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When you find out you are pregnant
If you would like us to care for you when you are having your baby, you can let us know by completing a self-referral form.
As soon as you suspect or know you are pregnant we recommend you make an appointment with one of our experienced midwives as soon as possible - ideally before the tenth week of pregnancy.
Seeing a midwife at an early stage will ensure you are given all the information that you need right from the start to help you make the right choices for you and your baby. There are some routine screening tests that need to be carried out by the tenth week of pregnancy, so an early appointment with a midwife will enable you to discuss these tests and plan appropriately.
When you are about 10 weeks pregnant, a midwife will either call or email you to arrange a booking appointment, which usually takes place in the 10th or 11th week of pregnancy. At this appointment you will also receive details of your 12-week scan.
You will also receive an email with details of how to register for the My Own Maternity App (MOMA). The MOMA app is a great source of information for our maternity patients and those close to them. It contains general pregnancy information, a personal appointments calendar, the trust’s maternity leaflets and useful contact numbers.
During your pregnancy
During your pregnancy our midwives will look after you with regular checkups at home, in children’s centres, birth centres, community hospitals, your doctor’s surgery and even at Sainsbury’s (Margate only).
You will be offered ultrasound scans and blood tests at specific points during your pregnancy to check your health and that of your baby.
We provide other outpatient hospital services for pregnant women, including early pregnancy assessment units, blood tests, fetal medicine units, maternity day care facilities and consultant led antenatal clinics.
Towards the end of your pregnancy, you will be offered antenatal parent education classes.
Find out more about giving birth in our hospitals in our 'Delivery' section
After giving birth
Find out more about feeding your baby and how we can help you
If you have any questions please contact the Maternity team on the number below.