Antenatal

Together with the team of community midwives, we provide a full range of antenatal care services. Wycombe General Hospital provides a midwife-led birthing centre but those wishing to deliver in a fully staffed labour ward with access to epidural pain relief, emergency doctors and full hospital facilities will need to choose between Stoke Mandeville, Wexham Park, The Royal Berks or John Radcliffe Hospitals. The midwife will discuss these options with you.

Newly pregnant patients are asked to complete the self-referral for maternity care form on our website in the first instance if you are planning to have your baby at either Stoke Mandeville, Wycombe or John Radcliffe. The midwife will then contact you by telephone when you are between 8 – 10 Weeks pregnant to arrange your booking appointment.

However, if you are planning to receive maternity care from a hospital within the Frimley Health NHS Trust (e.g. Wexham Park Hospital), you should self-refer via the hospital website (www.frimleyhealthandcare.org.uk/maternity). For Royal Berks Hospital you will need to self-refer by telephone on 0118 322 8964.

After an initial booking appointment, and discussion regarding screening options, the antenatal clinics normally run from 12 weeks of pregnancy onwards at 4-8 weekly intervals at first, becoming more frequent in the final 8 weeks. A full ultrasound scan is performed at 20 weeks, and a birth plan is agreed toward the end of pregnancy. Those with co-existing medical problems or other risk factors are also referred for an obstetric opinion early on with a consultant.

Please note ANY bleeding or significant pain during pregnancy should be reported to the midwife or GP immediately.

Pre-pregnancy counselling is also available, and includes rationalisation of any medications, ensuring rubella immunity, advising regarding lifestyle, diet, risk factors, and taking folic acid.