If you’re pregnant and want to continue with the pregnancy, you should contact the booking bureau to commence your antenatal care. Your first appointment (pre-booking) should be 8-10 weeks.
This first appointment can now be done from the comfort of your home via telephone or by using Near me – the NHS virtual consultation service.
In order to arrange a pre-booking appointment, use the contact details below:
Available: Mon – Fri, 8.15am – 12.30pm
Phone: 01324 567146
Ask for a booking appointment with the midwife.
You will be asked to provide some information to allow us to create your maternity notes. It is important that you are able to give an accurate date of the first day of your last period.
Preparing for your appointment
During the pre-booking appointment your midwife will take your medical, social and pregnancy history and make a plan for your antenatal care. There are also some routine blood tests that we take at this appointment.
More information can be found in the leaflet You’re pregnant! Scans and tests.
It is useful for you to have an accurate date for the first date of your last period- if you were unable to give this when you contacted the booking bureau the midwife will review your menstrual history with you. This is important to ensure we can arrange your scan for the correct dates to allow screening in pregnancy and to obtain the estimated due date for your baby.
We will also ask about close family medical history to allow us to identify any additional plans of care you may require.
The Midwife will then organise a further appointment for your first scan which will confirm your due date; this scan usually takes place between 11-13 weeks.
For further information about the care you will receive during your pregnancy, please see the Antenatal page.
Termination of pregnancy
If you are thinking about having an abortion (termination of pregnancy), you can self refer to Forth Valley Termination of Pregnancy Service.
Contact the Service by calling 01324 673555, Monday to Friday, between 8am – 5pm. It is also possible to be referred by your GP.
- An abortion is the medical process of ending a pregnancy so it doesn’t result in the birth of a baby.
- It is also known as a termination.
- The pregnancy is ended either by taking medications or having a minor surgical procedure.
- One in three women will have an abortion in their lifetime.
When you attend the clinic the nurses and doctors will through the options with you. This includes discussing the long term implications, both physical and emotional, and considering practical matters such as what method of contraception you will use in the future. This may require you to attend 2 separate appointments.
If a termination is considered the best option for you, a hospital appointment will be confirmed and you will be given the details before you leave the clinic
If it is not possible to obtain an abortion under the NHS you can also pay for the service privately if you prefer. Costs for private abortions vary depending on the stage of pregnancy and the method used to carry out the procedure. Arrangements can be made through the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) or private clinics.
If you have self referred to the service, your GP will only be sent information regarding your clinic visit and admission with your consent.