A midwife will discuss with you:

  • Place of birth and information on home birth if chosen
  • Preparation for labour and birth, recognising active labour and coping with pain
  • The third stage of labour and Vitamin K for your baby
  • Postnatal self-care, awareness of the ‘baby blues’ and postnatal depression
  • The care of your newborn baby and newborn screening tests
  • Your baby’s movements
  • You will be asked to have your blood pressure taken and for your urine to be tested
  • The midwife will ask to measure the symphysis-fundal height
  • You may be referred for a growth scan if the symphysis-fundal height is greater than 3cm more or less than the number of weeks pregnant you are
  • The midwife will ask to feel for the position your baby is lying and you may be referred for a scan if breech presentation is suspected (if your baby is ‘bottom-down’)