When you first learn you are pregnant, it’s important to contact an NHS professional as soon as possible. This is to make sure that you receive maternity care that takes account of all your health needs and preferences.
You can book an appointment directly with your community midwife as soon as you know you are pregnant. Your GP surgery will be able to put you in touch with your community midwife.
If you have special health needs, your midwife, GP or other doctors may take shared responsibility for your maternity care.
Your first meeting with your midwife, sometimes known as the booking appointment, will last for up to two hours and could take place either at a hospital, GP surgery or at your home. Here your midwife will ask you many questions about your health, the health of your family, and your preferences in order to give you the best pregnancy care. Your midwife will order a number of tests and scans, some of which will be done throughout your pregnancy. The results of these tests may affect your choices later in pregnancy so it’s important not to miss them.