First midwife appointment
Maternity: care during pregnancy
Your first appointment can also be called your antenatal booking appointment. You will have this within the first 10 weeks of your pregnancy.
If you refer after 8 weeks of pregnancy, it may not be possible to see you for your first appointment before you reach 10 weeks.
If you live in south east London, your first appointment will usually be at one of our community clinics close to your home.
Please consider where you live as part of your decision about where to have your maternity care. Please complete the below self-referral form to make a self-referral to St Thomas' Hospital only.
You can refer yourself using our online referral form.
Your GP can also refer you.
Once we receive your referral letter, your first appointment is arranged for you along with your first scan.
It is important that we have the correct address and contact number for you.
Choosing where to have your care during pregnancy is an important decision. Please read the information on our choosing where to have your maternity care page to make sure we are the right choice for you.
How to cancel your care with us
Complete our online cancellation form to cancel your upcoming antenatal appointments.
Contact us about your first appointment
Phone the clinic on 020 7188 2300 if you need to cancel or change your booking appointment.
Preparing for your first appointment
It's normal to feel a bit anxious or overwhelmed before your appointment.
It might be helpful to make some notes before your appointment, so you don't forget anything important you'd like to ask.
You will be offered a range of blood tests. If you have a needle phobia, we'd encourage you to read our information about overcoming your fear.
We will also ask for a urine sample so you might want to make sure you’ve had some water to drink before the appointment.
Your appointment also offers you the opportunity to discuss recommended screening tests including carbon monoxide testing.
Using our maternity app
We use an app called MyChart. This allows you access to your maternity and health records.
Before your first midwife appointment, please use the MyChart app to complete a pre-booking questionnaire to give us some background information.
This is so we can spend less time collecting information, and more time talking about your pregnancy.
During your first appointment
Your first appointment will take around 1 hour.
You will have the opportunity to talk about your pregnancy and for us to take some important tests.
The midwife will ask questions about your health, your family’s health, and your preferences for this pregnancy.
Please be aware that at the beginning of this appointment your midwife will need 10 minutes alone with you.
You can find more about questions the midwife might ask, topics you might discuss, and tests you'll be offered on the NHS website.
After your appointment
Once your booking appointment is complete, your midwife will let you know where you will have your antenatal appointments and give you contact details in case you have any concerns.
If you have either missed or not been told about an appointment, please contact your midwife as soon as possible.