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Antenatal care and support at Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea Hospital

From the moment we meet you, we will guarantee consistency of treatment and continuity of care until you and your baby are discharged from us.

Whether you have a high or low-risk pregnancy, under the guidance of your consultant we will ensure you are closely monitored and understand the options available to you, with our recommendations.

Our team has the expertise to advise immediately on the next steps if an issue is detected. They will work closely with specialist colleagues to ensure that any condition is investigated promptly.

We also have a specialist service to support you if you have recurrent miscarriages or early pregnancy concerns.

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Antenatal classes

We offer complimentary antenatal classes for anyone booking a midwife led or shared care maternity package. We can also offer these classes to parents who have booked a consultant led package for an additional fee (please speak to a member of the team for details).

These one to one sessions will take place from week 31 of your pregnancy until your delivery day and cover:

•Pregnancy and hormonal changes
•Nutrition and exercise
•The importance of the pelvic floor muscles
•Stages & signs of labour
•Preparing yourself and your partner for the birth – the role of a birthing partner
•The birth plan
•Natural methods of pain relief (e.g. aromatherapy, breathing, relaxation, keeping active, massage, TENS etc.)
•Types of birth (natural birth, caesarean section, instrumental delivery, breech delivery)
•When to come in and what to bring
•When things do not go as planned
•Pain relief methods
•Induction of labour
•Familiarise yourself with the unit – meet the team

Supplementary classes

Hand expression session
We can offer you a 30 minute appointment to discuss how to hand express colostrum – the vital first milk for babies. This is a valuable skill to have in case your baby is reluctant to breastfeed, as it will ensure you can still get these valuable nutrients into your baby .We recommend you take this class from 36 weeks into your pregnancy.

You will learn how to hand express your milk and how to use syringes to collect your colostrum. There is no additional cost for this one to one session and you may request it when you come to your antenatal classes or book directly by emailing deidre.ward@nhs.net.

Life with a baby class
Our midwifery team also offer a “Life with baby” session once a month. This group session is led by a member of our ward team and will include:

• Early days with your baby
• Baby care
• Baby-led feeding
• What happens when you go home (midwife and health visitor visits)
• Screening tests and birth registration
• Postnatal period – what to expect…and more

The class is included in the package for midwife led or shared care packages but there is additional fee for parents opting for the consultant led package. Please speak to a member of our team for details.

If you would prefer a more tailored approach, we can also offer bespoke classes which we can offer at Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea Hospital or in your own home. These classes would be designed around your own preferences. Please speak to a member of the midwifery team for more details. Prices are subject to requirements.

Breastfeeding course
We can offer an additional class to support you with breastfeeding, which is included in your package cost.

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