Welcome to the LBC midwifery team. We cover the areas of Loughton, Buckhurst Hill and Chigwell.
Specific Patient Information
You will have an initial appointment at the clinic at around 10 weeks to chat about medical and social history, have blood and ultra sound screening tests as appropriate.
A plan of care for your pregnancy is discussed (following the appropriate clinical guidelines) according to whether you are high or low risk.
If you are low risk your care will be shared between the Midwifery team and your GP. If at booking you are assessed as being in the high risk category, you will be referred for Consultant care (if at any time during your pregnancy you are deemed to have a problem the Midwife or GP will also refer you to the high risk clinic at the hospital where you will have Consultant care).
We discuss your birth plan with you and as appropriate can offer you the option to have your baby at home or the Princess Alexandra Maternity unit, either on the Birthing Unit or Labour Ward.
We hold early bird sessions at the beginning of your pregnancy to inform you about all the options for screening.
We hold parentcraft sessions covering labour, pain relief and postnatal care. We also offer tours of The Princess Alexandra Hospital Birthing Unit and Labour Ward (once a month).
We provide a home birth service for all low risk women locally. We also work on the Labour Ward and Birthing Unit at the Hospital.
We will visit you at home the day after you are discharged from hospital and arrange your postnatal care with you to meet your individual needs.
All the Midwives and the Maternity Care Assistant are fully trained to help you with breast feeding through the hospitals commitment to ‘Baby Friendly Initiative’ (BFI).