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how much of a choice of where to give birth?

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Anna22 Tue 15-Jul-08 21:36:51

Hi everyone, I just found out I'm pregnant over the weekend
I realise I'm jumping the gun ever so slightly at not even 7 weeks pregnant yet, but I need some advice! I just moved to Leicester with my husband a few months ago and haven't had an opportunity to book in with a GP yet, instead I'm registered with a surgery in Hertfordshire which is where my parents and family live. Having found out now that I'm pregnant, I'm unsure of what to do re: antenatal care and delivery as I'd really like to deliver near my family and stay with them for a while after the birth. I also prefer the SCBU unit in Hertfordshire and as my mum suffered with pre eclampsia with all her children, It's not unlikely my baby will be born slightly premmie either.

Having said that, having to travel to and from Leicester for all my antenatal check ups and scans would be hard, and I'm not sure how a HV / community midwife would be organised afterwards? I know that you supposedly have a choice as to where to have your baby, but how much of a choice exactly?! Could I register with a GP here and confirm my preganncy, then have my check ups in Leicester before moving down to live with my family before my due date?

Thanks for the help guys... getting worried as I want to see a GP asap about this pregnancy, just in case

Anglepoise Tue 15-Jul-08 22:41:46

Don't know if this helps, but I am currently living in London but about to move to Manchester at about 33 weeks, so I've had all my antenatal care so far in London but will give birth oop north. As far as I can tell, I just have to register with a GP asap when I move and can get referred/booked in to a hospital (though am hoping for a home birth). I've spoken to a MW on another board and she said they have lots of people moving late in pregnancy and it isn't a problem.

Anglepoise Tue 15-Jul-08 22:42:03

PS Congratulations!

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