Your antenatal care (during your pregnancy) will usually be provided by a community midwife in either your GP surgery or a local children's centre.

Some appointments will be scheduled in for antenatal clinic at the hospital (Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital, Burnley General Teaching Hospital or Rossendale health centre). In addition to the routine two scans shown below, it may be indicated that you also need to see a specialist Doctor (obstetrician, combined speciality clinic, dietician), specialist midwife (screening, mental health, enhanced care) or attend for extra scans (placenta clinic, rainbow clinic, growth scans, fetal medicine).

The guideline for scheduled appointments below is in accordance with the NICE guidelines (Antenatal Care 2008, updated 2019), but can be personalised depending on the individual circumstances:

Primiparous (first baby)
Multiparous (2nd or subsequent baby)

Booking appt (<10/40wks) Dating scan (12wks)

16wks

Anomaly scan (20wks) 25wks

28wks 31wks 34wks 36wks 38wks 40wks 41wks

42wks (Induction will be offered at this point)

Booking appt (<10/40wks) Dating scan (12wks)

16wks

Anomaly scan (20wks) 28wks

34wks 36wks 38wks 41wks

42wks (Induction will be offered at this point)

                                                                                                                                                 

When you first find out you are pregnant it can feel overwhelming; this is usually after your first missed period and having a positive pregnancy test. You will need to ring your GP to inform them, and they can advise on how you are to arrange your ‘booking appointment’ with a midwife.

Ideally, this should be between 8-10wks pregnant (earlier if you have any pre-existing medical conditions).

If there is a midwife clinic within your GP surgery, you will be offered an appointment there; if not, you will be advised to ring the booking line on 01282 804512 (Mon-Fri 9-12pm)who will then book you an appointment at a local children's centre midwife clinic instead.

The community midwife team for Burnley, Rossendale and Pendle are based at Burnley birth centre. Should you have any questions, there is someone to take your call on the birth centre 24hrs a day, 7days a week.