If you think you are pregnant please let us know as soon as possible so that we can help and guide you through your options.
Pregnancy is a life-changing event and to support you we have a team of doctors, nurses and midwives attached to the practice.
The doctor will do the initial referral when you are first pregnant. Your post natal check and baby check up is carried out by the doctor. If you have any inter or current illnesses and problems the doctor may be able to help.
The midwife will carry out your routine checks during the pregnancy and will visit you at home after you have had your baby.
The health visitor will advise you on matters about looking after yourself and your baby postnatally.
The nurses are responsible for immunising your baby and our receptionists as always are here to help you.
Usual antenatal screening test are carried out by the midwife or hospital who will explain these to you. If you want more specialised information regarding screening for Down's Syndrome, please feel free to discuss this with the midwife or doctor at any of your appointments.
To take folic acid during early pregnancy, try to cut down on alcohol, give up smoking and gentle exercise is very good for you.
To think about issues like childcare and breast-feeding during your pregnancy and we would encourage you to attend antenatal classes.
For antenatal classes held at the hospitals; ask for a form at your first appointment. Private classes are available through the National Childbirth Trust and there is an antenatal Yoga class held at Northfields Community Centre 71A Northcroft Road W13 on Wednesdays 8-9.45 pm (term time only).
For further details please telephone 020 8998 0548.
The telephone number of the National Childbirth Trust is 0300 330 0770. Website: www.nct.org.uk
Please make sure you fill out the FW8 Form, Application for prescription charge exemption, for free prescriptions whilst you are pregnant and until your baby is 1 year old.
To help you to understand the care available in the NHS during your pregnancy, we suggest you access the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence on the website: http://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/index.jsp
We hope your experience of pregnancy and childbirth is a pleasant one and please remember staff are here to support you.