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

The sessions will 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

We can also offer these classes to parents who have booked a consultant led package for an additional fee. Please speak to our midwifery team for details.

Supplementary classes

Our midwifery team also offer a “Life with baby” session once a month. This 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)
  • Postnatal period – what to expect

The class is included in the package for midwife led or shared care packages but there is an additional fee for parents opting for the consultant led package.

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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