You are either elated, excited, shocked, terrified or all of the above! Whichever way you’re feeling, it is completely normal. There is so much to learn and discover about pregnancy and the new life that you will be carrying inside of you. You will find lots of information here to get you started.
Your first point of contact should be your doctor. You will be given a test to confirm your pregnancy, blood tests to check your general health status and information about choosing a lead maternity carer/midwife.
I’m freaked out
If you are worried about your pregnancy, don’t worry, you are not the first to be! You do not need to go through pregnancy on your own. Tell someone you trust and be sure to find a good Lead Maternity Carer or midwife (see ‘Find Your Midwife’). There are also many supportive people and organisations who can advise you during your pregnancy (see ‘Pregnancy Support’).
What is a Lead Maternity Carer?
A Lead Maternity Carer or LMC is a person who provides personal maternity care and support throughout pregnancy, labour and the first weeks (4-6 weeks) of baby’s life. They could be midwives, GP’s or Obstetricians/Gynaecologists. A midwife is a person who is a specialist in pregnancy and birth and has successfully completed a recognised prescribed course of studies in midwifery and has acquired the required qualifications to be registered and/or legally licensed to practice midwifery.
Choose an LMC carefully they will be an important person. Choose someone another woman has recommended who is skilled, experienced and empathetic; interested in your birthing preferences; respectful to your cultural values and practices; and has informed you about the possible complications and interventions of childbirth. You need to completely trust your LMC. Your LMC will talk with you and make sure that your fears and anxieties have been well addressed. If you do not feel comfortable with your LMC or have any concerns, you have a right to change your LMC – it is perfectly normal and okay to change if your relationship with your LMC is not working out for you (see ‘Find Your Midwife’). Click here if you are unhappy with your LMC.