Contacting your local maternity unit as soon as you find out you are pregnant will ensure you are offered all available services during your pregnancy. You will also receive the most up-to-date information, reassurance and mutual support at the start of your journey.
Ideally you should make contact with a midwife well before 10 weeks of pregnancy in order to ensure you can be booked for your early screening tests. Early screening is recommended by the National Screening Committee to identify people who are at higher risk of a health problem, which means that they can get earlier, potentially more effective treatment and make informed decisions about their health and their baby’s health.
Your pregnancy will be treated confidentially, even if you are under 16.
For further information you can find your local maternity services here.
You can find contact details for your local maternity unit by following the links in this section.
If you live outside of Essex you can find your local maternity unit via the NHS Choices page here.
Use our NHS-accredited links for more information and support on pregnancy, childbirth and becoming a new parent.
You can find further information on pregnancy via the NHS Choices page here.