Every Thursday we hold a Maternity and Child Health Clinic we have some useful information that has been put together by one of our mums that you may useful during and after your pregnancy.
Hi there !
I am local Mum and this is my guide to the support available from Sloan Medical Centre. I am sure you will soon get to know other mums in the area too - there are lots of us !
Finding out you are pregnant
When you find out that you are pregnant, you need to make an appointment to see one of the Community Midwives at Sloan Medical Centre. You need to say that you have just found out that you are pregnant and that need an appointment with the midwife. Your first appointment is usaually when you are between 8 and 10 weeks pregnant.
This first appointment is often called a 'booking in' appointment. At the appiontment, your midwife will ask you some questions to get to know you and will give you a booklet that she will write in at each appointment (your notes). You need to bring these notes to every appointment and take them when you have appointments at Jessop Wing (the maternity hospital where most people in Sheffield have thier babies.
After this first appoimntment, you will see your midwife every few weeks normally on a Thursday. Towards the end of your pregnancy she will also come to see you at home.
Thursday is baby day!
You will notice that there are lots of mums and babies in the watiing room upstairs. This is because both the ante-natal clinic (midwife appointments ) and the baby clinic are both run on a Thursday.
When you have had your baby, one of the midwives will visit you regularly at home until you have got settled in with your new baby. After a couple of weeks, the Health Visitor will take over from the midwife. She may come to see you at home, or you may get a letter asking you to come to see the Health Visitor at Baby clinic on a Thursday morning at Sloan Medical Centre.
There is always a Health Visitor available on a Thursday morning and you can either make an appointment in advance via reception or just turn up on a Thursday and ask reception to put you on the list for the Health Visitor.
Health Visitors are great - they are there for all those questions and worries that you might have. And even if they cant tell you how to get your baby to sleep at night - they are very good at listening !
Dr Barbara Sloan
The other perosn who works in the Maternal and Child Health clinic is Dr Barbara. She looks after all the new mums and babies and will probably phone you soon after your baby is born to congratulate you !
You will get a letter after your baby is born inviting you to a check up appointment with Dr Barbara. This normally takes place when your baby is about 6 weeks old. Dr Barbara will check that you are receovering well from the birth, that your baby is also doing well and will offer you family plannig (contraception) and smear tests if needed. The letter will also tell you when your baby will have their first vaccination appointment with the Practice Nurse.