Antenatal care is the care you receive from health professionals during the course of your pregnancy. It is important you take good care of your own health and that of your unborn baby during pregnancy.
When you are pregnant you can now refer yourself directly to the local hospital of your choice without needing to go through your GP, you can choose to access maternity care in one of the listed units:
· Barkantine Birth Centre
· Barking Community Birth Centre
· Newham University Hospital
· The Royal London Hospital
· Whipps Cross Hospital
For full details about your NHS pregnancy journey please visit NHS.uk/pregnancy
Postnatal care extends for between 6-8 weeks after the birth of your baby. During this period, routine checks are carried out by the health visitor and you and your baby’s recovery is monitored.
During your postnatal care you will find out about feeding, potty training, illnesses, safety and more. You will be able to ask your health visitor questions and request advice.
· Birth to 5 years old guide - NHS
· Breastfeeding Guide - NHS
· Information and support - NETMUMS
8 WEEK CHECKS
Clinics are run by our GPs for 6 week checks and Practice Nurses for 8 week immunisations.
The Admin team will contact you pro-actively to arrange 8 week check appointment when your child is due for their 8 week check. Please make sure you register your new born with the surgery as soon as possible.
HEALTHY START SCHEME (FREE VOUCHERS)
With Healthy Start Scheme, you get free vouchers every week to spend on milk, fresh, frozen and tinned fruit and vegetables, and infant formula milk. You can also get free vitamins.
Are you pregnant or do you have children under the age of 4?
If yes, you may be eligible if you are on benefits.
You are eligible if you are pregnant and under the age of 18
Check if you are eligible and how to apply by visiting: www.healthystart.nhs.uk
If you are unable to access the website, please contact our Health Visiting service on
020 3373 9983 for further assistance.
Important: A midwife or Health Visitor no longer needs to sign the Healthy Start application form.
TERMINATION OF PREGNANCY
Contact British pregnancy Advisor Service (BPAS) on 03457 304030
If you’re pregnant and considering abortion, you are not alone. 1 in 3 UK women will have an abortion by the time they are 45 years old.
BPAS helps thousands of women with unplanned pregnancy counselling, and abortion treatment every year. They make sure that you have enough support to help you decide if abortion, adoption or parenting is right for you.
Most women BPAS see are sure they want a termination and don’t need counselling – BPAS makes sure they are treated quickly, safely and conveniently.
Other women are undecided about their next step, they want to talk about their pregnancy so we offer them counselling. 10-15% of women who come to us decide to continue with their pregnancy.
Most women we see have their care paid for by the NHS.