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Accessing a Midwife

If you've just found out that you're pregnant, get the best start for you and your baby by making an appointment with a midwife.

Contact your GP who will refer you to your local community midwifery team, alternatively, you can contact a midwife directly through the NHS maternity pages and they will help you book your first appointment. Community Midwife Team contact details can be found at the following link:

Your first midwife appointment (also called the booking appointment) should happen before you're 10 weeks pregnant. This is because you'll be offered some tests that should be done before 10 weeks.

If you're more than 10 weeks pregnant and have not seen a GP or midwife, contact a GP or midwife as soon as possible. You'll still have your first midwife appointment and start your NHS pregnancy journey.

For details of what to expect at your first Midwife appointment visit the NHS website:

You will also find information about:

  • Due date calculator
  • Finding out you're pregnant
  • Your NHS pregnancy journey
  • Health things you should know in pregnancy
  • Your pregnancy to-do list
  • Maternity and paternity benefits and leave
  • Pregnant with twins

Concerns about your pregnancy

If you have any concerns during your pregnancy or after baby arrives, the Maternity Advice Line is: free to call, open 24 hours a day and is manned by one of our friendly Midwives:  0115 9709777.  If you are deaf or hard of hearing, there is a service called "Relay UK" which can support. You can find more information here:

The Maternity Triage

If you are unsure whether you should attend triage, please phone our new maternity advice line for advice 0115 9709777.  If you are looking for non-urgent pregnancy related advice, please speak to your community midwife, midwife or GP.

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