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I'm Pregnant..... What's Next?

Registering for maternity care

Your First Point of Contact
If you think you may be pregnant, please fill out the Pregnancy Booking Form, or contact your GP surgery, who will then refer you to the midwifery service. If you have had no contact from the midwives by 10 weeks gestation, please contact the Maternity Co-ordinator on 01983 822099 ext 3210.


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.

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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