Once your pregnancy has been confirmed by a home pregnancy kit, please call 0141 232 4005 to arrange your first midwife appointment. Midwives from the Princess Royal Maternity Hospital run clinics at the Kirkintilloch Health & Care Centre. If a patient chooses to be booked at another hospital, they will be required to travel there for midwife clinics. Antenatal visits are run at the KHCC. This is where you will have your scan performed. Your midwife will provide you with your shared care record with the schedule of clinic appointments and contact numbers.
It’s best to see them as early as possible to obtain the information you need to have a healthy pregnancy
The Midwife works with the Doctor to give care to women having a baby, both before birth and for ten days after the baby is delivered. Antenatal appointments are now generally provided by the Midwife at the Hospital or satellite clinic.
The role of the midwife
A Midwife is a qualified nurse who has undertaken further training to provide and promote normal midwifery.
They help you to prepare for motherhood and promote good health for yourself and your baby by advising on the effects of drinking, smoking and good diet whilst you are pregnant.
The Midwife guides you through your pregnancy and endeavours to detect any problems and make relevant referrals if necessary.
Healthy Start is a government scheme that aims to improve the health of pregnant women and mothers on benefits or low incomes, all pregnant women under 18 years of age and children who are under 5 years of age. Families who are supported by the scheme receive vouchers to spend on milk (including infant formula), fresh fruit and vegetables.
Your antenatal care
When you first learn that you’re pregnant, get in touch with a Midwife or GP as soon as possible. Ideally this should be by 10 weeks of your pregnancy. Telling your GP and/or Midwife promptly will help to make sure you receive maternity healthcare that takes into account all your health needs and preferences.