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Recommended reading before meeting your midwife for the first time
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 in our region.
Your personalised care plan
The care and support you receive throughout your pregnancy, labour and after birth should be personalised to meet your needs and the needs of your baby and family.
This is your personal care plan which aims to help steer you through this journey and can be adapted at any stage.
This has been developed with some of our lovely mums from Maternity Voices, which is our mums group and through national guidance.
Take a look and let us know what you think.
Download your personal care plan here:
You will be given the option to purchase a scan photograph of your baby. Photographs are £5 each or £10 for three. The machine will accept all denominations of cash and will also accept contactless pay and apple iPay etc.
Our obstetrics and gynaecology ultrasound team have more information about what you can expect at your scans.
NHS Fetal Anomaly Screening Programme (FASP)
Your baby’s movements
Your baby will have their own pattern of movements that you will get to know, and there is no set number of normal movements. From 16-24 weeks on you should feel the baby move more and more up until 32 weeks then stay roughly the same until you give birth.
The #movementsmatter campaign challenges dangerous myths about baby movement during pregnancy, and gives mums-to-be the facts about what to do when they experience reduced fetal movements.
Your Pregnancy, your choice: Barnsley Maternity Service
A useful guide of DOs and DON’Ts from the Maternity Team at Barnsley hospital
Smoking In Pregnancy
When a mother-to-be smokes her baby may not grow healthily. Smoking in pregnancy increases the chances of miscarriage, baby being born prematurely, sudden infant death and other health complications. Women who smoke are more likely to have life-threatening complications during pregnancy and labour than non-smokers.
All pregnant women regardless of whether they smoke or not will be offered Carbon Monoxide (CO) testing at every antenatal appointment as part of their routine care. Smokers and women who have high CO readings are offered a referral to the Barnsley Maternity Stop Smoking Team. Women are encouraged to refer themselves if they wish, consenting partners and/or family members will be supported as well.
The service offers free Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) and behavioural support therapy delivered by the Specialist-trained Barnsley Maternity Stop Smoking Team. Contact our Barnsley Maternity Stop Smoking Team today Tel: 01226 432193 9am-5pm 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).
- Anaemia in pregnancy – advice for taking oral iron:
Women should be given advice on how to take oral iron supplements correctly. Ideally Iron supplements should be taken on an empty stomach, 1 hour before meals with a source of vitamin C to maximise absorption. Dairy, other medications or antacids should not be taken at the same time. However gastrointestinal toxicity (nausea and epigastric discomfort, constipation, diarrhoea) affects 35-59% of women and can lead to non-compliance with treatment. Therefore, in order to increase compliance with treatment women are advised to take oral iron with food.
- 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
Barnsley IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies)
- You can self – refer to IAPT Visit their website
- Managing Mental Wellbeing During Pregnancy Workshops
Best Beginnings is a website to engage, equip, educate and empower parents, from conception. Visit their website
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 hereIf 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!
- Pelvic Floor Muscle Exercises
- Exercise and Advice After Pregnancy
- Pregnancy Related Pelvic Girdle Pain For mothers to be and new mothers
- Pelvic girdle pain and pregnancy
Pelvic floor funtion and exercise
Back care in pregnancy
Abdominal muscle care
Other useful information
- You’d do anything to protect your family – free home safety check
- Healthy child programme– step-by-step care pathway
What is the Our Chance campaign
Abbey Clancy talks about the new Our Chance safer pregnancy campaign.
Our ChanceBaby Buddy Appfor smartphones
- 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
- Chicken Pox 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.
We are situated on the ground floor of women’s services, to the right of reception.
Your mental health
Your mental health
Sometimes we are reluctant to talk honestly about our experiences throughout the pregnancy and after baby is born – just remember you are not alone.
If you need information and resources about how to access services and treatment that can help improve your mental health contact our Mental Wellbeing Midwife:
07779445162 Monday – Thursday between 9.30 – 4pm.
Please send a text with your name and date of birth if your call is not answered. If your call is urgent please ring NHS111, your GP or the 24 hour Mental Health Helpline on 0800 183 0558.
If you are a professional referring please follow your organisations pathway for referral to Mental Health services.
Information from Royal College of Psychiatrist.
Your mental health in pregnancy
- This website has information for any woman
- who has a mental health problem and wants to have a baby
- who has had a mental health problem in the past and wants to have a baby
- who is planning a first pregnancy, or who already has children and wants to get pregnant again
Barnsley IAPT ( Improving Access to Psychological Therapies)
You can self – refer to IAPT
A website to engage, equip, educate and empower parents, from conception
South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Perinatal Mental Health Team have lots of information about mental health in pregnancy
Follow our Facebook page:
Subscribe to our perinatal service YouTube Channel:
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
Accessibility & Travel Information
Click here for accessibility information and directions for visiting the Antenatal Clinic. This page also includes printable guides for your convenience.
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
- Complex pregnancies.
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
- Sickle cell and thalassemia
- Downs syndrome, Edwards and Patau 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).
Screening tests for you and your baby
You can watch this video with captions on the NHS Choices Screening Tests for Your Baby page.
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.
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.
A national NHS webpage which can also provide lots of useful information can be accessed via www.nhs.uk/parents
There’s more information on the Maternity Ultrasound service page.
Antenatal Day Unit
The Antenatal Day Unit (ANDU) is a midwife led assessment area located on the ground floor of women’s services next to the ultrasound department. If you require additional monitoring during your pregnancy that does not need you to stay in hospital it may take place in ANDU.
