Community midwives work in partnership with other agencies such as GPs, health visitors, children’s centre practitioners, mental health services, social care and doulas, as well as physiotherapists and consultants in obstetrics and paediatrics.
Women who have a positive pregnancy test and wish to arrange their maternity care can contact a midwife via the direct access number 01482 605304. A clerical officer will take a short history and relevant details to enable a booking appointment to be arranged.
Every woman has a booking appointment with a community midwife. Booking appointments are arranged at a health centre, children’s centre or hospital. In discussion with you, a plan of care will be made.
Antenatal care is provided in line with NICE guidelines. Most women can access care locally but some women need to have consultant led or hospital based care.
Preparation for birth and parenting classes are provided by a variety of agencies. Please discuss your options with a midwife at your antenatal appointment.
If you would like to discuss home birth, please mention this to a midwife during your antenatal appointment.
Following the birth, you will receive a home visit from a community midwife the day after your discharge from hospital or home birth (please note that our working hours are 8.30am-5.00pm). At this visit the midwife will plan your postnatal care and arrange further appointments with the midwifery service.
The majority of postnatal care is provided in health centres and children’s centres in the community with an allocated appointment time.
Our central office is often very busy but the clerical staff are happy to take messages on 01482 382658. Non-urgent messages are taken by community office clerks, which are given to the midwives at approximately 8.30am and 2.00pm. Calls will be returned as the workload allows alongside clinical commitments.
Urgent calls should be made in accordance with the guidance on the front of your hand held records or postnatal care plans.