not want to go through with the pregnancy?
We are able to offer all the emotional support that goes with this sort of decision and our termination services offer a discreet and professional environment that is non-judgemental.
After your first scan
When you have been for your first appointment and had your initial ultrasound scan we will provide you with detailed information on the next steps for your pregnancy. In most cases women are able to continue with their everyday life and are not in any way hindered by their pregnancy. It is important to remember that pregnancy is not an illness and you try to continue as normally as possible, while adhering to the medical advice, such as not smoking and drinking alcohol.
Pregnancy and birth Personal Care Plans
Everyone and their family is different, with individual needs, which have an influence on care and preferences. Your Personal Care Plans booklet will help you explore, understand and record your individual choices for pregnancy, birth and early parenthood.
Please watch this YouTube video below to find out more.
The booklet includes five different sections for you to complete that cover the different aspects of your pregnancy journey, including:
- Health and wellbeing in pregnancy
- Personalised birth preferences
- Dads, partners and co-parents
- After your baby is born
- Birth afterthoughts.
Your midwife and/or doctor can help you to complete or adapt your personal care plans at any point, and you should share your plans and preferences with them throughout your pregnancy.
You can download your booklet on the Humber and North Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership Local Maternity System website.