Maternity care

Antenatal care

If you are pregnant, your doctor would like to see you early in the pregnancy. After the first appointment with your doctor a midwife employed by Royal Hampshire County Hospital will plan and organise your antenatal care. The midwives run antenatal clinics from Friarsgate and Badger Farm surgeries and will provide individualised antenatal and postnatal care. They also offer a home birth service.

Postnatal care

This should be arranged with your doctor for approximately six weeks after the baby is born, for his or her first check and two weeks later with one of our practice nurses for baby’s first immunisations.

Whooping Cough – new campaign from the Department of Health (DOH)

As you may have seen in the media recently the Department of Health (DOH) are now recommending that all pregnant women receive a whooping cough vaccination.

The DoH have decided that due to a rapid rise in whooping cough, being vaccinated in your pregnancy can help to protect your baby, before they start their routine childhood vaccinations, as you will pass some immunity onto them.

The ideal time to have this vaccination is between weeks 28 and 32 of your pregnancy.

If you have any queries or concerns please speak to your midwife, your registered doctor or one of our practice nurse team.

Appointments are now available at the Practice so please phone the surgery to book a convenient appointment; don’t forget your flu vaccination too! Flu vaccinations are recommended if you are pregnant and can be given at any stage of pregnancy.

If you do not wish to receive the whooping cough and/or the seasonal flu vaccination please contact the practice and we will update your records.

Further information

> Whooping cough flyer
> Whooping cough leaflet

> The Department of Health website