Antenatal care is the care and help you receive from health professionals during the course of your pregnancy. It is important you take good care of your own health and that of your unborn baby during pregnancy.
As soon as you find out you are pregnant, you should get in touch with us to find out more information on the services and support that are available to you.
Our family planning clinics offer free, confidential advice and information about contraception and sexual health.
We provide a range of services including:
- Confidential advice about contraception
- The combined oral contraceptive pill
- The Progestogen-only pill
- Progestogen injections
- Limited supplies of free condoms
- Free emergency contraception
- Confidential advice about STIs
- Cervical screening
- Unplanned pregnancy advice
- Free pregnancy tests
- Pre-conception advice and fertility awareness information
- Fitting and checking of caps, diaphragms, and coils (intrauterine devices, or IUDs)
Please book an appointment (through reception or via our online services) with your GP to discuss any of the above in more detail.
For more information please visit the websites below:
Worrying that you’re pregnant after unprotected sex is a worrying experience, and it can feel like a real race against the clock.
What You Should Do
Contact the surgery as soon as possible. If you act quickly, emergency contraception will usually prevent pregnancy.
What We Will Do
We may arrange to see you, or be able to give you advice or a prescription over the telephone. If, for any reason, you cannot get the help or advice you need from us, you can get further advice or free contraception from:
- Any other GP who provides contraceptive services
- The Family Planning Service, [local contact number]
- The Family Planning Association Contraceptive helpline telephone 0845 310 1334 or visit their website www.fpa.org.uk
- Most local pharmacists
What Is Emergency Contraception?
Emergency contraception is a way to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex. Emergency contraception should not be used regularly or to replace your usual method of contraception. It is for emergency back-up situations only. But being realistic, no matter how diligent you usually are about protecting against pregnancy, things can go wrong, for example:
- you haven’t used contraception
- your usual method of contraception has failed
Whatever the reason, you can still get emergency contraception – but being prepared is always better. Leaflets are available in the surgery on the different types of Emergency and Regular Contraception, or book an appointment with the Practice Nurse or a GP. Most pharmacies now also offer private consultation facilities.
Remember – if you are over 16, you can buy emergency contraception (the “morning after” pill) from a local pharmacist.
Caution – Emergency contraception is not suitable for everyone.
The manufacturer of the emergency contraceptive pill ellaOne advises that it should not be used by women who:
- are allergic to any of the components of the drug
- have severe asthma that is treated with glucocorticoids (steroid) tablets
- have certain rare hereditary problems with lactose metabolism
ellaOne may not be effective in women who are taking liver enzyme-inducing medication.
Some newborn babies are released from hospital without a detailed examination. If this is the case, our GPs are happy to perform the relevant checks, either in the surgery, or in comfort of your own home, depending on which is easier for you.
In most cases, the Practice will contact new mums to arrange for this to happen, on rare occasions where we are unaware of the birth, please feel free to give us a call and arrange an appointment or visit.
Postnatal care extends for between 6-8 weeks after the birth of your baby. During this period, routine checks are carried out by the health visitor and you and your baby’s recovery is monitored.
During your postnatal care you will find out about feeding, potty training, illnesses, safety and more. You will be able to ask your health visitor questions and request advice.
- NHS Choices – Birth to 5 years old guide
- NHS – Breastfeeding Guide
- Netmums – Information and support
If you are planning to have a baby or you need to know more information about how to look after yourself and your unborn baby, please book an appointment with your GP.
We can provide you with all the information you need to know to have a happy and healthy pregnancy.