Pregnancy and Baby Clinic

Taking Care of You and Your Baby

There's lots to remember when you become pregnant or give birth. We've written a guide to help you manage the health of you and your baby and explain the baby clinic immunisation process

 

Pregnancy

To book an appointment with the midwife please telephone 0161 276 6246 

       

Included is some information about pregnancy and keeping healthy throughout it. Please note some of the information may not be relevant to you.

                                                     

SMOKING

We strongly advise for pregnant woman to stop smoking immediately. Smoking while pregnant can seriously affect your unborn baby’s health as it restricts the essential oxygen supply your baby needs. More information can be found at:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/smoking-pregnant/


SMOKING CESSATION

If you would like advice on how to stop smoking you can access the following links: 

https://www.online-consult.co.uk/org/cornbrook-medical-practice/topic/624

https://secure.manchester.gov.uk/info/500287/healthy_lifestyles/7955/be_smoke_free_manchester

Or alternatively call the NHS Smokefree helpline on 0300 123 1044 from 9am to 8pm Monday to Friday, and 11am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday.


DENTAL ADVICE

During pregnancy some women may notice that they get swollen or sore gums, which may bleed due a build-up of plaque. This may lead to pregnancy gingivitis or gum disease. For more information, please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/teeth-and-gums-pregnant/


We recommend all pregnant women are registered at a dentist: you can find your local dentist by visiting this website: https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/find-a-dentist


Dental care is free during pregnancy and until 1 year after your due date. To get free dental care, you need to apply for a maternity exemption certificate (MatEx). If you would like further information on this or to gain a form; please contact reception.


DIET ADVICE

Having a healthy diet during pregnancy is especially important as it will help your baby develop and grow. A well balanced diet of fruit and vegetables, starchy foods (carbohydrates), protein and low-fat dairy (or unsweetened alternatives) is needed in pregnancy.


More information can be found, by visiting: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/healthy-pregnancy-diet/

The best way to get vitamins and minerals is from your diet, but when pregnant you need to take folic acid supplements as well. More information can be found at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/vitamins-minerals-supplements-pregnant/


You may qualify for the Healthy Start scheme, which provides vouchers to pregnant women and their families. These vouchers can be used to buy milk, plain fresh or frozen fruit or vegetables. For more information or to apply for the Healthy Start scheme:


ALCOHOL ADVICE

We strongly advice for pregnant women not to consume alcohol while they are pregnant; alcohol passes from your blood through the placenta and to your baby. This can affect your baby’s liver; as it only matures later in your pregnancy, and has a serious effect on their development.


For more information, please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/alcohol-medicines-drugs-pregnant/


If you have difficulty cutting down what you drink, talk to your midwife, health visitor, doctor or pharmacist.


Confidential help and support is also available from local counselling services:

MENTAL HEALTH AND PREGNANCY 

We ask all newly pregnant women and new mothers to complete an Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale, this is a common tool used to see how you are feeling.


https://www.online-consult.co.uk/org/cornbrook-medical-practice/topic/925


Please take time to complete this so we can provide the best care for you during your pregnancy.


It is common for women to experience mental ill health for the first time in pregnancy. It is also common if women who have previously suffered with mental ill health to experience it again during pregnancy or in the year after your baby’s birth. Please take time out to read the information: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/mental-health-problems-pregnant/


SEXUAL HEALTH SCREEN

We also offer full sexual health screens at the surgery. If you require any more information, access the following link: https://www.boundarymedicalpractice.co.uk/sexual-health 

WHOOPING COUGH VACCINE

Whooping cough (pertussis) rates have risen sharply in recent years and babies who are too young to start their vaccinations are at greatest risk. Pregnant women can help protect their babies by getting vaccinated – ideally from 16 weeks up to 32 weeks pregnant. If for any reason you miss having the vaccine, you can still have it up until you go into labour. More information can be found: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/whooping-cough-vaccination-pregnant/

If you feel any of the above is relevant and you would like further information or support please contact the surgery and speak to a nurse or GP, or contact your midwife. 

Click here for the NHS advice page on Trying to get pregnant

 

Infants and New Baby Advice

**Please note from the 01.03.2021 - Baby Clinic is no longer a walk in clinic. If your child is due for any childhood vaccinations, we will contact you to book this appointment in**



Below is some information about our services and our baby clinic. In addition we have included some information you might find useful. Please note some of the information may not be relevant to you.