Our Opening times are:
Monday to Friday 8am to 7.30pm
Telephone: 01226 432203
For any enquiries outside these hours please contact the Birthing Centre on 01226 432249
What services do we provide?
There are many reasons you may be seen in ANDU. Some examples include?
- Raised blood pressure that requires closer monitoring
- An additional scan to check the position of you baby
- Pre-operative caesarean section assessment
- To monitor babies heart rate
- If you have concerns regarding your baby’s movements
- Other pregnancy related conditions that require additional monitoring
If you need to attend ANDU your midwife or consultant team will discuss this with you or if you have concerns regarding reduced fetal movements from 28 weeks onwards you can contact the department directly for advice.
Midwife Sonography Service
Our midwife sonography clinic is located within the Antenatal Day Unit. Our team will perform and review growth scans in the third trimester of pregnancy accepting referrals from all areas of the maternity department.
There’s more information on the Maternity Ultrasound service page.
Would you like to come to one of our antenatal classes?
The Maternity Unit here at Barnsley Hospital in partnership with other agencies, either hospital or community based hold a variety of preparation for birth sessions. These are available at various times and in various locations to give you a choice and to try to accommodate individual needs.
It doesn’t have to be your first baby to attend any of the sessions; everyone is welcome, including dads/birth partners.
Having a Baby Programme
Please note: This programme is delivered by midwives in partnership with other agencies who work in the Barnsley area. As most of the information is specific to the services offered in Barnsley it is not be suitable for women who do not live in Barnsley.
Our programme includes
- Baby’s development throughout pregnancy
- Keeping both you and your baby healthy in pregnancy
- What makes a good parent?
- Active Birth
- Top tips for labour
- Coping skills for labour
- Practical tips for life with a new baby including bathing, nappy changing, handling your baby
- Infant feeding
- Baby’s brain development
- Safe sleeping
- Tips for coping with a crying baby and what to expect in the early weeks
The sessions are suitable for any mum or partner-to-be and are run in community bases (family centres and local schools) by Midwives, Health Visitors, Family Centre staff and the Infant Feeding Service.
The programme is four 2 hour sessions. Session 1 in early pregnancy and sessions 3, 4 and 5 take place in late pregnancy. The information discussed in each session is appropriate for that stage of pregnancy. Sessions are held at various times including in the evening and at weekends.
If you live within the Barnsley borough and would like to book a place, email the details below to email@example.com or phone the Lundwood Children Centre and ask to speak to the ‘Having a Baby’ team on 01226 248564
We need to know:
- Your name
- Your date of birth
- Your telephone number
- Your email address (If you use this)
- Your address and postcode
- The date your baby is due
Once this information is received we will send you an invitation to the ‘Having a Baby’ programme in your area, either by return email (if used) or by post. If you have not had a reply within 2 weeks, please contact us. Early booking essential.
Active birth and top tips for labour
These sessions are provided for women and their birthing partners planning to give birth either in the Birthing Centre at Barnsley or at home.
Most women find these sessions useful from approximately 34 weeks pregnant
Here are some of the topics we cover in this session:
- What is active birth?
- Preparation and top tips for labour and birth
- Choosing a water birth
- What is a birth plan and how do I make one?
- Breathing and relaxation techniques
- How to care for your body
A tour of the Maternity Unit is also included. The Birthing Centre is a very busy area and occasionally it may not be possible for you to view.
At these sessions you also have the option of purchasing certain items which may help you with your labour and birth.
Gym ball, ensuring optimal fetal positioning £17 – £21 each (depending on size) Pump £2
Relaxation CD – Belightful Music which can be used pre and post birth (locally sourced)
If you would like to purchase any of these items (only available at your active birth session) please be aware we are only able to accept cash.
Venue: Physiotherapy Department, Ground floor (next to Accident and Emergency Entrance) Red Zone. Entrance C5 (see map below) Barnsley Hospital. Please wait in the waiting room.
Day and Time: Every Monday (excluding Bank Holidays) 5-7pm
Booking: Due to high demand and limited availability you will need to book on these sessions. Please call the Birthing Centre on 01226 432249 from 8am on the Monday you intend to attend to check availability and to reserve a place.
Tour of Maternity Unit
If the virtual tour is not for you and you would like to attend the Maternity Unit in person to familiarize yourself with the surroundings please see below.
Please be aware this is a tour only. For active birth information and discussion please join us either on the Having a Baby programme or at an active birth session.
We have tours every Monday (excluding Bank Holidays) from 7-730pm at Barnsley Hospital Birthing Centre, Women’s and Children’s Department, First floor. Please wait for the session to start on the first floor landing.
Due to high demand and limited availability you will need to book on these sessions. Please call the Birthing Centre on: 01226 432249 from 8am on the Monday you intend to attend to check availability and to reserve a place.
The Birthing Centre is a very busy area and occasionally it may not be possible for you to view.
Are you having twins or triplets? Would you like to meet other parents having more than one baby? Would you like to talk to a midwife specialising in multiple births? We have a class designed to meet your needs. Each session Includes: Labour and birth, pre-birth and special care, caesarean birth, feeding, and top tips for baby care.
To make an enquiry or book a place please contact Michelle Young on firstname.lastname@example.org
This section will provide you with information about Diabetes that develops during pregnancy, this is known as gestational diabetes.
Gestational diabetes, what happens now
How to pair your meter and phone
How to obtain a blood sample
Treatments for gestational diabetes
What happens when I have my baby?
- A guide to Gestational Diabetes
- Antenatal Harvesting and Brestfeeding
- Portion Sizes
- Healthy Eating
- Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists guide
- Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring