Antenatal Care

Telling your GP and/or Midwife promptly will help to make sure you receive maternity health care that takes into account all your health needs and preferences. .

It’s best to see them as early as possible to obtain the information you need to have a healthy pregnancy, and because some tests, such as screening for sickle cell and thalassaemia should be done before you’re 10 weeks’ pregnant.

Antenatal clinics are run by our linked midwives from the Royal Free Hospital if appropriate; we can refer you to the hospital of your choice usually Royal Free Hospital, St. Mary’s or UCLH.

If you know which hospital or trust you want to have your baby in, and you live in their catchment area, you can refer yourself to a hospital or a midwife-led team for antenatal care and delivery using the links below:

HospitalTelephone NumberSelf-Referral FormWebsite  
Royal Free020 7830 2752Royal Free Self-Referral FormClick here     
UCLH020 3447 9354UCLH Self-Referral FormClick here 
Whittington020 7272 3070Whittington Self-Referral FormClick here
St Mary’s020 3313 5222St Mary’s Self-Referral FormClick here

We have a full baby clinic service following the birth of your child and hope very much you will attend for postnatal and baby care at Brondesbury Medical Centre.


The Midwife works with the Doctor to give care to women having a baby, both before birth and for ten days after the baby is delivered. Antenatal appointments are now generally provided by the Midwife at the Hospital or satellite clinic. For further information please contact your Practice.

The role of the midwife

A Midwife is a qualified nurse who has undertaken further training to provide and promote normal midwifery.

They help you to prepare for motherhood and promote good health for yourself and your baby by advising on the effects of drinking, smoking and good diet whilst you are pregnant.

The Midwife guides you through your pregnancy and endeavours to detect any problems and make relevant referrals if necessary.

Healthy Start

Healthy Start is a government scheme that aims to improve the health of pregnant women and mothers on benefits or low incomes, all pregnant women under 18 years of age and children who are under 5 years of age. Families who are supported by the scheme receive vouchers to spend on milk (including infant formula), fresh fruit and vegetables.

Your antenatal care

When you first learn that you’re pregnant, get in touch with a Midwife or GP as soon as possible. Ideally this should be by 10 weeks of your pregnancy. Telling your GP and/or Midwife promptly will help to make sure you receive maternity healthcare that takes into account all your health needs and preferences.

Birth to Five information