Pregnant? What next?

Birth Centre

Book Your First Appointment with a Midwife

The quickest and easiest option for booking your first appointment is refer yourself online using our quick and easy form: Maternity Self-Referral

You can also contact our maternity team directly, using the call the midwife hotline.

Our call the midwife hotline number is 07787 841 986


 

As soon as you know you are pregnant, please get in touch with us to book your first appointment. This is called your 'booking appointment', and you will meet one of our friendly midwives for the first time.

Ideally you should be seen by a midwife by the time you are 10 weeks pregnant, or as early into your pregnancy as possible.

You can make your first appointment quickly and easily using any of the options below and there is no need to see your GP before getting in touch with us.

You can also download our pregnancy information booklet by following the link below. This booklet is full of information and advice about your pregnancy:

Pregnancy_book_v1.3_Jan_2018.pdf


Other Ways to Make Your First Appointment

There are lots of other ways to make your first appointment and we are very happy for you to choose the option that is most convenient for you:

  • You can ask your GP to refer you to us
  • You can visit the antenatal clinic at any of our three hospitals sites (Lewisham Hospital, Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Queen Mary's Hospital) and complete an appointment form (Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm)
  • You can contact your local Children’s Centre, who can inform you of the midwifery services that are available in your area


Take a Tour of Our Facilities and Find Out More

If you would like to have a tour of our facilities, ask our midwives any questions you may have, and find out more about the maternity services that are available in your local borough, please come along to one of our pregnancy evenings.

These are run every month in our antenatal clinics at Lewisham Hospital and Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

You don't need to book a place, and everyone is welcome. Unfortunately we cannot accomodate small babies or children attending the hospital tours.

Pregnancy Evenings at University Hospital Lewisham

When: 1st Wednesday of every month at 7pm
Where: Antenatal Clinic at University Hospital Lewisham  (Ground Floor, Green Zone)

Pregancy Evenings at Queen Elizabeth Hospital

When: 3rd Wednesday of every month at 7pm
Where: Main Entrance at Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Antenatal Classes

We offer a full range of antenatal classes which can help to prepare for your baby's birth and learn to look after and feed your baby. They can help you to stay healthy during pregnancy, and give you confidence and information. You can learn about the different choices for labour and birth, which can help you to make your own birth plan. You will be able to discuss your plans and worries with our midwives and other parents. Classes are a good way to make friends with other parents who are expecting babies around the same time as you. These friendships often help parents through the first few months with a baby. We offer a package of three antenatal classes at Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust, included as part of your maternity care. These are provided by your local community midwives. Please speak to your community midwife about booking onto these.

We also offer a new brand of independent antenatal courses for women and their partners called Noobies. Midwives from Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust teach these independent courses which offer a good opportunity for continuity of care. The courses are run in small groups, in your local area so are ideal to provide you with a support network with other parents to be. For more information and to book onto a course today please visit www.noobies.co.uk


Information About Future Appointments

If you would like more information about the appointments you will have later on in your pregnancy, please see the antenatal care section.