Your midwife will see you in either your own home or in a local clinic during your pregnancy. They will organise all your scans and blood tests for you and, if you need to see other healthcare professionals will co-ordinate your care with them.
When you go into labour, if you are planning a homebirth, your midwife will be there, providing a familiar face and a trusted professional presence during the birth. If you prefer to be in hospital or need to transfer there for any reason, she will be able to organise this quickly and efficiently.
Throughout the early days and weeks of your new baby’s life, your midwife will be able to offer consistent infant feeding advice and support as well as ensuring you are recovering well. She will also help you find coping strategies for your new family and provide access to local sources of support.
We know that having a baby is a huge event in a woman’s life and that each woman will have different needs on that journey. Our midwives like to know the women they care for so they can tailor support to suit each woman, which makes care safer and more satisfying for everyone.
Neighbourhood Midwives can only care for you if your area has commissioned us to provide care. Our services are paid for at a nationally agreed rate, which is the same as local hospitals receive. We know our model of care is liked by women, can save the NHS money and is rewarding for midwives. Help us to extend the choice of care available by telling your local commissioners that you want Neighbourhood Midwives in your area today.
"Knowing my midwife and who would be with me for labour stopped me being scared and embarrassed as she knew me and what was important to me. I was able to enjoy it without anxiety and she became part of the family".