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.
Pre-pregnancy counselling includes rationalisation of any medications, ensuring rubella immunity, advising regarding lifestyle, diet, risk factors, and taking folic acid.
Newly pregnant patients are asked to speak with the GP in the first instance, who will then put them in touch with the midwife. After an initial booking interview, 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.