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How long will first midwife appointment take?

(23 Posts)
inmybelly Fri 14-Mar-14 07:30:16

Have tried contacting them but they're impossible to get hold of!

Just need to know how much time to book off work... What was your experience?

JuniperTisane Fri 14-Mar-14 07:33:45

I would allow an hour. There is a lot of form filling and medical history questions to get through.

Dillydollydaydream Fri 14-Mar-14 07:36:18


Dillydollydaydream Fri 14-Mar-14 07:37:38

Sorry blush booking appointment is usually 45m to 1hr. Lots of family history taken and questions about previous obstetric history (if any).
Allow 15 mins for them to run behind too.

lyns31 Fri 14-Mar-14 07:45:00

My midwife came to my home and was 3 hours later than she said she'd be for my booking appointment. Hope that's really rare.

MrsMonkeyBear Fri 14-Mar-14 08:20:14

I've been told to allow up to 2 hours. It seems like a long time but with all the things they may have to go through with you, it's also reasonable.

K8eee Fri 14-Mar-14 08:22:57

mine was 10-15 minutes. I was given the forms to take home and fill in confused

clairealfie Fri 14-Mar-14 08:36:29

Mine was half an hour but I had to wait 20 minutes. However, I'd already filled out all of the forms and filled my pots beforehand

weebairn Fri 14-Mar-14 08:52:31

About an hour for a booking in appointment, 10-20 minutes for the other ones.

Cariad007 Fri 14-Mar-14 12:22:05

Also just in case you were referring to annual leave when you said you needed to book time off work, you don't need to take it as leave as you're entitled to time off for antenatal appointments.

Pregnantberry Fri 14-Mar-14 12:29:46

Mine was an hour but she was running really quite late, I can see how that would happen a lot for a midwife given the nature of her job. So I would allow for 2 hours just to be absolutely safe.

PenguinsEatSpinach Fri 14-Mar-14 12:51:18

I would allow 2 hours at least. One for the appointment, one for late running (particularly if they are coming to you. Community midwifes visiting new mums tend to run later than clinics!).

And yes, I assume you just mean booking time for how long work should expect you to be gone, not holiday time. You are entitled to paid time off.

PrincessWellington Fri 14-Mar-14 15:31:45

Yes a woman is entitled to time off but might choose to use annual leave if they are not ready to tell yet.

eurochick Fri 14-Mar-14 15:50:34

Mine was just over an hour and that included blood taking.

KLou1105 Fri 14-Mar-14 15:53:16

Mine took about an hour, but was running about 15 mins behind aswell x

GreatSoprendo Fri 14-Mar-14 16:36:44

Takes bloody ages! I had mine a couple of weeks ago and was a good hour - I'd hoped it would be quicker second time around and that we could skip some bits, but apparently that isn't allowed!

Mummytobe2014 Fri 14-Mar-14 19:15:35

Mine was one and a half hours long

inmybelly Fri 14-Mar-14 19:33:47

Thanks everyone!

DrinkFeckArseGirls Fri 14-Mar-14 20:06:24

Well, waiting will be at least 45 minutes and the appointment 5 to 7 minutes. hmm
Just my experience...

MrsCakesPremonition Fri 14-Mar-14 20:09:14

And make sure that either your partner is there or you have all the info on medical issues from his side of the family.

LondonJen Fri 14-Mar-14 20:14:51

I had mine yesterday. Went in 15mins later than appt time. Midwife said it would take an hour and it did!

duvetfan Fri 14-Mar-14 23:30:24

Had mine this week. It was an hour.

MrsWombat Sat 15-Mar-14 06:24:10

My letter says 1.5 hours.

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