The Health Professionals

Dec 15, 2010 No Comments by

Now that you are at the end of the first trimester and your pregnancy is a visible state, you should start to familiarize yourself with  some of the professionals with whom you will regularly be interacting.

During pregnancy, and after the birth, a number of different people will be involved in your care. How many you see will depend on where you are having your baby and the kind of ante-natal and post-natal care will be the same wherever you are having your baby.

1.Midwife. Your midwife has been trained to be an expert in pregnancy and she will care for you from the time your pregnancy is confirmed until after the birth of your baby. She will be able to give you physical and psychological support and to help with any medical problems that arise during this time.

Building up a relationship with you and your family is an essential part of the midwife’s job, so it is important for you to establish contact with her as soon after your pregnancy is confirmed as possible. Your midwife will usually be found at your local health center or your doctor’s surgery, although it may also be possible to contact her direct through  the supervisor of midwives at your local maternity unit.

Your midwife will be able to help you make an informed choice about your right to have your baby where and how you wish. She will advise you on the most appropriate care for your needs and, if specialist help is required, she will know the right person to contact. The midwife will continue  to look after you and your family until she hands over your care to a  health visitor at between 10 and 28 days after the birth.

2. Health Visitor. The health visitor is a fully-qualified nurse who has had extra training in caring for people in the community. Her role is to help families, especially those with very young children. Your health visitor will visit you at home sometime after your baby is 10 days old. she will give you information about feeding, as well as general health and safety, and can offer advice and give support if you have any worries about your baby or if you yourself have any problems.

The health visitor will give you a telephone number where she can be contacted if you need help.  You can arrange to see her at home, or at the child health clinic, health center,  or doctor’s surgery.

3.General Practitioner. Your GP will probably have confirmed your pregnancy and will be able to help you plan your ante-natal care. He or she may be responsible for all or part of your ante-natal  care and will work closely with your midwife. If you are having a home birth, your GP may be involved in your baby’s delivery, together with your midwife. If you are going to have a hospital birth  your GP should come and visit you and your baby soon after you get back home.

You need to register your baby with the GP as soon after the birth as possible.  you can contact your GP at any time if either you or your baby are ill. Your doctor may have an arrangement where young babies are seen without making an appointment, possibly  at the beginning or end of the surgery, or it may be possible to obtain some advise over the phone. Your GP may hold a clinic at the surgery, and will normally work  closely with the health visitors in your area.

4.Obstetrician. This is a doctor who specializes in the care of woman throughout their pregnancy and subsequent childbirth. If you are having a delivery in a hospital, the consultant you are under will be  an obstetrician who is part of a special medical team.

5.Pediatrician. This is a doctor who specializes in caring for babies and children. Your baby will be checked by a pediatrician after the birth.


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