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Specialist care for women with additional health needs

We have specialist clinics where extra support is provided if you have additional health needs in your pregnancy. Appointments for these clinics are made via your midwife or obstetrician.

Diabetes

This is a joint clinic with a consultant obstetrician, diabetes specialist midwife, diabetes specialist nurse, and dietician.  It provides high quality, individualized care for pregnant women who are diagnosed with diabetes before or develop diabetes during their pregnancy.

The following patient information leaflets 'diabetes and pregnancy', 'gestational diabetes' and 'glucose tolerance tests' can be found here.

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists also provide information  regarding gestational diabetes

Multiple pregnancy

This clinic, each Thursday in the fetal medicine unit, has specialist staff to provide care and advice to women who are excepting two or more babies.  It is important that you are well prepared for the changes that will take place both during your pregnancy and after the babies' birth.  

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists provide useful information here regarding different types of multiple pregnancy, the care you will receive and your options for birth.

Pregnancy lifestyle

If your BMI is 35 or above at booking you will be offered an appointment in our lifestyle clinic. 

Birth options

We wish to promote normal birth wherever possible and believe that all women should be provided with the correct information to make informed decisions regarding their birth options.  

A specialist clinic service has been developed by midwives to help support women in their individual choices for pregnancy and birth.  This clinic is run by an experienced midwife who facilitates discussion and advises pregnant women regarding their birth choices. 

All women who have delivered by caesarean section in a previous pregnancy will be offered an appointment at around 16 weeks with a midwife in our birth options clinic.  This is a routine antenatal appointment but also a chance to discuss previous deliveries and explore options for birth in this pregnancy.