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Antenatal care pathways

When you first see a midwife we’ll discuss your individual care plan. Together, we'll make a care plan that takes your medical history into account.

So depending on your medical history, you'll be on a low or high risk care pathway:

  • on the low risk pathway you’ll see a midwife throughout your care
  • on the high risk pathway your named midwife, doctors, and specialist midwives work together to support you.

Low risk pathway

On the low risk pathway you’ll see a midwife throughout your care.

This includes your antenatal care and labour, and after delivery in the community.

We’ll always respond to how you’re feeling, and how your baby is doing.

So if it’s right for you and your baby, we’ll move you to the high risk pathway if we need to.

You’ll go on the high risk care pathway if we’re worried about anything that may affect your pregnancy, including any previous or current conditions or illnesses.

High risk pathway

On the high risk pathway your named midwife, doctors, and specialist midwives work together to support you.

Together, we’ll

  • monitor you and your baby during your pregnancy
  • prepare for a safe delivery
  • and ensure you both get the right care after your baby is born.

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