Finding caring medical support and monitoring during pregnancy is vital. The mother must be comfortable with the physical changes taking place, but both parents are facing a period of adjustment.

The primary aim for a medical professional is to monitor mother and baby’s progress, to keep them both in good health. Early diagnosis of issues is the best way to tackle problems promptly.

Finding the right care throughout pregnancy can also guide you on important issues related to birth and motherhood, providing invaluable emotional support at every stage.

If you wish to get pregnant or you are pregnant, you are entitled to prenatal care from the NHS. However, if you also wish to get an extra care, we deliver that care in a highly personalised and caring manner, giving you ample time to talk to our qualified maternal and obstetric health nurse and to benefit from our warm support and expertise. Please contact us to discuss the advantages of private antenatal services.

First Consultation


Your first consultation with your midwife or doctor should be as early in your pregnancy as possible, to start the important monitoring process. You can also get the information you need for your First Trimester. Important tests are needed too, such as screening for sickle cell and thalassaemia within your first 10 weeks of pregnancy.

First consultation: £35

What else happens at your first antenatal appointment?

You will receive information about:

  • The way babies develop throughout pregnancy
  • Antenatal screening tests
  • Pregnancy nutrition
  • Helpful exercises, including for your pelvic floor
  • Antenatal care options
  • Initial birth plan considerations
  • Support to prepare for breastfeeding
  • Maternity benefits you can claim for.

What discussions take place at a first pregnancy consultation?

  • Your medical history, and current height, weight and BMI
  • Blood pressure and urine samples (looking for protein) will begin to be regularly tested
  • Any additional care or support needed during your pregnancy can be explored
  • Any potential risks with your job or lifestyle can be addressed
  • Pregnancy risks such as gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia can be outlined
  • You can get full information about all the tests offered during pregnancy
  • The first ultrasound scan at 8-14 weeks will provide a crucial milestone, followed by another ultrasound scan at 18-20 weeks pregnant to evaluate the development and any medical issues
  • The hormone changes and mood impact of pregnancy can be explained
  • The effect of pregnancy on pre-existing mental health issues can be explored.

This first pregnancy consultation provides all the information and support you need. So, don’t hesitate to speak in confidence, and without judgement, to our professional team. No question is ‘silly’ and any extra support required is important to us!

Follow-up antenatal Consultation

Follow-up consultation: £25

Your 16 week antenatal consultation will discuss the ultrasound anomaly scan you are offered at 18-20 weeks.

It will also involve:

  • Doing another of your regular blood pressure and urine tests
  • Chatting about and recording results of other screening tests
  • Checking if you are anaemic, so iron supplements can be recommended.

This consultation is offered if this is your first pregnancy, to address any questions or concerns you may have.

What else happens at this antenatal consultation?

  • Your midwife will measure your uterus size
  • Your blood pressure and urine will be tested.

This is another important milestone in pregnancy, when you will be offered various screening tests. Your antenatal appointment will also assess important markers such as:

  • The latest measurements for the size of your uterus
  • New blood pressure and urine tests
  • The merits of starting anti-D treatment if you are rhesus negative
  • Signs of anaemia, so iron supplements can be recommended.

Another antenatal consultation aimed at tackling the questions and concerns you may have if this is your first pregnancy, it will focus on:

  • Discussing any screening tests results since your last appointment
  • The current size of your uterus
  • New blood pressure and urine tests.

As your due date is getting closer, your 34 week antenatal consultation with your midwife focuses largely on preparations for labour and the birth. Including creating a personal pregnancy plan, that takes account of such things as your birth pain management preferences.

Also, your midwife will do the vital steps for a healthy pregnancy:

  • Looking at the screening tests since your last appointment
  • Measuring the size of your uterus
  • Carrying out blood pressure and urine tests.

Attention in your 36 week antenatal appointment shifts more to post-birth matters. You can chat to your midwife about such things as:

  • Breastfeeding or bottle feeding your baby
  • Ways to care for a newborn baby
  • Screening tests for your baby, and the importance of Vitamin K
  • Post-pregnancy health and fitness issues
  • Ways to identify and manage postnatal depression and ‘the baby blues’.

During this appointment your midwife will again:

  • Measure the size of your uterus
  • Test your blood pressure and urine.

They will also check the position of your baby.


This is when your midwife will answer questions about what happens if your pregnancy extends beyond your due date.

As usual, your midwife will also measure the size of your uterus and test your blood pressure and urine.


If this is your first pregnancy, this is another of the regular additional midwife consultations.

It will explore in more detail the options when a pregnancy extends beyond 41 weeks. You will be offered a membrane sweep, which a specialist procedure that can help start your labour. 

It will also involve:

  • Measuring the size of your uterus
  • New blood pressure and urine tests.

If you are still pregnant at 41 weeks your midwife will offer you a membrane sweep and can discuss other ways to induce labour. They will also take all the regular measurements of pregnancy, including uterus size, blood pressure and blood tests.


If your pregnancy continues into 42 weeks you can choose to have induced labour or increased monitoring for you and your baby.