Antenatal Care

Looking after you, your family and your unborn baby is of great importance to us at East Lancashire Hospitals Trust.

We aim to give you the very best care and help you to have a positive pregnancy and enjoy a very exciting time in your life.

You can attend antenatal support in a wide range of settings in Blackburn with Darwen and East Lancashire.


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Contacting a Midwife

Once you know you are pregnant you can contact your midwife by either contacting or visiting your GP or your local Children’s Centre in order to arrange an appointment with a midwife.

A booking appointment with a midwife will be arranged and she will ask you a series of screening questions which will assist you with your choice of type of care.

It is important to make contact with a midwife as early as possible in your pregnancy as this results in early information regarding health and screening information. This can help the health and wellbeing of both mother and baby reducing the chance of complications and ensuring babies get the best start.

Antenatal Screening

A full antenatal screening programme is offered to all women and discussed in full at the booking visit.

Screening tests are non-invasive but are not diagnostic. There is support from a screening midwife for women if tests are positive.

Where abnormalities or severe complications are found there is an excellent referral service to the larger centres in the North West where more specialized care can be given.


Hospital stays during your pregnancy

There are many reasons why you may be admitted to hospital during the antenatal period and we realize that this can be a very anxious time for you and your family.

Antenatal Inpatient services are provided at Lancashire Women and Newborn Centre at Burnley General Hospital.

The ward provides 16 antenatal beds for women admitted during their pregnancy. There are three bays with four beds in each and four single side rooms.

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