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Can I choose any midwife for care?
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BasKaro · 10/06/2022 20:45

I live and have a GP in town A and had my last baby there and it was terrible and they are known for being terrible tbh.
I work and am half based in town B, have more support here so can I have my care here? I know we can chose hospitals but I can't seem to find info about the midwife stages at the GPs. Can you get care as an "out of area" patient? Difference is 2h in journey times so I do need to stick to one area.

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Extragherkinsplease · 12/06/2022 02:07

Depending on the area you are in you might find you have no choice.

the whole of my pregnancy (recently) there was such a shortage of staff that I didn’t get to see the same midwife more than once. I was unwell through pregnancy so did have a fair few appointments and always saw someone different.

I know this isn’t the answer you’re looking for but be prepared to not have a choice

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bozna · 12/06/2022 02:19

Never heard of anyone seeing the same midwife more than once. It seems an old school thing where they had the same midwife saw them through the whole pregnancy. Midwives in the check ups don't seem to do births or they might do months down the line. Perhaps you can pay private for the consistency

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Nat6999 · 12/06/2022 03:10

You can register as an out of area patient at any surgery you want, but you will probably be seen by the same Midwifery team due to where you live, you might be able to ask about seeing someone different, there is no harm in asking. I was lucky I saw the same midwife every week & if she had been on shift she would have been involved in my delivery. Midwives have to do a number of shifts at the hospital each month.

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NewtoHolland · 12/06/2022 03:53

You can choose any midwifery team, you just book at that hospital and all the antenatal care will be through that hospitals team. Of they have continuity of care then you might experience the same midwife through your antenatal and postnatal care.

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XrayFish · 12/06/2022 17:12

You can book with a different hospital, but you will have to go to that hospital for all your appointments. Also it's unusual, so expect to have to explain yourself several times.

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Loulou1712 · 12/06/2022 20:53

You can go to any health board you want for care. You'll need to have all of your appointment's there though. I've just transferred to a different hospital and had a new booking appointment etc the same as if it were a different health board x

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2isontheway · 12/06/2022 20:59

I've recently changed from area A to B.
My GP falls into area A but both hospitals are in equal distance and B has a much better reputation which didn't bother me during my last pregnancy as I felt well looked after but having a different experience this time around!
All of my care is being transferred.
My community midwife will however remain the same as she works across the 4 areas we are slap bang in the middle of and will do my postnatal visits as area B will not come out of their area to do visits.

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