Pregnancy Care Planner

Having a baby is a life-changing event that is different for every mum. It can be both exciting and bewildering, with lots of questions and many choices to make. To support you to have a healthy start for you and your baby, it is important to arrange your antenatal booking appointment by the 10th week of your pregnancy.

You can either refer yourself to the Antenatal Booking Centre on 020 8401 4202 or by completing the online referral form.

The more you know about your pregnancy and your options, the more you are likely to feel in control. The information given here is based on The Pregnancy Book, which your midwife should give you at your first appointment.


Emergency Help

If you have any bleeding in your early pregnancy, you can contact the following for assistance:

Croydon University Hospital (9am to 11am, Monday to Friday) has a walk-in centre where no appointment or referral is required.
Tel: 020 8401 3985

Easy Surrey Hospital (8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday except Bank Holidays) has an answerphone where you can leave a message and they will call you back (please note that no walk-in is available).
Tel: 01737 231824


Pertussis Vaccination in Pregnancy

We would like to remind all pregnant women that they are eligible to receive a vaccination when they are between 28-38 weeks pregnant, which will help protect their babies from whooping cough.

Why should pregnant women have the pertussis vaccination?

Whooping cough is a serious illness that can lead to pneumonia and brain damage. Most babies with whooping cough will need hospital treatment, and when whooping cough is very severe they may die.

  • The pregnancy programme has been in place since 1 October 2012 and has been shown to be very safe and effective in protecting babies against serious disease until they can have their first vaccine at two months of age
  • The vaccination also protects the mother who cannot then infect her baby
  • A study of 20,000 vaccinated women by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency found no evidence of risks to pregnancy
  • The best time to get vaccinated to protect your baby is between 16 and 38 weeks of pregnancy, with between 20 and 32 weeks the ideal time. 

If you would like to find out more about whooping cough and the vaccination, please click here or talk to your midwife or GP.


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