After you have made your pregnancy choices, there are a lot of different people who will help a young mother and father on their journey to parenthood.
Regular visits with health and social care providers such as your GP, midwife, and health visitor will help you during and after pregnancy. They will look after your well-being and your physical health.
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When you decide to continue with a pregnancy, you will be given an appointment through your GP surgery to see the community midwife. During this appointment you will be asked to fill in forms and be given information to help you in early pregnancy.
It is good for the baby’s father to come, or you can bring a supportive friend or parent.
Your midwife will be the health professional you see most often during your pregnancy. You will have regularly scheduled appointments with your midwife. It is important to attend these as the midwife will do routine tests and make measurements to make certain your baby is growing the way it ought to.
You may find you are referred to a specialist midwife service for young parents. They are trained to deal with the issues which face younger parents. Your health and wellbeing, and that of your baby are very important to them.
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You may see your GP (doctor) at any time during your pregnancy if you have concerns about your or your baby’s health.
You may have regular appointments with your GP to make sure your and your baby’s health are good.
Six weeks after your baby is born both the mother and the baby will have a check with the GP to make sure both of you are in the best health possible.
The health visitor service provides both antenatal (during pregnancy) and postnatal (after birth) care.
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