Antenatal care given by our Maternity Services is based on guidance provided by NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Incidents) regarding the routine care that all healthy women can expect to receive during their pregnancy. A copy of the NICE guidance is available to download:
All women receive a Pregnancy Book during their Booking Visit. This book has been provided by the Department of Health as a complete guide to pregnancy, childbirth and the first few weeks with a new baby. It gives important information regarding your health, rights and benefits available to you during your pregnancy.
We have also produced a booklet which outlines the choices available within our Health Board regarding the place of birth for your baby. This is generally given to you during your appointment but if you wish to download a copy now, please click on one of the links below:
Midwives run several classes which benefit women during their pregnancy:
- Parent Education
- Active Birth
If you are interested in any of these classes, please ask your Midwife for more information.
A number of screening tests are offered to you in early pregnancy. These include blood tests and ultrasound scans. Screening tests can help to detect some of the conditions that may affect you or baby. These screening tests however cannot always tell you that you or your baby is affected. Further information is available on our Antenatal Screening page.
Further information which you may find useful:
- Antenatal Screening Wales
- NICE guidance (IOL) Induction of Labour - Welsh
- NICE guidance (IOL) Induction of Labour - English
During your pregnancy, you may need additional support from one of our Specialist Midwives. Your Community Midwife will be able to arrange for you to meet with one of these midwives:
Safeguarding / Child Protection / Domestic Abuse
Community Midwives receive additional training so they are able to help and support you during your pregnancy if you are a victim of Domestic Abuse.
Specialist Midwife for Ethnic Minorities
Provides additional assistance to women from minority groups.
Surestart / Flying Start
Give additional care and assistance to pregnant teenagers.
Available to help women who misuse substances during their pregnancy.
Maternity Bereavement Specialist
Midwives who receive additional training to help you and your family.