When you find out you are pregnant, there are three things for you to do:
Alternatively, you can arrange your first appointment as below
|Bodmin and Wadebridge||Call the midwives on 01872 326528 (Bodmin) or 01208 834403 (Wadebridge).|
|Camborne, Redruth, Perranporth and St Agnes||Visit your GP surgery. They will take your information and give you a pre-booking pack. The midwife will call you to arrange your booking appointment.|
|Falmouth, Helston and the Lizard||Visit your GP surgery. They will take your information and give you a pre-booking pack. The midwife will call you to arrange your booking appointment.|
|Hayle and St Ives||Call the midwives on 01736 571202.|
|Launceston, Bude, Camelford, Liskeard, Looe (North Cornwall – Chi Kernow)||Contact the midwives on 01288 320131 (Stratton) or 01566 761110 (Launceston) or you call your GP.|
|Newquay, St Eval, St Columb||Visit your GP surgery. They will take your information and give you a pre-booking pack. The midwife will call you to arrange your booking appointment.|
|Penzance, St Just, Sennen and the Isles of Scilly||Call the midwives on 01736 874180 to make an appointment, and visit your GP surgery to pick up a pre-booking information pack.|
|Probus, Chacewater, Carnon Downs, Truro (Central Team)|
|St Austell and surrounding areas (Penrice)|
Please call your GP surgery and they’ll be able to help you.
ePHR is a web-based solution that allows people under our care to view their maternity notes online.
At the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust, we use Euroking, a secure maternity IT software, to record the majority of your maternity care. After you’ve had an appointment or spoken to us, your midwife or maternity support worker will record the data and you’ll be able to see it in your ePHR.
You will be able to see summaries of the following:
You can only access your ePHR for your current pregnancy. Please either complete this form or call the Maternity IT team on 07557 172389.
If you call, we’ll check your details and add your email address to the ePHR system (this has to be your personal email, we don’t allow work or general email addresses to make sure your personal healthcare data stays secure).
After we’ve got your form or you’ve spoken to us, we’ll authorise your account. You’ll then get an email from firstname.lastname@example.org asking you to verify your email address and create a password for your ePHR. You must verify your details within 72 hours. If this expires then please call us and we can resend the verification email.
If you get stuck setting it up, please call 07557 172389.
Remember to keep your password secure and your personal data safe.
The most common complication of pregnancy and birth is related to mental health.
If you or your partner are struggling with mixed emotions, sadness, irritability and exhaustion, you are not alone. You may also experience a lack of interest or pleasure in the things that you usually enjoy or in looking after your baby. For most women and their partners these emotions are relieved by spending time with family and friends, and with adequate support to allow you to rest and sleep. For around one in five women symptoms are more persistent and need additional support and treatment.
The most important thing is to talk with the people around you and with your midwife, health visitor or GP about how you feel. Your midwife is there to support you with your mental health as much as with your physical health.
We also offer a number of specialist services to support your mental health during and after pregnancy. These include:
Maternal Mental Health in Cornwall – a Facebook page run by Midwives alongside the Maternity Voices Partnership that provides pregnancy and postnatal mental health support during the Covid pandemic
Outlook Southwest – offer psychological therapy services for people in Cornwall and the Isles
Tommy’s Pregnancy and Post-birth Wellbeing Plan – a two-page plan that helps you start thinking about how you feel emotionally and what support you might need in your pregnancy and after the birth. It’s also helpful in working out how to start a conversation with your partner, friend, midwife, health visitor or GP.
The midwife will:
If you’re more than 10 weeks pregnant and haven’t seen a GP or midwife, contact a GP or midwife as soon as possible.
Find out more about what happens at the booking appointment on the NHS website: Your first midwife appointment.
The appointments are also time for you to ask questions and discuss any issues and concerns with your midwife. If there’s anything worrying you do, please do make sure you mention it, it’s important so that we can provide you with the best possible care.
We may refer you to a specialist midwife during your pregnancy. A specialist midwife is someone who has done specialist training in a particular field. Our team includes midwives who specialise in:
Takes place between 8 and 14 weeks and checks how far along in your pregnancy you are, and your baby’s development.
If you’ve agreed to have screening for Down’s syndrome, Edwards’ syndrome and Patau’s syndrome, and your scan takes place between 11 and 14 weeks, the sonographer (person doing the scan) will also do the screening.
Your dating scan will usually take place at the Fetal Medicine Unit at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro.
Find out more about what happens at your 12-week scan on the NHS website.
This detailed ultrasound scan, sometimes called the mid-pregnancy or anomaly scan, is usually carried out when you’re between 18 and 21 weeks pregnant.
The scan looks in detail at the baby’s bones, heart, brain, spinal cord, face, kidneys and abdomen. It allows the sonographer to look for 11 rare conditions. The scan only looks for these conditions, and cannot find everything that might be wrong.
Find out more about what happens at your 20-week scan on the NHS website.
You may also be offered other scans during your pregnancy to check how the baby is doing, for example if we want to check on the baby’s growth or if the baby’s activity levels have changed.
*If you have concerns about your baby’s wellbeing, including if you think their movement patterns have changed, slowed down or stopped, it’s important that you call us straight away. If you’re less than 28 weeks pregnant, call your community midwife. If you’re more than 28 weeks pregnant, please call the maternity triage team on 01872 258000. You can find out more about why your baby’s movements are important on the Kicks Count website.
You can find information about the different wards and units you may come to here: