Maternity Services

Run by our midwives in conjunction with the doctors according to a schedule. You will also be offered a 6 week post-natal check when booking your baby’s 8 week check.

Planning A Pregnancy

If you are planning a pregnancy, please make a routine appointment to see a GP or Nurse Practitioner to discuss pre-conception care. This will ensure you are in the best of health and maximise your chances of a healthy baby. We recommend all women planning a pregnancy have a blood test for rubella (German measles) immunity, and start taking folic acid 400micrograms daily (5mg daily if your BMI is over 30; you will need a prescription for this higher dose). We would particularly encourage those women who are on regular medication for any other reason, for example epilepsy, high blood pressure or depression, to see a doctor before conceiving.

For more on pre-conception care, see:

Fertility Problems

If you have been trying to conceive for over 12 months, over 6 months if the female partner is over 35 years old, if you have a condition that might make it harder to conceive, or if you are hoping to conceive in a same-sex partnership, please make a routine appointment with a GP to discuss the next steps. Ideally you should come in with your partner.

For more on fertility in the NHS, see:

Newly Pregnant?

If you have taken a home pregnancy test and it’s positive, you will need to register for antenatal care. Start taking folic acid as soon as you find out you are pregnant (400micrograms daily or 5mg daily if your BMI is over 30). Let us know as soon as you discover you are pregnant so that we can arrange your care and organise the first scan, usually at 12 weeks of pregnancy. You can book to see our midwife directly (ask reception for a ‘booking’ appointment) or you can choose to see your GP first. In most cases we do not routinely recheck the pregnancy test as shop-bought tests are very accurate. Forest End provides antenatal care coordinated by the midwives of Frimley Park Hospital no matter where you choose to have your baby. Most healthy women will have ‘shared-care’ ie care shared between your GP and community midwives. In some cases, or if complications develop, you may need to see an obstetrician at the hospital clinic of your choice. You will see a midwife or GP regularly through your pregnancy, more frequently towards the end or if there are any complications.

For more on antenatal care, see:

Unplanned Pregnancy?

If you are pregnant and you are not sure whether you wish to continue your pregnancy, please see a GP as soon as you can, to discuss what options are available to you. You should ask reception for an urgent appointment.