The community midwife will see patients for antenatal care on a regular basis throughout their pregnancy.
The midwife will see the patient at approximately 12 - 14 weeks' gestation to discuss:
- Plan of care, eg high or low risk
- Place of delivery, eg home, Bournemouth or Poole Hospital
- Arranging screening tests and NT scan if required
- Advice on healthy eating, eg foods to avoid the risk of toxoplasmosis, listeriosis and salmonella
- Arranging full booking at approximately 14 weeks at the patient's home
Routine antenatal checks are at four-weekly intervals starting two weeks after the 19-20 week scan. For women expecting their first baby (primigravidae) routine checks are at two weekly intervals from 30 weeks. For women who have already had a baby (multigravidae) the checks continue at four-weekly intervals.
If the patient is booked at Poole, whether primigravidae or multigravidae, and has not delivered at 40 weeks, the midwife will arrange for them to be seen at 41 weeks for assessment and to arrange induction of labour (at 42 weeks).
Following the delivery the midwife will visit the mother and baby at home for the first 10 days, as required. If all is well after this time the care of the baby will transfer to the health visitor.