You can choose whether you would like to give birth at home or in hospital. The midwife will be your first point of contact, for information and support for all your pregnancy and birthing needs.
Apart from when you have your scans at the hospital, your antenatal appointments will be held at your local GP surgery, health centre or children’s centre.
At the beginning of the pregnancy a midwife will review your medical and childbearing history. Most women will receive most of their care from a midwife. However, if you or your midwife has any cause for concern (at the beginning or at any time during your pregnancy), you will be offered a referral to the hospital to see a member of the multidisciplinary team who can provide the right advice and care for you.
Your midwife will discuss the following options with you and support you in your choice of care.
Following your first appointment with your midwife you will be given your maternity records. It is important to bring your maternity records to every appointment in pregnancy.
This is an overview of the routine care pathway. You may have different appointments and additional scans based on your personal clinical needs in this pregnancy.
Based at Samuel Johnson Community Hospital and covers Burton, Ashby and Uttoxeter areas.
Telephone: 01283 511511 ext 4351
Based at Samuel Johnson Community Hospital and covers Tamworth, Lichfield and Burntwood areas.
Telephone: 01827 263870
Telephone: 01773 525 085
Coleman Street Health Centre
Telephone: 01332 861 192
Florence Nightingale Community Hospital
Telephone: 01332 254 714
Long Eaton Health Centre
Telephone: 01158 554 060
Swadlincote Health Centre
Telephone: 01283 818 030
National evidence has shown receiving care in this way enhances a woman’s experience and also sees an improvement in some aspects of care such as fewer babies being born prematurely.
Teams providing this pathway of care have been introduced across Derby, Derbyshire and Burton.
Since July 2019 three Continuity of Carer teams have been introduced at UHDB who work alongside existing community midwife teams. Continuity of Carer teams are made up of a small number of midwives and maternity support workers. Women receiving care from a Continuity of Carer team will have a named midwife to provide the majority of planned care in pregnancy and after baby has arrived. A midwife from the team will provide care in labour so women are more likely to know the midwife caring for them.
During pregnancy women are invited to ‘meet the midwife’ sessions to provide an opportunity to meet the rest of the Continuity of Carer team. For more information please speak to your midwife.