Working together to maximise health for you and your baby.
You will be offered 8-10 antenatal appointments depending on your individual care needs. These are based in your community, with your team midwife. Your midwife will perform checks to ensure the health of you and your baby. It may be identified that you would benefit from attending the antenatal clinic at Forth Valley Royal, where you will also see a member of the medical team.
You will be allocated to a team depending on the area in which you live, and your GP practice. This midwifery team will care for you during your pregnancy and after birth. You will make appointments to see your midwife through your GP practice. At your pre-booking appointment your midwife will have discussed useful contact details. A reminder of these numbers has been included below;
- Bluebell team – 01324 567171
- Buttercup team – 01324 566005
- Holly Team – 01324 567122
- Poppy Team – 01324 567174
- Thistle Team – 01324 567100
- Tulip Team – 01324 567173
- Rose Team – 01324 567172
Please be aware that the team phones are not manned at all times, but messages are checked at least twice a day. If your call has not been returned within 24 hours, please try again.
If you require more urgent advice, please contact maternity triage on 01324 567098.
From birth to starting school every child and family is offered a programme of support, guidance and regular developmental reviews by your named health visitor.
Your health visitor will contact you when you are about 32-34 weeks pregnant to offer you an antenatal home visit. At that time your health visitor will offer you information about the service that they provide to every child and family through the new universal health visiting pathway.
Find more details about the role of the Health Visitor in the postnatal section of this website.
Getting To Know Your Baby
We know that actively developing a relationship with your growing baby during your pregnancy can have positive benefits for you as a family. This can include talking to your baby, stroking your bump or playing music for your baby. During this time, you can get to know the normal pattern of your baby’s movements. You can encourage other close family members to do the same. UNICEF has developed a leaflet which goes over this in more detail.
NHS Forth Valley has also developed “Songs for Someone New”, which blends the stories and voices of local mums and dads to create specially commissioned songs inspired by their experiences. The collection of three songs can be downloaded and played or sung to your baby before or after birth.
Many women begin to feel their baby move from 16 weeks. With your first baby it may not be until after 20 weeks. It is important to be aware of your baby’s movements and to become aware of your baby’s movement pattern. Feeling your baby move gives you reassurance of his or her wellbeing.
If you notice your baby is moving less than usual or if you have noticed a change in the pattern of movements, it may be the first sign that your baby is unwell and therefore it is essential that you contact Maternity triage for assessment on 01324 567098.
Protecting You and Your Baby From Infection
Pregnant women have been found to have an increased risk of developing a serious infection called group A Streptococcus. This bacteria is normally harmless and commonly found in the throat and on the skin. Group A strep infections can be prevented by washing hands thoroughly with soap and warm water. Information on good hand hygiene has been included below.
During your pregnancy, your midwife will advise you on which immunisations are recommended. Between October and March we would strongly advise you to have the flu vaccination. Further information can be found in the leaflet below.
We would also strongly advise you to have the whooping cough vaccination from 16 weeks gestation, and ideally before 32 weeks to ensure the best protection for your baby.
Group B Strep is a common bacteria which can cause your baby to become unwell. Many women carry the bacteria in their body without having any symptoms. Not all babies who come into contact with the bacteria will become unwell. If during your pregnancy, testing finds the presence of group B strep, antibiotics would be offered to treat the infection both during pregnancy and in labour. We advise you remain in hospital for twelve hours after birth to allow staff to monitor your baby for signs of infection.
Throughout your pregnancy, your midwife will provide encouragement, information and support to help you create your unique pregnancy plan, which covers your pregnancy, labour and the postnatal period. An important part of that planning is creating a plan for the birth of your baby. A birth plan is a way for you to discuss and document your individual preferences for labour and birth. It can be helpful to involve your birth partner or supporter when writing your birth plan. Your plans may change as your pregnancy progresses, this may be due to a change in your preferences or related to the wellbeing of you and your baby.
In your maternity notes you will also find a handy list of what we would advise you to bring in your hospital bag.
Please note we do not stock all brands of formula milk. If you require more information speak to your midwife.
Pregnancy can be an emotional time. If you already suffer from a mood disorder, or mental health condition, you may be worried about the effects the pregnancy may have. Some women who have never experienced mood disorders before may find the changes that occur during pregnancy can have an effect on their mental health. Your midwife and GP are here to support you in any way they can during your pregnancy, so it is important to let them know of any concerns you may have.
Mind the Bump is a free and helpful resource for anyone during pregnancy. Using mindfulness techniques, the app helps parents to be mentally and emotionally prepared for the arrival of their baby.
Women who have already been diagnosed with a mental illness or who have been identified as having an increased risk of developing a mental illness during pregnancy, or in the post natal period, will be offered a referral to a specialised team of nurses and doctors. The information below gives an overview of care and treatment available in Scotland for women during pregnancy.
Find out more at Tommys.org.
What is BMI?
During pre-booking your midwife will calculate your BMI, using your height and weight. If your BMI is under 18 or over 30 this means you may be at increased risk of developing pregnancy complications. The sections below discuss this in more detail.
All babies born in Scotland are eligible to receive a baby box. Please discuss with your midwife if you would like to apply for one.
Find out more about baby boxes from Parentclub.scot.
If you have concerns about your pregnancy or post natal period Maternity Triage is always available for advice. Triage can be contacted 24 hours a day on 01324 567098.
Some baby’s may arrive early for lots of different reasons, on occasion due to your baby’s specific care needs we may need to transfer your baby to an alternative hospital. This might be before or after the baby is born. If your baby is showing signs of an early arrival we will work with you to create a plan of care that supports both you and your baby.