Antenatal care is the term we use to describe the care you receive from our team of healthcare professionals during your pregnancy. As soon as you know you are pregnant you should contact your GP to organise your antenatal care or call us on 0151 247 4747.
If you have chosen to have your maternity care at Liverpool Women’s you will be invited to attend our antenatal clinic before the twelfth week of your pregnancy, where your individual plan of care will be discussed with you. This is commonly known as your 'booking appointment'. The midwife will take a lot of information from you in order to plan your pregnancy and meet your individual needs. The midwife will offer to take some blood from you in order to perform some routine screening tests and ask you to provide a sample of urine. An ultrasound scan will be arranged which is usually performed between 11 and 13 weeks of pregnancy. This gives the midwife a predicted delivery date for your baby’s birth and also confirms that there is a heartbeat. You will also be given your first ultrasound picture which shows your baby in the womb. All your details will be kept on the hospital’s computer system and a copy will be given to you for you to keep and bring to each clinic and hospital appointment. Your booking appointment may last around 60 minutes so there is a small tea bar, a children’s play area and baby changing facilities for your comfort and convenience.