Maternity services/choices

If you are pregnant, we want to make sure you have all the information you need to make informed decisions about your pregnancy. Below you will find information about what to do if you think you are pregnant; details of maternity services in and around Bury; and things to consider whilst pregnant.

What should I do if I think I’m pregnant?

If you think you are pregnant it is important you see a healthcare professional as soon as possible. You can contact a midwife or a GP to make a free appointment.  Your midwife or GP will talk confidentially with you about the pregnancy, and will discuss your choices for screening and pregnancy care.

You should receive your first antenatal appointment within two weeks of informing your GP or midwife that you are pregnant. If you don’t, please make sure you phone your GP or midwife.

The first 12 weeks of your pregnancy are the most important time of your baby’s development. The earlier you are seen by a doctor or midwife, the sooner they can check everything is well with you and your baby. If you have an existing health problem (for example, diabetes, epilepsy or a mental health issue) or if you have previously experienced complications with pregnancy, it is even more important that you make an appointment.

Maternity services for Bury
Bury Children's Centres offer many useful services for you and your family to access locally. The services range from Midwives to fun Play and Stay sessions.

You can also get more information from:

  • Bury Children's Centres
  • Your GP surgery
  • Local maternity units
  • The National Childbirth Trust (NCT), which can put you in touch with local mothers

In Bury, women can go to the following hospital services to give birth:

Women choosing to give birth at home will be supported by midwives where appropriate. To view the hospital websites, and for more information about their maternity services, please click on the links above.

Requests for referrals to providers outside of our main contracted providers will be considered on a case by case basis. 

You and your baby's health

During pregnancy, it is important to consider the below to make sure your baby is happy and healthy.

  • ·         Smoking - the health and growth of your baby can be affected if you smoke. If you are pregnant, you are strongly advised to stop completely
  • ·         Drinking alcohol -  the best advice is to avoid drinking alcohol when you are pregnant
  • ·         Drugs - all drugs can harm your baby. Tell your GP or midwife as soon as possible about any drugs you are taking, including over the counter or prescribed medications

For more information, videos and useful tools see the NHS Choices website.

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