Antenatal and Midwifery Care
The Stockwood Health Centre GPs share maternity care with the midwifery team.
Your team of Midwives and Midwifery Support Workers (MSW) are:
- Tracey-Dawn White Midewife
- Bernie Prettejohn Midwife
- Ellie Corlett Midwife
- Gaynor Milkins MSW
Tours of St Michaels Hospital for expectant parents on Sunday Afternoon 14:00 or 15:00 and Wednesday evening at 19:00. [CANCELLED DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC]
If you are having your first baby and would like to look around the hospital, please book a place on the tour, by calling one of the numbers below:
- 01173425241 or 01173425758 lines open (10:00 – 12:00 Mon – Fri).
The tours are run by a group of volunteers who have been trained to undertake this role. The volunteers have no clinical midwifery knowledge and will be unable to answer questions related to clinical midwifery care.
- You need to book a place to allow us to comply with Health and Safety procedures
- Please do not just turn up as we will have to turn you away
- Please do not attend a tour if you or your partners are unwell, have flu like symptoms or have been in contact with anyone who has a communicable infection
- There may be times, due to the prevention of infection, that tours may be cancelled.
The midwives and MSWs are all based at South Bristol Community Hospital so if you need to speak to them please contact them on 0117 3429841. They have an answer machine so please feel free to leave your name and a message and for non-urgent calls they will reply within 48 hours. Of course if your call is more urgent they will respond the same day or you can contact your GP for advice.
Bernie is the nominated Midwife covering Stockwood Health Centre.
They run antenatal clinics on a Wednesday morning however they are flexible and will make appointments to suit you should this time be inconvenient.
If you have a smart phone please download 'My Pregnancy@St Michael's' app' or alternatively call the midwives for a pack of leaflets, including 'Screening tests for you and your baby' and 'Off to the best start'.
Visit the app store and search for 'St Michael's pregnancy' and read the leaflets in: routine information - Booking
They also offer ‘Preparation for Parenthood' classes which are currently held in Burnbush Children’s centre. They discuss all aspects of labour, how your birth partner can support you; when to recognise labour and when to go to hospital; pain relief and what is available to you; the postnatal period and bringing your baby home. They hope to answer any questions you may have so you feel more prepared for your birth experience.
They like to see you for your first appointment before you are 10 weeks pregnant so please contact them when you find out you are pregnant and they can plan ahead and arrange your ‘booking appointment’ and your dating scan appointment. As a general rule they will see you at:
Ultra sound scan to date your pregnancy at your hospital of choice
Ultra sound scan at the hospital of your choice
Midwife appointment (if this is your first baby)
Midwife appointment (if this is your first baby)
41 weeks +3 days
Appointment with your hospital of choice to discuss induction of labour
The booking appointment can last for up to an hour and a half, in this time we gather information about your health, the health of your partner and close family members. At this appointment we will also require you to bring along a urine sample and carry out routine blood tests, blood pressure check and measure height and weight.
It is a good idea to write down any questions you may want to ask before coming to meet us.
Tiredness and sickness are common in early pregnancy, try to eat little and often and drink plenty of water. If you feel tired, listen to your body and rest when necessary. Nausea and sickness usually subside after the first 12 - 16 weeks. It is important to take folic acid as soon as you find out that you are pregnant, this helps with healthy development and growth. To access further information on eating, drinking and keeping well in pregnancy go to 'NHS Choices' at www.nhs.uk.
When you have delivered your baby and come home they will visit you to offer you and your family guidance, support and advice about caring for yourself and your new baby; feeding your baby; how you feel about your birth experience and how you feel in general.
If you require further information on pregnancy and childbirth please visit www.nctpregnancyandbabycare.com
You are invited to attend the antenatal sessions where the midwife team will discuss:
- How to recognise labour and what to expect;
- Pain relief for labour and how to help yourself;
- Your partner’s role to support you in labour;
- The postnatal period and what to expect;
- Feeding your new baby;
And anything else you would like to know
There are also Physiotherapy antenatal classes held throughout the Community and your Midwife can give you details of these.