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Agcam Sep 2nd, 2017 10:08 AM

UK mums-to-be - first midwife appointment?

A quick question for those of you in the UK, please.

My GP told me that you can only be referred to the midwife after 2 missed periods. That is 8 weeks along! I don't remember it being this way with DS1.

May I ask whether it's the same for everybody else? When did you have your first midwife appointment?

Thanks! :flower:

Talia12 Sep 2nd, 2017 10:27 AM

That sounds ridiculous, as lots of women have irregular cycles and don't know how many periods they've missed so that's really not a very professional way to determine it. But your booking in appointment should be around 8-9 weeks anyway (mine was 11 weeks this time because I booked in late on purpose, so it doesn't matter if it's later than 8-9 weeks), so it doesn't really matter if you don't book in until the point that your GP is telling you to. But it's still a load of horse crap, you should be able to get the referral any time and then they'll just give you an appointment at around 8 weeks based on LMP.

MindUtopia Sep 2nd, 2017 14:53 PM

I agree completely ridiculous. That's why pregnancy tests exist! It's not 1930 anymore.

Honestly, I've not gone through my GP for any of my pregnancies. I just call up the midwives and self refer. You should be able to find the number for your local team somewhere (or just call your hospital and ask to be transferred to maternity reception and ask for the community midwives). I've been pregnant 3 times now and I called them around 5 weeks and always had my first appointment somewhere around 7-9 weeks.

Agcam Sep 2nd, 2017 15:19 PM

Thank you, both.

Talia, your "horsecrap" comment made me giggle. :haha:

MindUtopia - I looked it up. Apparently, where I live, the referral has to go through the GP. There must be different procedures depending on where you live. :shrug:

I'll give my GP surgery a ring in the next week or so, and book an appointment. Even if they only want to see you at 8 weeks, I suppose it doesn't hurt to have the appointment in place.

Talia12 Sep 2nd, 2017 19:24 PM

Haha, well it is. Oh yeah, in my area it's only recently that you're able to self refer, with my son I had no choice but to go through GP. Could you see a different doctor at your surgery? Like you say, typically you see your GP as soon as you find out you're pregnant and then you get given an appointment for like 4 weeks later. That way you know you've got that sorted. I recently had a midwife tell me I couldn't get the maternity exemption certificate till 25 weeks which is the most untrue thing ever so definitely these professionals sometimes get it wrong in terms of what the protocol is!

MindUtopia Sep 3rd, 2017 02:40 AM

The GP often technically has to refer so the right catchment area gets the funding. But it doesn't mean you can't still call direct to the midwives. Technically here after we book our appointment with the midwives (ourselves), you just go to the surgery and fill out a form at reception and that's your referral. I would still call them to say your GP won't refer you because they'll want to know (it's going to screw up they're scheduling if they have to rush to get you in after 8 weeks especially if it's a busy service) and they'll need to book your scan soon. Plus then they can talk to the GP about how this isn't the way things are done. They may just make your appointment and wait for the referral to come through in the meantime.

060509.x Sep 3rd, 2017 02:59 AM

I was actually shocked when I was offered an appointment at 6/7 weeks, as with my DD it wasn't until after 8 weeks you would have your booking in appointment. Although the midwife didn't/wouldn't sort out my scan, or test my urine until after I was 10 weeks. So I had two "booking in" appointments.

I skipped seeing a doctor this time too and went straight to the midwife, I wasn't sure if I could do it but obviously I can.

Sarahcake Sep 3rd, 2017 05:30 AM

I skipped seeing the Dr this time, I instead asked my gp receptionist to book me in with the midwife and she made an appointment with me there and then for my booking appointment at 8 weeks. It wasn't a necessity that it was 8 week, just that was the only free available appointment.

Different areas do have different protocols though, would be so much easier if the whole process was uniform throughout the UK.

veganmum2be Sep 3rd, 2017 08:28 AM

It's between 8-10 weeks here I believe. I'm in no rush I can remember from my son that nothing really happens at the first one other than generating a scan appointment but that will happen even if appointment is delayed somewhat.
If all goes well I'll go about 10 weeks I think.

hmcx Sep 3rd, 2017 13:49 PM

I went to my doctor at 6 weeks as I had a uti and she gave me a leaflet to self refer.

Haven't heard anything yet thought

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