We are situated on the ground floor of women’s services, next to the ultrasound department.
Our opening times are:
- Monday to Thursday 8.30am – 5pm
- Friday 8.30am – 4pm
- Telephone 01226 432583
For enquiries outside these times please contact the Birthing Centre on 01226 432249
What services do we provide?
We see all women who have chosen to have their baby at Barnsley after they have had their first scan and at various other stages in pregnancy if required. For the majority of women most of the antenatal care after this first visit will be provided by their named community midwife in their local area.
We also facilitate clinics specializing in:
- Teenage pregnancy
- Substance misuse
- Endocrinology i.e. diabetes, thyroid disorders
- Mental Health
What will happen when you have your first appointment?
Please book in at the maternity reception where you will be directed to the scan department and offered a scan combined with early downs screening.
This scan will give you an expected date of birth for your baby. Please be aware that only a small number of babies will arrive on this date. (Please see below for further information re screening for downs syndrome).
Our staff will then direct you back to the Antenatal Clinic. Please let reception know you have had your scan and take a seat in the waiting room.
Please allow at least one hour for this appointment.
What happens next?
You will be seen by a midwife or a member of our support staff where, with your consent, you will be:
- Weighed and your height will be measured. This is to enable us to work out your Body Mass Index (BMI)
- Your blood pressure will be taken
- We will request a sample of your urine to test for infection
- You will be offered a number of routine screening tests unless these have already been discussed and obtained by your community midwife.
- Tests include:
- Blood group
- Iron level
- Hepatitis B
- Syphilis screening
- Rubella (German measles)
- Sickle cell and thalassemia (depending upon your ethnic origin)
- Downs syndrome screening
To receive more detailed information about all of these tests including the 18-20 week scan that will be offered please download the National Screening Committee ‘Screening tests for you and your baby’ booklet (PDF).
We can also listen to your baby’s heart beat if you would like us to. This can be difficult to do if early in pregnancy but usually heard quite clearly after 15 – 20 weeks of pregnancy.
You will be given a copy of your notes to keep with you and we ask that you bring them with you to every antenatal appointment either in the community or hospital. It is also a good idea to carry them wherever you go i.e. doctors, holidays etc.
Prior to leaving us you will be given the opportunity to ask any questions and discuss your ongoing care and you will be offered an appointment for your 18-21 week scan which will be sent via the post.
For further information about your care in pregnancy and your choices please discuss with us or your community midwife. You will also find that there is lots of information for you in your notes.
A national NHS webpage which can also provide lots of useful information can be accessed via www.nhs.uk/parents