Help and Support

Maternity Services

As soon as you know you are pregnant, you should get in touch with your local midwifery service to book your first appointment. This is called your ‘booking appointment’. Ideally you should be seen by a midwife by the time you are 10 weeks pregnant, or as early into your pregnancy as possible. To find out details of your local midwifery services, contact:

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS trust –  Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Support from health visitors – Antenatal Contact

When you reach 28 weeks in your pregnancy, your doctor or midwife will put you in touch with our health visiting service. We will then support you and your family until your child goes to school.

The health visiting service provides a service to families from the antenatal period until their child enters school. The service aims to promote health and prevent ill health working with both individuals and communities.

The health visiting team consists of nursery nurses, breastfeeding advocates and clerical officers and is led by the health visitors who are qualified nurses or midwives with specialist training in public health for children.

Greenwich Breastfeeding Groups

Visit a breastfeeding group before your baby arrives to talk to our staff and other mothers about how to get off to a good start with breastfeeding. Find out how to get help and support as soon as your baby is born and begin to think about what feeding will be like for you and your baby.

Pregnancy Evenings at Queen Elizabeth Hospital (from 12 weeks)

When: 3rd Wednesday of every month at 7pm
Where: Main Entrance at Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Ante natal classes are available – ask your midwife for local details

Health or Medical issues

If you have conditions such as diabetes, asthma or epilepsy, it is helpful to plan with your GP and Midwife the best way to care for yourself and your baby. Visit NHS CHOICES here for more information.

Other conditions

If you have conditions such as asthma or epilepsy, it is helpful to plan with your GP the best way to care for yourself and your baby. Visit here for more information.

Other sources of support

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