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Who can come to my antenatal appointments?

Going to antenatal appointments is an important part of having a healthy pregnancy. You may feel more comfortable and supported having someone with you, or you may prefer to come on your own. 

When you go to your antenatal appointments you might like to bring your partner (if you have one), friend or a family member. You can also bring your children. 

The midwife may also ask to see you on your own at some point during your antenatal care. This is so you have an opportunity to tell them anything that you might not want the other person to hear. Talk to your midwife if there is something private you don’t want written in your notes and would prefer to be kept confidential. 

The first appointment you have is usually the longest (around 45-60 minutes), it is called the booking appointment. The rest are usually around 10 to 15 minutes long. If you are at risk of any pregnancy complications or are having a multiple pregnancy for example, these appointments may last longer. 

Find out more about your antenatal care.

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, Antenatal care: routine care for healthy pregnant women, clinical guideline 62, London NICE, updated Feb 2019

NHS Choices, ‘Your first midwife appointment’

Review dates
Reviewed: 01 September 2020
Next review: 01 September 2023

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