Antenatal Care

Your antenatal care

Mrs Maggie Poe ( F), runs the antenatal clinic which is normally held on a Thursday afternoon. The midwife visits all our “new mums” who had their delivery at Lewisham, at home in the 2 week period following birth. If she is on duty when you go into labour, she may be able to deliver your baby for you at the hospital. Please note we do not have an attached midwife from any other hospital other than Lewisham, but you are at liberty to decide where you want your baby.

Self-refer

Did you know you can refer yourself for an appointment with one of our midwives without speaking to your GP first?

You can self-refer by calling our midwife hotline on 07787 841 986, or alternatively by completing the online self-referral form; you can access this by clicking on the button shown below.

Help and emotional support during pregnancy and the first year after having a baby

Having a baby can be joyful, exciting and rewarding. However, it is also common for pregnant women and new mothers or fathers to experience anxiety, depression or emotional distress. A useful leaflet has been produced to offer guidance and support.

It’s best to see them as early as possible to obtain the information you need to have a healthy pregnancy, and because some tests, such as screening for sickle cell and thalassaemia should be done before you’re 10 weeks’ pregnant.

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.