Who should come to my antenatal appointments?

It is completely up to you who comes with you to your antenatal appointments.

You can take your partner, your mum, your sister, your friend, a social worker or anyone else who you feel will support you. Or you can go on your own if you prefer.

The booking appointment, which is the first appointment is the longest. The rest will be around 10-15 minutes long, if you are having an uncomplicated pregnancy.

If you decide to bring someone with you, the midwife may ask to see you on your own at least once in case there is anything you want to tell her that you don’t want to say in front of the other person.

You can also bring someone to your ultrasound scan appointments.

If you already have a child, you can bring them in too. 

Read more about antenatal care


National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, Antenatal care: routine care for healthy pregnant women, clinical guideline 62, London NICE, 2008

General Medical Council, Confidentiality guidance: sharing information with a patient’s partner, carers, relatives or friends, London GMC, 2014. Also available at:  http://www.gmc-uk.org/guidance/ethical_guidance/confidentiality_64_66_sharing_information.asp (accessed 27 May 2014)

Macdonald S, Magill-Cuerden J, Mayes midwifery, Edinburgh Bailliere Tindall Elsevier, 2012

General Medical Council, Intimate examinations and chaperones, London GMC, 2013. Also availabe at: http://www.gmc-uk.org/guidance/ethical_guidance/21168.asp (accessed 27 May 2014)

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