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Antenatal Care

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. You can book an appointment with your GP or directly with your midwife as soon as you know that you’re pregnant.

It’s best to see them as early as possible to obtain the information you need to have a healthy pregnancy.

Midwife

The Midwife works with the doctor to give care to women having a baby, both before and for ten days after the baby is delivered. Antenatal appointments are now generally provided by the midwife at the hospital or satellite clinic. For further information please contact your Practice.

Susan Nelson and Kelly Holmes (Contact Tel No 01563 825411 for pre-booking appointments)
If you require a midwife in an emergency please call Ayrshire Maternity Unit on 01563 825300 and ask for a midwife covering the Kilbirnie/Beith area.

The midwife is actively involved in pre-conceptual, antenatal and postnatal care. Parenthood education and breastfeeding workshops are offered locally. In association with health visiting colleagues, we provide breastfeeding support and a First-year Group for new parents.

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.

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.

NHS Inform provides further details on all aspects of antenatal care.