Antenatal care consists of all the care and help 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 and this will mean attending scheduled appointments with a GP and your midwife at various stages. They will also arrange a number of routine blood tests and scans during your pregnancy and appointments with hospital specialists, should you need them.
As soon as you find out you are pregnant, you should get in touch with us to find out more information on the services and support that are available to you. The Community Midwife Team from Guys and St Thomas is based at Manor Place Surgery and your doctor will pass your details to the team. They are able to offer a community based service and follow you throughout your pregnancy. Patients from both practices may access this service or the maternity services at Kings College Hospital – this also offers regular appointments with a midwife but, at present, these are clinic based at Kings.
After your baby is born you will be seen at home, initially by your midwife and then by a health visitor. You will be invited to have a developmental check on your baby when they are 6 weeks old and we also encourage every new mother to have a post-natal check 8 weeks after the birth with our nurse to monitor their health and talk about family planning. More information on Postnatal Care.
Pregnancy and birth are usually very happy times but they can also be times associated with a lot of worry and emotion. If you are finding things difficult we would encourage you to talk to your midwife, health visitor or any of the doctors and nurses working at Manor Place or Sir John Kirk Close. They will be happy to offer you support and advice should you need it.
For more information, please visit the following websites.
Download the NHS Pregnancy Tracker for your Desktop, find out more here. - NHS Choices
The Pregnancy Care Planner - NHS Choices
Antenatal Care - Lifestyle Advice - NHS Choices
Videos from NHS Choices:
Antenatal screening helps you manage your pregnancy better and lets you know how your baby is progressing. Two mums talk about what screening involves.
Who to See: All Nurses
One of the most important things that a parent can do for their child is to make sure that they have all their routine childhood vaccinations. It's the most effective way of keeping them protected against infectious diseases.
Ideally, children should have their jabs at the right age to protect them as early as possible and minimise the risk of infection.
You can find out which jabs your child needs, when they need them, and what the benefits of each jab are by talking to your health visitor or by booking an appointment with one of the Nursing team.
Well baby clinics
You can also visit our Baby Clinics for advice or information. These are run as drop in sessions on:
All babies are invited to see the doctor, for a health and development check at the age of 6 weeks. Later checks are carried out by the Health Visitors.
This is a drop- in- Clinic for well children under 5, check with reception for details. Please bring your “red” book when you come.
For routine childhood vaccinations, please make an appointment with one of our nurses.
Find out which jabs your child needs, when they need them, and what the benefits of each jab are.
Please call the surgery to make an appointment.
For more infomation please visit the websites below:
Vaccinations for you and your family - NHS Choices
Who to See: Sandra Barry and Stella Odesanya
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.
Your baby will also be booked in for a developmental check with one of our doctors when they are around 6 weeks old and will be started on their immunisation programme at around 8 weeks of age.
We run a baby clinic from 1.30pm to 3.00pm on the following days:
|Manor Place Surgery -||Monday and Thursday|
|Sir John Kirk Surgery -||Tuesday|
At each clinic there is a Health visitor present. No appointment is needed except for baby checks. These clinics are for well babies only.
We also recommend that all new mums make an appointment for a check - up around 8 weeks after the birth of their baby. These checks are offered by Sandra or Stella and are an opportunity to talk about how things are going, any concerns and family planning. You can make your appointment with reception - just let them know it is for an 8 week check.
Choosing where to access care after birth - NHS Choices
Birth to 5 years old guide - NHS Choices
Breastfeeding Guide - NHS Choices
Information and support - NetMums
Support for new mum's - NCT
Videos from NHS Choices
Busy mums talk about how they fit exercise into life with a new born baby and experts explain what's safe and what's not after you've given birth.