Our Antenatal team will support you through your pregnancy, to make sure you and your baby are as well as possible.
The midwife or doctor providing your antenatal care will:
- check the health of you and your baby
- give you useful information to help you have a healthy pregnancy, including advice about healthy eating and exercise
- discuss your options and choices for your care during pregnancy, labour and birth
- answer any questions you may have
Please make an appointment with your GP as soon as you realise you are pregnant. They will help you with a referral into our services and will also put you in touch with a community midwife. Your community midwife will support you throughout your pregnancy and will assist you with the booking process, the appropriate pathways and tests.
Antenatal care is based on your individual needs and at UHB we are able to provide care to all women whether you are deemed to be ‘low risk’ or have medical or past obstetric issues which class you as ‘high risk’. We have pathways in place to try to ensure you receive the safest and most appropriate care possible.
We want your antenatal care to lead to the best possible outcome for you and your baby. Obstetricians, who are experts in caring for women in pregnancy who are deemed to be ‘high risk’ work alongside midwives, who are qualified in being able to deliver care autonomously to ‘low risk’ women, to achieve this. Specialist midwives and other allied health professionals including sonographers, physiotherapists play a pivotal role in the multi-disciplinary team providing your antenatal care.
Aspen is a six bedded antenatal ward where you will stay if you need admission for care and monitoring during your pregnancy.
University Hospitals Birmingham have a consultant midwife, Jo Wright. The role of the consultant midwife covers education, research and expert clinical practice. If you would like to have a choice during pregnancy, labour or postnatally that is not in our current guideline you will be referred to the consultant midwife. If you are booked with the Trust, you can also self-refer to the consultant midwife to discuss your options. The Consultant Midwife also offers a debriefing service to women following the birth of their baby and is able to refer to other support services if necessary.
You can contact Jo on 0121 424 2048 or 0121 424 47444
Antenatal and Newborn Screening
We have a team of specialised clerical and midwifery staff that are here to help you with the important screening choices you will have during and after your pregnancy.
They are based at Heartlands Hospital but work across our three maternity units, including Good Hope and Solihull hospitals.
They can be contacted on the below numbers:
Heartlands Hospital maternity reception – 0121 424 2729
Good Hope Hospital maternity reception – 0121 424 7620
Heartlands Hospital Antenatal Clinic – 0121 424 0730
Good Hope Hospital Antenatal Clinic – 0121 424 7637
Solihull Hospital Antenatal Clinic – 0121 424 4376
The team are happy to offer preconception advice or at any stage of your pregnancy or for your newborn baby.
More information about antenatal and newborn screening is available here, (also available in other languages).