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Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Maternity

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Antenatal services

Each GP practice in Oxfordshire has a local midwife working alongside the practice. The midwife at your GP surgery will become your named midwife.

What to expect from your care during pregnancy

Your named midwife is responsible for co-ordinating your care throughout your pregnancy and after the birth.

Alongside your midwife, a small community team of midwives will care for you during your antenatal appointments and after the birth of your baby (or babies).

If you choose to birth your baby in one of our midwifery-led units or at home, you will have a higher chance of having a midwife known to you to support you during your birth.

Having a small team of midwives to care for you helps you to build a relationship with them, and there are huge benefits to having continuity of carer throughout your journey.

Our models of care

We offer two models of care (sometimes called 'pathways') to women during their pregnancy:

  • Midwifery-led care (MLC)
  • Consultant-led care (CLC)

When you make your first appointment with the GP, and your first appointment with your midwife, they will ask you questions about your health, for example, if you have been pregnant before, questions about your first pregnancy and birth.

We then complete a thorough assessment of your needs in pregnancy, and decide if there are any potential risks to you and/or your baby. If we feel you will need to see an obstetrician (doctor) we will refer you for consultant-led care. If there are no issues that need further assessment, our midwives will care for you.

If we refer you for consultant-led care this does not mean you cannot have a midwifery-led birth; however, we may discuss your plan for the birth with our Consultant Midwives in our Mode of Birth Clinic.

If our midwives are caring for you, and feel that you need to see a doctor for some reason, we will transfer you to consultant-led care.

For further information on our models of care please speak to your community midwife.

Community Midwifery Teams

Each team is linked to a GP surgery in the local area.

  • Banbury: 01295 229190
  • Bicester: 01869 243763
  • Blenheim (city): 01865 220457
  • Chipping Norton: 01608 697930
  • Isis (city): 01865 779284
  • Witney: 01993 708742

Community South (also covers Thame)

Didcot and Wallingford: 01491 826037

Vale of White Horse

  • Abingdon: 01865 904876
  • Wantage: 01865 904832

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