You will be asked information about your health, given information about staying healthy in pregnancy and offered information about support to stop smoking if you or anyone in your household smokes. The midwife will explain information about routine blood tests, and screening choices offered in pregnancy.
The plan of care for your pregnancy will be discussed at this appointment, this may include hospital and community venues dependant on your health and wellbeing. You can choose to have your baby at home, in our alongside birth centre or labour ward; the midwife will explain your choices to help you decide the right place for you considering both preferences and safety.
It is very important to attend for your booking appointment to ensure you have all the information required to make informed choices and know what to expect. Also it is very important for your midwife to assess your health needs in pregnancy to ensure you get the right care plan.
Bradford Teaching Hospitals use electronic patient records systems called Medway and EPR. These systems are used to record your hospital admission and maternity care. Printed copies of records from your pregnancy booking visit, midwife or hospital appointments are not routinely printed. Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is moving towards a paperless system to ensure records are accessible electronically; the maternity service has implemented this for antenatal care. Paper copies can be provided should you require them. We recommend that if you are travelling outside of the Bradford area, you obtain paper copies of your maternity records in case you require care in another hospital.