Having a baby is an exciting time. But it can also be a little daunting, particularly if it’s your first child. If you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, you may find it helpful to understand what maternity care looks like in Oldham.
NHS Maternity care is provided by midwives, doctors and consultants, and is tailored to yours and your baby’s needs during pregnancy. You will have appointments with a midwife who will guide you throughout pregnancy and after birth.
You have the option to choose where you receive care, such as at home, a birth centre (separate or attached to a hospital), or an obstetric unit. If you have additional needs, you may be referred to an obstetrician. It’s your choice whether to accept or decline tests, vaccines, treatments, or appointments. Private care outside the NHS is also an option.
At Family Hubs, you can see your midwife, take part in parenting classes or get information that can help you prepare for being a new parenthood, such as breastfeeding support.
Your first appointment is a ‘booking’ appointment where all your details and medical history are noted, plus anything that could affect your pregnancy or your baby. These appointments are usually around 10 weeks. You can book over the phone by contacting the Community Midwife Team on 0161 652 5811, and you can now self-refer for your first midwife appointment online
We also have lots of information to help you understand your pregnancy and overcome any challenges: