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I'm pregnant... what's next?

Use Badger Notes to self refer if you are pregnant

Your first point of contact

If you are more than 6 weeks pregnant you can use this maternity referral form (on Badger Notes) to tell us about your pregnancy.

Please have your NHS number available to complete this referral - if you don't know this, you can get it from your GP surgery. Please provide as much information as possible, as this will help us to provide you with the most appropriate care.

Once you have submitted your self-referral you should receive a confirmation e-mail to let you know it has been received. Please allow 10 working days from that date before expecting a call from a triage midwife. We will advise your GP that you are pregnant, as we are obliged to let them know we are caring for you.

If you have any queries or would prefer not to use this form, please contact our Maternity Coordinator on: 01983 822099 ext. 3210. Opening hours are Monday to Friday from 8am to 4pm.

Antenatal Care
Throughout your pregnancy you will receive regular care to check that you and your baby are well and to ensure that any problems are picked up and dealt with as early as possible.

Most women have their first (and longest) check between 8-10 weeks gestation. Thereafter we recommend that you be seen monthly in the first 36 weeks, and then at 38, 39 and 40 weeks. Appointments are undertaken in the home, in a children's centre, GP surgery or in hospital if you are under consultant led care.

We offer a full range of antenatal services such as ultrasound scanning, antenatal screening and blood tests which your midwife will discuss with you. Advice is also available on giving up smoking and alcohol, along with general guidance on diet and nutrition. You can self-refer to the Isle of Wight Wellbeing Service via your GP or midwife for help with weight management, smoking cessation and physical inactivity. Click here for more information.

The focus of our care programme is on fulfilling the individual needs of mothers, babies and their families, with an emphasis on continuity of care. Mothers are encouraged to be actively involved in their own care during all stages of pregnancy, labour and the postnatal period.

Badger Notes

You can now choose to access your maternity records online using your smart phone, tablet or computer.

The Badger Notes App is available from the Apple app store on an iPhone or Google Play on Android phones and allows you to access your Maternity records. The information that appears is generated from the hospital-based maternity system and includes information entered by your midwife or other healthcare professionals involved in your care.

Badger Notes can also send emails, text message and push notifications to you. These will be used to send important health information updates to you during your pregnancy.


The role of the midwife is to guide you through your pregnancy and delivery and to see you are receiving care appropriate to your needs. An important part of their work is educational and involves the encouragement of good health and stability within the family. Their knowledge and skill is continually updated with relevant, practice-based research.

As members of a professional body, all midwives are skilled, competent practitioners who adhere to the Midwives' Rules and Standards as laid down by the National Midwifery Council. Midwives will always respect each mother's right to privacy, confidentiality and personal beliefs. The mother's dignity will be maintained at all times.

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Personalised Care Plans
During pregnancy we encourage every woman to complete their own personal care plans, in partnership with their midwives and/or doctors. Personal care plans help you to explore, understand and record your individual choices for pregnancy, birth and early parenthood. Every woman and family is different, with individual needs, which have an influence on care and preferences. Decisions regarding care should be made in partnership with your maternity team and those close to you (such as family and friends). Plans can adapt as your pregnancy progresses if needed. Personal care plans are for everyone, whether it is your first baby or your fifth!

See the links below to download our personalised care plan booklets.

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