REGISTERING YOUR BABY

We have already started the process of registering your baby at our practice. One of our admin team will be in touch to find out what you have named your child so we can update our records. If you have not been contacted, please contact the surgery yourself. If you have moved address recently, you can let us know but visiting: https://www.online-consult.co.uk/org/cornbrook-medical-practice/topic/1425


If you do not wish for your child to be registered at the practice please let us know as soon as possible.


POSTNATAL CHECK UP

You will need a six week postnatal check-up for yourself after giving birth. For more information: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/postnatal-check/ 

This check requires an appointment with the nurse. One of our admin team will book this appointment on your behalf and inform you. If you are unable to attend, please contact the surgery to rearrange this appointment. If you have not been contacted, please contact the surgery yourself. 

You may also need contraceptive advice (to stop you getting pregnant before you are ready).  This can be discussed at your postnatal check up. More information can be found by accessing the following links: 

https://www.boundarymedicalpractice.co.uk/contraception

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/contraception/

POSTNATAL SMEAR

Sometimes, after giving birth, it is recommended by the hospital for you to book in for a postnatal smear. If you have been advised to do so, please contact the surgery and book an appointment with one of our practice nurses. If you have not been contacted, please contact the surgery yourself. 

For more information, please visit: https://www.boundarymedicalpractice.co.uk/smear-clinic



VACCINATIONS AND CHECKS

Your baby will be invited for the following vaccinations: 

When your child is due for these vaccinations. we will contact you and arrange an appointment. This clinic is for pre booked appointments only. 

Our baby clinic is on every Thursday and is at our City Road site (204 City Road, Hulme, M15 4EA)


When your baby is eight weeks old, they need to attend to see both the GP and the practice nurse for a development check and start the vaccination programme. These appointments are in the morning so we can ensure there is a GP available.

Other vaccinations appointments will mostly be in the afternoon.


When you come for these appointments, please remember to bring your baby’s red book so we can record what vaccinations have been given.

BREAST FEEDING AT SURGERY

We support mothers who wish to breast feed their babies. We can provide a private place to breast feed. If you would like somewhere to breast feed your baby, please ask reception.  


DENTAL ADVICE

Start to brush your baby’s teeth as soon as they come through. For more information please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/looking-after-your-infants-teeth/

We recommend registering your baby (and you) at a dentist; you can find your local dentist by visiting this website: https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/find-a-dentist

Dental care is free during pregnant and until 1 year after your due date. To get free dental care, you need to apply for a maternity exemption certificate (MatEx). If you would like further information on this or to gain a form; please contact reception.


DIET AND VITAMINS

The Department of Health recommends that all children aged 6 months to 5 years are given vitamin supplements containing vitamins A, C and D every day. It is recommended that if you breast feed your baby, a daily vitamin D supplement should be given from birth.

For more information, please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/vitamins-for-children/


You may qualify for the Healthy Start scheme, which provides vouchers to pregnant women and their families. These vouchers can be used to buy milk, plain fresh or frozen fruit or vegetables. For more information or to apply for the Healthy Start scheme:


WEIGHT MANAGEMENT & PHYSICAL EXERCISE

Regular activity can relax you, keep you fit and help you feel more energetic. It can also help your body recover after childbirth and may help prevent postnatal depression.


Follow the link for further advice: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/keeping-fit-and-healthy/

ICON

BABIES CRY, YOU CAN COPE!


ICON offers support and advice to new mothers and carers around infant crying. More information can be found in the leaflet attached or by visiting: http://iconcope.org/parentsadvice/


I - Infant crying is normal

C- Comforting methods can help

O – It’s ok to walk away

N- Never, ever shake a baby

SAFE SLEEPING

The safest place for your baby to sleep is:

  • On their back, in a cot in the same room as you, for first 6 months

  • Don’t share a bed with your baby

  • Never sleep with your baby on a sofa or armchair

  • Do not let your baby get too hot or cold

  • Keep your baby’s head uncovered. Their blanket should not be tucked in higher than their shoulders

  • Place your baby in the ‘feet to feet’ position, with their feet at the end of the cot or Moses basket


Further information can be found by visiting: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/reducing-risk-cot-death/

POST NATAL MENTAL HEALTH  

Often referred to as postnatal depression, it affects 1 in every 10 women within a year of giving birth.​

Please take time out to read the information: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/post-natal-depression/

We ask all newly pregnant women and new mothers to complete an Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale, this is a common tool used to see how you are feeling.

If you would like to complete this, please follow this link: https://www.online-consult.co.uk/org/cornbrook-medical-practice/topic/925

Or if you feel any of the above is relevant and you would like further information or support please contact the surgery and speak to a Nurse or GP, or contact your midwife.