Finding out you’re pregnant

Finding out you are pregnant is an exciting but sometimes frightening experience.  Our aim is to ensure that you make the right choices for yourself and we will provide guidance, support and advice along the way

I think I am pregnant – what should I do?

If your period is late and you suspect you may be pregnant then you can either buy a home pregnancy testing kit or make an appointment with your GP to provide a using sample of urine.

My test is positive – now what?

You need to set the wheels in motion to make an appointment with a midwife.  The early bird service can be accessed from as early as five weeks pregnant.  You can download a referral form to complete and return to us on alternatively you can contact your GP surgery to tell them you are pregnant and arrange your first midwife appointment. You will be sent a letter offering you an appointment within 10 working days, please read the information contained within the screening leaflet before you come to your appointment.

Your first appointment

Your first antenatal appointment will be at one of our three hospitals (Hertford County, Lister and New QEII). This is a routine booking appointment where you will be seen by a midwife.

During your first appointment we will discuss screening blood tests as well as the routine booking blood tests available at our Trust with you. Information will be provided about how to book your first scan, this is usually between 11-13 weeks of pregnancy.

Your midwife will also discuss the options available to you for having your baby during your first appointment.  Lower risk pregnancies will have regular antenatal care, which is provided by the community midwives based at GP surgeries and children’s centres.

If you are allocated consultant care, usually for a higher risk pregnancy, this will be discussed with you at the booking appointment and you will be given regular appointments to see the consultant team of doctors and a midwife.

Your appointment will include:

  • Observations, including your blood pressure, pulse and checking your urine
  • Blood tests
  • A scan being booked for you

What to bring with you

For your first appointment, please bring a pen with you as you will need to fill in some forms when you first arrive. For subsequent appointments, please bring your green pregnancy booklet with you when you come in for an appointment, scan or to have your baby. You might want to bring a book or magazine to read in case you need to wait for results or to see a doctor.

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Useful Info

At the Lister maternity unit, Bancroft suite is open 8.30am to 4.30pm (Monday to Friday)

New QEII hospital, outpatient B in the red zone on level two, 8.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday

Hertford County Hospital, clinic B opens 8.30am to 1.00pm (Tuesdays and Wednesdays only)

Contact numbers
Trust's antenatal services  
01438 286031

  • Click here to access more information in our Maternity leaflets

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