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Antenatal care

Our community midwifery teams offer a full range of antenatal services, parent education, aquanatal, birthing at home and postnatal care.

You can either be referred by your GP or self-refer for maternity care. Following this the community midwife will usually be the first person you meet along your pregnancy journey. She will complete your booking appointment taking all your history and planning your personalised care pathway.

Apart from your scans – which take place at the hospital – the remainder of your antenatal care will be with either the community midwife or shared with the obstetrician at the hospital according to your needs.

Community midwife antenatal clinics are held in GP surgeries or health centres and children’s centres. Each GP has an allocated midwife to try to ensure continuity during your pregnancy and postnatal period.

The community midwifery service also provides a 24-hour on call service to support women who wish to have their baby at home.  Please speak to your community midwife to discuss this further.

There are two teams of community midwives who between them cover both West Lancashire and Sefton. They can be reached on the following numbers usually between 4 pm and 5 pm every day (you can leave a message outside these hours):

  • Ormskirk 01695 656668
  • Southport 01704 704699

Post-natal care

After your baby is born, the midwife will visit you the day after your leave hospital to check both you and your baby. The reason for and frequency of visits will be discussed with you at the first visit but please be aware that the midwife does not visit every day. She will leave contact numbers for advice 24 hours a day.