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Ante Natal Assessments


The Department of Health (2009) Healthy Child Programme: Pregnancy and the first five years of life, recommends an antenatal assessment of family and child needs.

Once you’ve had your pregnancy confirmed by your GP you will probably be anxious to meet your midwife. The aim will be for you to receive continuing care throughout your pregnancy from just one midwife. The reality is this will probably not happen.

Depending on how long you intend to work (if you are employed) will determine when you may wish to receive your first home visit from your independent HV. Usually this will be between 28-36 weeks of pregnancy. This first visit will last approximately 1 hour during which you will be asked to share some personal and medical details relating to yourself and partner. Potential areas of discussion will include:

  • How you may want to feed your baby and the possible impact of your feeding choice may have on you and your baby’s health and wellbeing.
  • The opportunity for you and your partner to discuss any anxieties or concerns you may have relating to your pregnancy, birth and early days of parenthood.

This visit also gives you and your partner a chance to get to know your HV prior to your baby being born. The cost of this assessment visit will also include any telephone calls and emails for the duration of the pregnancy.

If you prefer, this visit can be arranged in your home or venue of your choice as a group (max 6 couples).