Community Midwifery

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust provides community midwifery services to the women living within Walsall Borough.

Community midwifery is an integrated part of our maternity services, and works in partnership with GP’S, Health Visitors and Lifestyle service to ensure that the care that all women get from our services is regarded as holistic. We are a highly committed group of midwives with one aim; to provide excellent care and support throughout your pregnancy and parenthood journey with compassion and respect at all times.

Our main Community Midwives office is located at the back of Antenatal clinic. If you need to contact your midwife or you have any questions you can contact:

Community Midwives Office:  between 1pm and 4pm on 01922656248.

Midwifery Led Unit: 24hrs on 01922605420.

Community midwives provide care in a variety of venues including GP surgeries, health centres, children’s centres and our Midwifery led unit: https://www.walsallhealthcare.nhs.uk/mlu

Our team of community midwives is divided in four main areas which are:

  • Willenhall and Darlaston
  • Bloxwich and Beechdale
  • Town centre
  • Aldridge/Pelsall/Great Barr/Brownhills/Walsall Wood.

We recommend that you see your midwife for your first appointment between 8 and 10 weeks of pregnancy. You can book an appointment with the midwife through your GP surgery.

Every GP surgery in Walsall has an allocated midwife (Named Midwife). At the first contact with your midwife, you will be advised about diet, exercise, alcohol and smoking as well as taking your full detail medical, family and social history. It is also an opportunity for you to ask questions and raise any concerns that you may have at this stage.

If your pregnancy and past medical history is uncomplicated and there are no concerns with your current pregnancy then you will have midwifery led care with your named midwife being your lead professional. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, for example, diabetes, or high blood pressure or your midwife needs additional advice then you will be referred to Antenatal Clinic (https://www.walsallhealthcare.nhs.uk/antenatal-outpatients-.aspx) and  a consultant obstetrician will be your lead professional working in partnership with your named midwife to provide appropriate care. If you are booked for midwifery led care your midwife will continue to assess your pregnancy as it progresses and refer to a consultant should the need occur. Likewise your consultant obstetrician may decide following assessment that you are suitable for midwifery led care and refer you back for such care.

The midwife will offer you advice and support with your choices and decisions regarding your care.

All of our antenatal pathways are based on NICE guidelines and take account of the individualised needs of every woman who chooses to access our services.

More useful information is available in the NHS choices in pregnancy website:

http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby

We also recommend the Baby Buddy App which is free and full of useful up to date information regarding pregnancy, birth and your new baby.