Maternity Services at Hinchingbrooke and Peterborough City are launching a new service on Monday 21 March.
Preterm Birth clinics are dedicated clinics which have specifically been set up, alongside specialised sonography services, to provide additional support for pregnant women who are concerned they may to go into premature labour. The clinics are being led by Consultant Obstetricians, Dr Sangeeta Pathak and Mr Peter Yeh and supported by specialist midwives, and midwifery assistants.
Community midwives performing the initial booking assessment will review the medical history and if required pregnant women will be referred to the clinic. They will then be reviewed by a consultant and if necessary, placed onto the preterm pathway with consultant-led care.
Pregnant women who are booked into these clinics can expect to see a midwife and named consultant obstetrician for a holistic review of their pregnancy and personalised care plan. This will ensure that their maternity pathway is co-designed with the pregnant woman at the centre.
Dr Sangeeta Pathak, Consultant Obstetrician at North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, said: “About 1 in 10 women go into premature labour, which is any time before 37 weeks. This specialist preterm clinic will aim to have close surveillance of those women who have a higher chance of going into premature labour and provide them multidisciplinary and personalised care.”
The Preterm Birth Clinics will be set up in the antenatal clinics at both Peterborough City and Hinchingbrooke hospital and will be open from 9am – 5pm. For further information women can speak to their community midwives.
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