Whether you’re having your first baby or a new addition to the family, you’ll have lots of questions and many choices.

This short film tells you about your birth choices 


Your birth choices

Your birth - your choice

Pregnancy is different for every woman. Whether you’re having your first baby or a new addition to the family, you’ll have lots of questions. We’re here for you. We offer parents-to-be a range of ways to get the information and support they need.

Throughout your pregnancy, your GP and our midwives and doctors will look after you together.

We’ll meet with you, make sure you know what’s going on and look after the health of you and your growing baby, with regular check ups. You can also come along to some of our special events and classes that are timed for key points in your pregnancy.

We’ll help you decide where to have your baby and also offer advice on your choices. You can choose to have your baby:

To help us tailor the care we offer to your needs, we meet with you at around 10 weeks into your pregnancy. This will be arranged by your GP, or you can refer yourself using the form on our website. On your first visit you will be asked a few questions about you and your family’s health and previous pregnancies.

We can then plan your care with you. We’ll give you information on diet and foods to avoid, lifestyle considerations like smoking and alcohol, pregnancy care services, maternity benefits, and the screening tests you could choose to have. We’ll also weigh you, measure you, take your blood pressure and test your urine. All of this helps us to get to know your health better, so we can offer you the best care. You will be offered an ultrasound scan for around 12 weeks to help determine the date you can expect to give birth, and then we’ll plan future visits.

For a first pregnancy we’ll normally plan to see you about ten times. If you’ve had children before, we usually reduce this to about seven times. These appointments can take place at the hospital, your GP surgery or one of our clinics.


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