I'm pregnant, what should I do now?

Congratulations on your pregnancy!

Referring yourself for care at Southend Maternity Services

If you wish Southend Maternity Services to provide your care, you can now contact us direct without the need to see your GP. There are many health benefits for you and your baby if you access maternity care as soon as you have a positive pregnancy test.   

To help speed our referral process, please complete our online referral form.  A midwife from the pregnancy booking line will contact you within five working days following receipt to discuss the next steps. 

She will make you an appointment with a midwife in one of our local clinics so that your medical, obstetric and social history can be discussed and a plan for your antenatal care made.  This appointment takes place when you are around eight to ten weeks pregnant (but may be later than this during busy periods) and will also include a discussion about your birth preferences and options. 

We recommend that you take folic acid 400mcg during the first 12 weeks and vitamin D 10mcg daily throughout your pregnancy.  If you take this in the form of a multivitamin make sure it  does not  include vitamin A. Folic acid and supplements may be available on prescription if you request from your GP surgery.

You should avoid drinking alcohol and if you are a smoker, we advise you to stop.  Finally, if you are taking any medication please seek advice from your GP.

Patients who don't live locally

Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust offers excellent maternity facilities for women who reside in the Essex and London areas. Our delivery suite has six delivery rooms, two obstetric theatres and a two-bedded theatre recovery room.  These facilities are complemented by an alongside four bed birth unit with two birthing pools and en suite facilities.   

If you would like to have your baby at Southend University Hospital , we offer a full range of antenatal services.  Please complete our online referral form  or email us on  for further information.   

Blood Tests

It's now even easier to book a blood test.  Once you have spoken to the Pregnancy Booking Line and received your blood test forms, click here to go to our new online appointment booking service.