Your Pregnancy - Antenatal Care

If you think you might be pregnant please get in touch with us as soon as possible so that we can start planning your maternity care together.

Please read our Covid-19 Maternity FAQs before your visit.

 
Once we have received your referral, you will receive a welcome letter via email. The care you receive from healthcare professionals during your pregnancy is called antenatal care.
 
You'll be offered a series of appointments with a midwife, or sometimes with a doctor who specialises in pregnancy and birth (an obstetrician).
 
The majority of your care will be provided by midwives in the community and you may come into the hospital if necessary. They will check that you and your baby are well, give you useful information to help you have a healthy pregnancy (including healthy eating and exercise advice) and answer any questions you may have.
 
Walk-in flu vaccination clinic 2021
 We welcome and recommend  all our pregnant service users to  have the flu vaccination this winter.

From Monday 4 October 2021 there will be a flu immunisation walk-in  clinics available at our hospital for anyone registered to have their baby with us. No appointments needed. The times and dates are as follows:
 
  • Monday:  9am - 12 midday
  • Tuesday: 1- 4pm
  • Wednesday: 9am - 12 midday
  • Thursday: 9am - 12 midday
  • Friday: 9am - 12 midday
Please go to Level 5 Kenwood Wing and follow the signs to  Semple Ward. Our team at Labour Ward reception will be able to help you when you arrive.
 
Please note that there are no walk-in flu vaccination clinics at our hospital on the following days:
 
  • Monday 25 October
  • Friday 29 October
  • Monday 01 November
  • Tuesday 02 November
  • Friday 05 November
  • Friday 03 December
  • Friday 24 December
You can also book an appointment to have your flu vaccine. If you would prefer this, or you were planning to visit on one of the days our clinic isn't running, please speak to your midwife.
 

Whooping Cough vaccination clinic

During flu season, we are also offering a whooping cough vaccination clinic. If you are registered to have your baby with us, please speak to your midwife about having this vaccine. You do not need to book an appointment during flu season but we would advise you to contact your midwife before your visit. Outside of flu season, this is by appointment only. You can have the whooping cough vaccine from 20 weeks of pregnancy.
 
Antenatal services
 
Our range of antenatal services, clinics and classes include:
 
  • Acupuncture
  • Antenatal ward (Murray)
  • Care of your body in pregnancy classes
  • Community midwives
  • Maternity day assessment unit
  • Obstetric medicine clinic
  • Parentcraft classes
  • Women's diagnostic unit

Specialist services

 
Our experienced obstetric consultants and specialised midwives provide excellent care for women with complicated pregnancies. We have a fetal medicine service for high-risk pregnancies, specialist clinics for women with pre-existing medical conditions, such as diabetes, a bespoke twin clinic and a service for women who have been subject to female genital mutilation.
 
Specialist antenatal clinics
  • FGM service
  • Antenatal diabetes clinic
  • Fetal medicine service
  • Safeguarding
  • Twin clinic
  • Vaginal birth after caesarean section
  • Obstetrics, weight and nutrition

Interpreting service
 
Every day we deliver around ten babies for mothers from diverse ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds. Our midwives and consultants speak many languages including Turkish, Somali, Greek and German. We also have interpreting services available for most other languages. We attract mums from Islington and Haringey as well as other London boroughs who travel to Archway to have their baby with us.
 
Pelvic Health Physiotherapy Service
The Pelvic Health Physio team work closely with the midwives to identify and provide specialist care for women experiencing or at risk of obstetric related conditions. This includes urogynaecology conditions affecting your bladder, bowel or vagina, and musculoskeletal conditions such as pelvic and back pain, diastasis of rectus abdominus and carpal tunnel syndrome. Please speak to your midwife to arrange a referral. 
 
September 2020 BCG Update
Since 2016, many London maternity wards offered BCG to all babies because the rates of TB were higher than in other parts of the country. However, the number of people with TB in London has fallen year on year for the last 8 years. Therefore, from September 2020, the BCG vaccine will no longer be available to every baby born in London. Babies who live in an area with high rates of TB or babies with parents or grandparents from a country with high rates of TB, will continue to be offered the BCG vaccine. If this applies to you, the BCG vaccine will be provided in community clinics. Please be assured that you will be contacted if this applies to you. You can find out more information about the BCG vaccine by clicking here.
 

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