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Do you need both a doctor and a midwife to fill in a mat B1 form or is it just one of them?

13 replies

1990shopefulftm · 09/06/2020 08:34

Saw a midwife yesterday who filled in my Mat B1 form but as the antenatal clinic had closed for the day there was no doctor to stamp it, so she said to get my GP to do it.

Speaking to my GP it seems they think it's just a midwife that does it anyway but said they could pop it in a doctors tray, I just want to be certain I actually need both to sign it before I take I make a trip out to my GP surgery?

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Superscientist · 09/06/2020 08:47

I see my midwife at my gp surgery so I don't know if this makes a difference. I called after my appointment because I had forgotten to ask at my appointment. The midwife filled it in and then the surgery called to say they could put it in the post to me half and hour later.

Jem1593 · 09/06/2020 08:50

Mine was only signed and stamped by my GP and not midwife, I’m not sure if it makes a difference because I got mine just as lockdown started so they didn’t want me to come into the surgery and my midwife only works certain days.

My GP came and posted it through my letterbox the same day as I live close by.

pottypotamus · 09/06/2020 08:59

Mine was filled in by just my midwife. GP didn't sign or stamp it and my employer was fine with it.

FoxtrotSkarloey · 09/06/2020 09:02

Mine was signed and stamped by mw at the hospital. It definitely needs doing so if that's what the mw said and GP is happy to do it, sounds like it might be easier than going back to the mw who couldn't/wouldn't do it in the first place?

MsChatterbox · 09/06/2020 09:03

My first pregnancy my midwife signed it and then I had to take it to gp to get it stamped. My second pregnancy my midwife signed it and she had her own stamp, she commented on how this was so much easier. So I would just guess your own midwife hasn't been given a stamp yet.

1990shopefulftm · 09/06/2020 09:21

Yeah because of covid, I ve only seen midwifes so far after my 2 scans, it's from 25 weeks I think I can see one at my GP.
So my form has the midwifes signature and reg number but there's no stamp in the box.

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Luckyme30 · 09/06/2020 09:44

When are we supposed to get them? I’m not due to see my midwife until 28 weeks but thought we got this form before then?

Superscientist · 09/06/2020 10:20

You can get it from 25 weeks. I forgot to ask at both my 25 and 28 week appointments so asked about it when I phoned to book my 31 week appointment - I saw the midwife earlier that day for the 28 week check.
I asked work when they needed it and as I had given them the date I wanted to start my mat leave they were happy to get a copy when I got it given the circumstances

roxfox · 09/06/2020 10:22

I think either can do it. The stamp is necessary as that's how it's verified as legitimate.

Pre covid my midwife did it but she gave the form to reception to stamp for her as she didn't have a stamp.

Nowisthemonthofmaying · 09/06/2020 10:23

I think it only needs to be stamped by a doctor if it was signed by a doctor

Mine was signed by the midwife so it doesn't need a stamp - the midwife just has to include their reg details

Nowisthemonthofmaying · 09/06/2020 10:24

From the government guidance on completing the form:

4.4 Validate the form
For the MAT B1 to be valid, registered midwifes must include:

their Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) personal identification number
the expiry date of their registration with NMC

Doctors must use their name and address stamp.

BadAlice · 09/06/2020 10:48

As long as it has her NMC pin and expiry date it’s fine. I usually stamp them with the surgery or hospital address as well but it’s not essential.

sel2223 · 09/06/2020 12:28

I got mine at 29 weeks from the midwife.

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