A midwife is a health care professional who cares for you during pregnancy and for a short period afterwards. Our practice midwife is Kayleigh Salter. When you discover you are pregnant , you must self-refer to arrange an appointment with her. Please book an appointment with her around your 9th week of pregnancy
The Mum and Baby app provides extra information and support throughout pregnancy, birth and the postnatal time.
Before you are pregnant
You can improve your chance of getting pregnant and having a healthy pregnancy by
- Taking folic acid (available from the chemist) before you get pregnant and until 12 weeks.
- Taking Vitamin D (10mg) during your pregnancy and afterwards if you are breastfeeding
- Quitting smoking
- Stopping alcohol
- Maintaining a healthy weight. You can check here your BMI here
- Checking that any medication you are prescribed, or that you purchase is safe in pregnancy
- Ensuring you vaccinations are up-to date
- Ensure that your cervical screening is up-to date
- Talking to a doctor if you have a long-term condition, are overweight or have a family history of spina bifida
If your BMI is more than 30 you will need to take a higher dose of folic acid (5mg). Please contact the surgery to prescribe this.
What If I Do Not Wish to Continue With My Pregnancy?
If you're not sure about continuing with your pregnancy, you can discuss this confidentially with a healthcare professional at the surgery. Your options are:
- continuing with the pregnancy and keeping the baby
- having an abortion
- continuing with the pregnancy and having the baby adopted
As well as our GPs or a nurses , you can get advice from:
If you are over 13 years old, we won't tell your parents but we will encourage you to do so. If you're under 25 and would prefer advice specifically for young people.you can contact Brook Advice
If you have a problem you can call the maternity triage number on 01473 703334.
It is important that you seek advice if you experience any of the following symptoms
- Reduced movements
- Persisitent itching
- Visual disturbance
- Abdominal pain
The more you know about your pregnancy and your options, the more you are likely to feel in control. The information given here is based on The Pregnancy Book, which your midwife should give you at your first appointment.
It is recommended that pregnant women receive the flu vaccination to reduce the risk of complications such as pneumonia.
Whooping Cough Vaccination
It is recommended that pregnant women have the whooping cough vaccination between 16 and 32 weeks of pregnancy to protect your baby. The immunity you get from the vaccine will pass to your baby through the placenta and provide passive protection for them until they are old enough to be routinely vaccinated against whooping cough at 8 weeks old.
COVID-19 vaccines are strongly recommended in pregnancy. Vaccination is the best way to protect against the known risks of COVID-19 in pregnancy for both women and babies, including admission of the woman to intensive care and premature birth of the baby.
Support during Pregnancy
Pregnancy can be a trigger for domestic abuse, and existing abuse may get worse during pregnancy or after giving birth. Domestic abuse during pregnancy puts you and your unborn child in danger. It increases the risk of miscarriage, infection, premature birth, and injury or death to the baby.
You and Your Baby
Health visitors work with parents who have new babies, offering support and informed advice from the ante-natal period until the child starts school at 5 years.
Within Suffolk, our Health Visiting teams are integrated with our Children's Centres, providing a range of services to help you and your family stay safe, happy and healthy.
Suffolk Health Visiting and Children's Centre Service website provides information and support for you and your child
Homestart - Support after you have had your Baby
Text: 07708 032524
Home-Start is working in partnership with NHS Maternity & Neonatal Services to offer families a place to go for advice, support, and signposting about anything to do with
• your post-birth recovery
• looking after your baby in their first 6 months
• signposting to groups and sources of support
It will be manned Monday - Friday 10am -2pm.
Text your question and a member of the team will contact you.
If you think a child or young person is at risk of abuse, harm or neglect please call 0808 800 4005.
This is a 24-hour service staffed by a team of professional people who will listen to your concerns and take appropriate actions.