Here is a message from our midwifery team:
We work both within the community and at the Surgery working closely with the Primary Health Care Team: GPs, Health Visitors, Practice Nursing Staff and Community Physiotherapists. We also work and liaise with hospital services, particularly Obstetric Consultants and Midwives. We are able to refer women to hospital services for investigations/care if medically indicated for high risk pregnancies and births, or if the woman’s choice is to give birth within the hospital setting.
At all times we endeavour to ensure the care and advice offered is based on up to date research based evidence.
We work with a further five midwives (green team) to provide a 24 hour “on call” facility giving advice for urgent midwifery problems and concerns and to undertake home births. Within East Cornwall a “midwifery advice line” 01579 335645 is also available from 09.00-11.00 each weekday to answer any issues women might have regarding pregnancy, birth or issues during the post natal period.
To contact a midwife in an emergency phone 0800 525900.
Services we provide are:
- Preconceptual advice
- Care and support during the ante natal period
- Care in labour for those wishing to have their baby at home
- Care and support during the post natal period
- Parent education
You will normally be referred to the midwifery service by your GP but you are welcome to make contact if you wish via the surgery reception staff.
You will normally meet your “named midwife” when you are approximately 8 weeks pregnant. At the first consultation which will last between 1-2 hours you will have the opportunity to discuss with your midwife any aspects or concerns you consider are relevant to your pregnancy. We will give you various literature related to pregnancy and discuss the care and appointments recommended for your specific pregnancy.
You will be provided with contact telephone numbers to enable you to contact a midwife at any time if you have concerns or problems.
Ante natal clinics are held on Wednesday afternoon, appointments are necessary and can be arranged through reception.
We hope that you will enjoy your pregnancy and the early days with your baby and if you have any worries or concerns would encourage you to discuss them with your midwife.