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Antenatal care

Once you have found out you are pregnant we encourage you to contact us as soon as possible to ensure you have full access to our antenatal screening services. You can do this by going to your GP and asking them to refer you to our hospital. You can also call us directly to arrange a booking appointment on 020 8869 5252 or complete the online self-referral form.

You are highly advised to book your antenatal care before 10 weeks of pregnancy. You can refer yourself directly to a midwife by using our self-referral form.

You are welcome to come and have a look round our maternity unit and meet some of our staff.  To arrange a 'talk & tour' please call 020 8869 2870.

Description of service

Your first appointment

Your first appointment is called a 'booking appointment' and will be with a midwife who will provide advice, guidance and information about your pregnancy. They will also arrange further appointments for you which will include ultrasound scans, screening tests and check ups.

Follow up appointments

Follow up appointments are held in antenatal clinics at Northwick Park Hospital in Harrow, Central Middlesex Hospital in Park Royal and several health and children's centres across Brent and Harrow. As part of your antenatal care you will be offered screening tests and ultrasound scanning.

The care you receive through pregnancy will depend on you and your baby’s health.  Most healthy women will receive care throughout pregnancy from a midwife or GP.  If you have a more complex medical history your antenatal care will be planned by a consultant obstetrician however you should still see a midwife from time to time.

You may choose to see your GP alongside your hospital / midwife appointments.  This type of care is called 'shared care'.   Regardless of the care you have chosen it is important that you are seen regularly throughout your pregnancy.  Information on the plan of care is in your antenatal handheld (yellow) notes.  Please make sure you know when you should to be seen and make appointments accordingly.

Antenatal Classes

To support you and your growing family we offer antenatal classes and workshops to prepare you for the birth of your baby and beyond.  We suggest that you arrange your antenatal classes early - from 26 weeks of pregnancy - as they are very popular and get booked up fast.  To arrange call: 020 8869 2870 or speak to your midwife.

You may also choose to attend privately run classes.

We offer antenatal breastfeeding workshops on the 1st and 3rd saturday of every month (excluding Bank Holiday weekends).  It is held in the Parent Education Room on Level 7A, Maternity from 10:00 - 12:00.  It is a drop in workshop so there is no need to book in advance.  You are most welcome to attend.

Specialist Antenatal Clinics

Most women experience a normal natural pregnancy and will only need midwife / GP care.  For those women who have a more complex obstetric history we offer specialist clinics.  Appointments will be arranged by your midwife based on the information you give at the booking appointment.

1.     Joint endocrine antenatal clinics - Joint endocrine clinic sees patients with diabetes, thyroid diseases, pituitary diseases etc. There is a clinic at Northwick Park Hospital and at Central Middlesex Hospital.  Each clinic is supported by consultant obstetrician, consultant endocrinologist, specialist registrars, diabetic specialist nurse, diabetic specialist midwives and dieticians.

2.     Maternal medicine clinics - These clinics offer pre-pregnancy counselling and support for women with complex medical history including: hypertension, epilepsy, cardiac diseases, diseases of the bowl, renal diseases, diseases of the musculo-skeletal system, diseases of immune origins such as systemic lupus erythamatosis etc. There are two clinics held at Northwick Park Hospital.

3.     Joint Obstetric Haematology clinics -  This clinic is for pregnant women with haematological conditions like blood clotting disorders (Thrombophilia, Deep Vein Thrombois, Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia etc), severe aneamia and other related conditions. This clinic is supported by an Obstetric Consultant, Consultant Haematologist and specialist registrars.

4.     Bereavement Clinic - This clinic is run by specialist and is run for couples who have had pregnancy loss.

5.     African Well Womens Clinic - This clinic sees pregnant women from African origin who have special needs and is held on Friday AM.  It is run by specialist midwives who will refer to consultant if necessary.

6.     VBAC clinic (vaginal birth after caesarean) - this clinic is for women who have had a caesarean section in the past and would like to discuss the option of having a vaginal birth in this pregnancy.  This clinic is run by specialist senior midwives.

For information on Labour and Postnatal care please see the link. 

Locations

Northwick Park and St Mark's Hospitals

Level 4 Maternity -   Antenatal clinic

                              Ultrasound

Level 6 Maternity - Day Assessment Unit / Fetal Medicine Unit                                         

Level 7A Maternity - Antenatal classes in Parent Education room

Central Middlesex Hospital

Central Middlesex Hospital ACAD area 3 - Antenatal clinic

Contacts

Central Middlesex Hospital

  • Antenatal clinic
    020 8453 2108

Northwick Park and St Mark's Hospitals

  • Appointments
    020 8869 5252 9am - 5pm
  • Unit tours
    020 8869 2870 9am - 5pm
  • Edith Ward
    020 8869 2930
  • Antenatal clinic
    020 8869 2880
  • Ultrasound
    020 8869 3885
  • Day Assessment Unit
    020 8869 5103
  • Community midwives
    020 8869 2871

Consultants and other key staff

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