This is your pregnancy. We will of course observe your birth choices, keeping it in the forefront of your maternity care. However if any concerns arise during one of your visits this will be discussed with you in-depth so you are able to make an informed choice about your care and an agreed plan can be made.
Women with a more complex pregnancy will require a named consultant e.g diabetes, previous pregnancy problems, when a complex pregnancy is identified, there will be early specialist involvement with that Consultant and or other specialists. But your management plans will still be agreed between you and that team.
You will be encouraged to participate equally in all decision-making processes to enable you make informed choices about your care. All women will be given accurate information to enable their informed choice of intended place of birth and mode of birth, including maternal choice for caesarean delivery.
Making an appointment
You should be offered a booking appointment with a midwife for a booking appointment by the time you are 10 weeks pregnant and have self-refer for maternity care at either Peterborough City or Hinchingbrooke Hospital using My Pregnancy Notes.
Your pregnancy will be treated confidentially, even if you are under 16 years old.
Before you choose the hospital you would like to receive care from for your pregnancy, please read the Your Choices leaflet. This leaflet has been developed to help you with the decisions you will be making at the start of your pregnancy. Your choice of place of birth will also be discussed at your booking appointment but can be talked about at any appointment with your midwife.
There may be some occasions where women are diverted to alternative maternity units due the unit being extremely busy. This possibility is discussed with parents as part of their antenatal care, so they could look at alternative journeys to local units, if they so desired. We work closely with our neighbouring maternity units to ensure women are transferred safely, including by risk assessing all patients first. We do try to avoid this where possible but please be rest assured that you will be fully involved in any decision around your care.
Use the information above to refer to Maternity Services at North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, which includes Peterborough City Hospital, Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Stamford & Rutland Hospital as well as community-led care, so you can arrange your booking appointment. The Trust is also pleased to announce that expectant mothers under the care of the Maternity Unit at Hinchingbrooke will now experience the same system as those giving birth at Peterborough City Hospital.
K2 Athena, is a new innovative system that provides a complete electronic record of the pregnancy journey from antenatal booking to postnatal care. Clinicians and midwives will now document care directly into K2 Athena, this means they will have more time to spend delivering one to one care in labour and enhanced support in postnatal care. Another benefit to K2 is women are now able to view their maternity notes online via a secure portal on any electronic device that has access to the internet.