Antenatal care is the care and help you receive from health professionals during the course of your pregnancy. It is important you take good care of your own health and that of your unborn baby during pregnancy.
As soon as you find out you are pregnant, you should either get in touch with us to find out more information on the services and support that are available to you. Alternatively you can self-refer to the Princess Royal University Hospital using the online form here or telephone 01689 863800 or for Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust using the online form here
Some newborn babies are released from hospital without a detailed examination. If this is the case, our GPs are happy to perform the relevant checks.
In most cases, the Practice will contact new mums to arrange for this to happen, on rare occasions where we are unaware of the birth, please feel free to give us a call and arrange an appointment or visit.
These are carried out routinely at the same time as your baby’s 8 week check. Your baby will also need their first vaccinations at this time and we try to arrange the appointments together for you. If you would prefer to be seen alone for your Postnatal check please inform our Receptionists. The postnatal time can be a very challenging one whether it is your first baby or if you already have children. The health visiting team can provide support. Our Practice is covered by both the Bromley and Sevenoaks health visiting teams and your allocation is dependant upon which council tax area your property is in. Links to both health visiting teams can be found here:
The health visiting teams can direct you to local breast feeding support.
As being a new parent can be very difficult emotionally, additional support is available. You can self-refer to the local counselling service: Talk together Bromley.
You can also talk to your health visitor or GP.
There is a very good service called Mindful Mums available to our patients which many patients have used and found very helpful. You can self-refer to this service: Mindful Mums
Bromley Children project provide support for parents and they recommend accessing their Facebook site for up to date information.
Their website address is Bromley Children project
- NHS Choices – Birth to 5 years old guide
- NHS – Breastfeeding Guide
- Netmums – Information and support
If you are planning to have a baby or you need to know more information about how to look after yourself and your unborn baby, please book an appointment with your GP.
We can provide you with all the information you need to know to have a happy and healthy pregnancy.