Preparing for baby
A FREE 3 week course, presented by Midwives, Family Support Service and Health Visitors covering everything new parents need to prepare for labour and parenthood. Places must be booked online at: https://bit.ly/31EVNGn
These should be booked by patients by week 25 of a pregnancy.
A Midwife clinic is held at Parsonage Surgery on Tuesday afternoons and offers antenatal / postnatal care to our patients. Appointments should be booked with the Midwife & not the GP.
Our staff can book appointments with the midwife from 8 weeks of pregnancy however, prior to calling us please take a look at the websites below to aid your decision as to where you wish to give birth as your initial booking appointment will need to be booked with the correct hospital midwife.
Rosie Maternity Unit (Cambridge)
Princess Alexandra Hospital (Harlow)
Telephone: 01279 827103
Location: The Princess Alexandra Hospital, Hamstel Road, Harlow, Essex, CM20 1QX
For Princess Alexander Hospital - births, patients should call 01279 655191 and ask to speak to the booking midwives alternatively you can email your details (name / date of birth / contact details) to firstname.lastname@example.org to book the initial booking appointment from 8 weeks of pregnancy.
You would then book your following appointments with the midwife based at Parsonage Surgery from 16 weeks of pregnancy.
For Rosie Hospital - Cambridge, patients should call us on 01279 827608 to book an initial booking appointment with the midwife at Parsonage from 8 weeks of pregnancy.
If you need to contact our Midwife directly, please call the Midwifery Team on 01438 284533 - based at Lister Hospital in Stevenage.
Is is safe to fly when pregnant?
It's usually safe to fly while you're pregnant and it shouldn't harm your baby if pregnancy is straightforward.
Most airlines will not let you fly after week 37 of pregnancy, or week 32 if you're pregnant with twins or more babies.
What to do before you fly?
If you're planning on travelling by plane, you should discuss it with your midwife or GP first.
Some women try to avoid travelling in the first 12-15 weeks of pregnancy, because exhaustion and nausea tend to be worse at this early stage.
Before you book your tickets, check with your airline and insurance company that they will allow you to travel while pregnant. After you get to 28 weeks, most airlines require a letter from your midwife or GP confirming:
- that you're in good health
- that you have a normal pregnancy
- the expected date of delivery
Be aware that your GP will charge you for the letter as this is non NHS work - our current charge is £30 & the letter will be ready to collect in 10 days, however if required urgently the charge will be £60. Payment will be required in advance.
Some airlines may require medical clearance if:
- your delivery date is less than 4 weeks after your departure date
- complications are expected in your delivery
This may involve your GP or midwife filling in a form, or an assessment by the airline staff - see fees charged as above.
Check with your airline, as the restrictions can vary.
Risk of blood clots when flying
Flying for longer than 4 hours (long-haul travel) increases your risk of getting blood clots (thrombosis). It's not known if this risk gets higher when you are pregnant.
Wearing correctly-fitted compression stockings will reduce your risk of blood clots and fluid being retained in your legs (oedema). You can buy these over the counter in a pharmacy.
The following things can also reduce your risk of blood clots:
- calf exercises – most airlines provide information on these
- walking around the aircraft when possible
- wearing loose, comfortable clothing
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An online tool is available for anyone planning a pregnancy and has now been updated to include specific information and advice for women with diabetes, to ensure the best possible chance of a healthy pregnancy.
Women with Type 1 and 2 diabetes have an increased risk of adverse outcomes associated with poor pregnancy preparation, when compared to women who do not have diabetes.
Working with clinicians across the region, the East of England Diabetes Clinical Network has supported Tommy’s, the pregnancy charity, to update its ‘Planning for Pregnancy’ digital tool to give women with diabetes more information and advice. This includes specific advice about the risks associated with an unplanned pregnancy for women with diabetes and what steps women can take before getting pregnant.
The updated Planning for Pregnancy tool is available on Tommy’s website at the link below, or simply by typing ‘planning for pregnancy’ into your web browser: