Recommended reading before meeting your midwife for the first time
- Your Personalised Care Plan – Your Pregnancy, Your Choice
- Screening tests for you and your baby
- Rh Negative Blood Group – Information re fetal DNA
- Syphilis and pregnancy
Your first appointment
This is also called your ‘Booking appointment’ and usually takes place between your 6th and 10th week of pregnancy. There are important tests that we offer before the tenth week of pregnancy so please contact your midwife early if you have not already got an appointment.
We offer booking appointments at a variety of venues.
- Tip: If you don’t see any markers on your map, please download our PDF Version.
You will be given the option to purchase a scan photograph of your baby. These will cost £2 for one photograph or £5 for three. Please ensure you have the correct change as the ticket machine will only accept £2 coins or silver.
My baby’s movements
Are you, your partner, or others in your household smoking?
Do you know the long term damage that smoking in pregnancy or the effects of second hand smoke can have?
Baby on the way, quit today – all you need to know about smoking and pregnancy.
We have a dedicated team of midwives and support staff who can offer you treatment and support to help you quit. Contact our Barnsley Maternity Stop Smoking Team today
Tel: 01226 431621/2193 9-5 Monday to Friday or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you using or considering using an e cigarette? For further information on the safety of e cigarettes view Tommys or contact our team for support.
Alcohol and drugs
Food and nutrition
- Having a healthy diet in pregnancy
- How to ensure you get lots of iron in your diet
- Healthy Start – Are you eligible?
- What vitamins do you and your baby need? Healthy Start Vitamins contain the recommended amounts of Folic Acid, Vitamin D and Vitamin C for you throughout your pregnancy and when breast feeding. You will be offered a free 2 month supply of Healthy Start Vitamins at your first appointment with your Midwife. Your midwife and the antenatal clinic at the hospital has further supplies if you are eligible for the Healthy Start scheme or you can buy them for just £1 from the antenatal clinic reception at the hospital or alternatively at some of the local Barnsley family centres (please telephone the family centre to check).
- Healthy tips and advice for pregnant women, new mums, dads-to-be, and friends and family
- Change 4 Life – eat 4 you not for 2
- Why your weight matters during pregnancy and after birth
Find out more about the local Health Referral Scheme – supported physical activity sessions
Your mental health
- Your mental health in pregnancy
- Local support for mental health
- Free local workshops for mental health
- Managing stress in pregnancy
- Mums in Mind day time – Come along and find out more about our support group.
How to look after your pelvic floor, back, and tummy muscles
41 per cent of women during pregnancy can have some form of stress incontinence (leakage of urine from the bladder when coughing, sneezing, exercising etc). Find out more about your pelvic floor here
If you need help identifying your pelvic floor muscles or you are suffering with stress incontinence before or after the birth of your baby we have specialist help available. Please discuss with your midwife and ask to be referred to our physiotherapists.
Remember pelvic floor exercises are for life not just for Christmas!
Other useful information
- You’d do anything to protect your family – free home safety check
- Healthy child programme – step-by-step care pathway
- Our Chance Baby Buddy App for smartphones. Video below.
- Looking after your teeth and gums during pregnancy
- Immunisations and rashes in pregnancy
Flu (Influenza), Whooping cough (Pertussis), and German measles (Rubella)
- Group B Streptococcus GBS infection in newborn babies
- MRSA Information for patients
- Air travel and pregnancy
What is important to you in your pregnancy?
Download a copy of your Personalised Care Plan and discuss with your midwife or doctor.