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Antenatal Care

Antenatal clinic

The antenatal clinic at Macclesfield District General Hospital is a purpose built clinic with a pleasant reception area and a spacious waiting room which also provides a separate children’s play area. We have four consulting rooms and the consultant clinics are held on a Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The antenatal clinic has a team of dedicated staff consisting of experienced midwives and maternity care assistants, supported by the reception and clerical staff. Contact the Antenatal clinic team on 01625 661160.

Antenatal Day Unit

Situated within the antenatal clinic is the Antenatal Day Unit, which has been developed for women who require extra care and support during their pregnancy. The wellbeing of both mothers and babies can be closely monitored on an outpatient basis with as little disruption as possible to family life.

Easily accessible, it provides a relaxed, friendly and welcoming environment offering an excellent level of continuity of care. Women are able to discuss their plan of care and have all their questions and concerns answered whilst receiving attention from a dedicated team of experienced midwives. Contact the Antenatal Day Unit on 01625 661729.

Ultrasound scans

The antenatal clinic has two dedicated ultrasound scan rooms where your routine antenatal ultrasound scans will be performed. Routinely two ultrasound scan examinations will be offered in your pregnancy at around 11 – 13 weeks (dating scan) and 20 weeks (detailed anomaly scan). If you require a photograph of your baby then there will be a small charge. You will also be given a specially designed mount for you to keep your scan photograph safely. 

Types of antenatal care

Most pregnant women are fit and healthy and can receive all of their care from the midwifery teams. Your midwife will discuss your care with you at the beginning of your pregnancy and an ongoing risk assessment will help identify any changes from the normal that may require additional appointments or referral to the consultant team.

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Midwifery Group Practice

Antenatal care is undertaken by a small team of midwives working in the community and hospital. Your care maybe in either your GP’s surgery or in one of the children’s centres in your area, therefore offering you a choice of venue.

Consultant led hospital based care

It may be advisable, due to your medical history or problems that arise during pregnancy for your antenatal care to be provided at the hospital. 

Shared care

Antenatal care that is shared between your midwife and consultant obstetrician.

Specialist clinics

In addition to the routine obstetrics/ midwife clinics we currently run the following specialist clinics;

  • Vaginal Birth after Caesarean section (VBAC).

This is run by midwives to support women in their decision making following a previous caesarean section. 

  • Birth Choices Clinic.

This is run by midwives to support women in their decision making if they have any concerns regarding labour and delivery. Women are supported in their birth planning when care maybe outside the normal guidelines.

  • Fit for Birth Clinic

This is run by midwives for women who have been identified as having additional risks due to an increased BMI. It is aimed to provide advice and support on healthy eating, exercise and support throughout pregnancy. 

Care for women who live outside of East Cheshire

We accept referrals from women who live outside the Eastern Cheshire area and choose to have their babies at Macclesfield District General Hospital. We provide dedicated antenatal clinic appointments.

If you would like to discuss having your baby at Macclesfield General District Hospital then please do not hesitate to contact us on 01625 661163 (Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 2.30pm).

Clinic visits

Each consultant and midwife has a weekly clinic with an appointment system in operation. We would appreciate it if you could attend the clinic at the arranged time.
 
If for some reason you are unable to attend, please telephone the clinic on 01625 661160 to rearrange your appointment.
 
Please bring with you your hand held notes and a specimen of urine, in a clean container with your name clearly marked on it.
 
If you are arriving by car please allow plenty of time to park.

Stopping Smoking 

Smoking in pregnancy has been linked to:

  • Poor health for the mother
  • Miscarriage
  • Bleeding
  • Poor health for the baby
  • Slow growth
  • Premature birth
  • Stillbirth
  • Low birth weight
  • Cot death
  • Breathing problems and wheezing in the first six months of life

If you or a family member smokes and you are pregnant or have just had your baby, you can make a difference to the health of your child. 
 
Smoking is harmful throughout pregnancy, but, as soon as you give up, you and your baby benefit immediately. 
 
We can help you and your family if you wish to stop smoking. Speak to your midwife, health visitors or GP and ask to be referred.

NHS pregnancy smoking helpline – 0800 169 0169

Alternatively call Catriona Holden, Kickstart Smoking in Pregnancy Specialist Practitioner on 07976 984411 or Freephone 0800 085 8818 or email c.holden@kickstartcheshire.co.uk