What happens at a midwife appointment?

January 24, 2017

You''ll meet your midwife for the first time at your midwife booking appointment.

This initial meeting allows your midwife to get to know you a little and gives you the chance to familiarise yourself with the process of antenatal care.

Here's what you need to know about it:

  • The appointment can last for up to an hour.
  • You'll fill out your personal details like your address, date of birth and next of kin with your midwife.
  • You'll also go through a list of questions relating to your health e.g. do you have diabetes or a history of heart disease in your family? Do you drink, and if so how much? Do you smoke?
  • The answers to your health questions will help the midwife to determine the level of antenatal care you require, for example older mums might need extra screenings or blood tests later down the line.
  • You will also be required to offer as much detail about the health history of the baby's father.
  • To figure out your estimated due date your midwife will ask you to confirm the date of your last period (don't worry too much about this. Your three month scan will provide a clearer approximation of your due date).
  • You'll also have a quick blood test and urine test.
  • Your next appointment will be booked in too before you leave.

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