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Midwifery Team

Midwives 

A Midwife clinic is held at Parsonage Surgery on Tuesday afternoons and offers antenatal / postnatal care to our patients.  Appointments should be booked with the Midwife & not the GP.

Our staff can book appointments with the midwife from 8 weeks of pregnancy - your first appointment will include booking which hospital you would like to have your baby in. 

Please take a look at the websites below, before your appointment to aid your decision - you can then discuss your choice at your first midwife appointment.

Rosie Maternity Unit (Cambridge)

http://www.cuh.org.uk/rosie-hospital/

Princess Alexandra Hospital (Harlow)

http://www.pah.nhs.uk/index.php?cms_page_id=232

  • Telephone: 01279 827103

  • Location:The Princess Alexandra Hospital, Hamstel Road, Harlow, Essex, CM20 1QX

 

If you need to contact your Midwife directly, please call the Midwifery Team on 01438 284533

Is is safe to fly when pregnant?

It's usually safe to fly while you're pregnant and it shouldn't harm your baby if pregnancy is straightforward. 

Most airlines will not let you fly after week 37 of pregnancy, or week 32 if you're pregnant with twins or more babies.

What to do before you fly?

If you're planning on travelling by plane, you should discuss it with your midwife or GP first.

Some women try to avoid travelling in the first 12-15 weeks of pregnancy, because exhaustion and nausea tend to be worse at this early stage.

Before you book your tickets, check with your airline and insurance company that they will allow you to travel while pregnant. After you get to 28 weeks, most airlines require a letter from your midwife or GP confirming:

  • that you're in good health
  • that you have a normal pregnancy
  • the expected date of delivery

Be aware that your GP may charge you for the letter as this is non NHS work - current charge is £30, however if required urgent the charge will be £60.

Some airlines may require medical clearance if:

  • your delivery date is less than 4 weeks after your departure date
  • complications are expected in your delivery

This may involve your GP or midwife filling in a form, or an assessment by the airline staff.

Check with your airline, as the restrictions can vary.

Risk of blood clots when flying

Flying for longer than 4 hours (long-haul travel) increases your risk of getting blood clots (thrombosis). It's not known if this risk gets higher when you are pregnant.    

Wearing correctly-fitted compression stockings will reduce your risk of blood clots and fluid being retained in your legs (oedema). You can buy these over the counter in a pharmacy.

The following things can also reduce your risk of blood clots: 

  • calf exercises – most airlines provide information on these
  • walking around the aircraft when possible
  • wearing loose, comfortable clothing

For more information click to view:

https://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/927.aspx?CategoryID=54

 

 

 

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