We introduced our online pregnancy registration form in November 2019.
The form, which replaced the old method of calling a community midwifery hub, has proven so popular and easy to use that 1,000 expectant mothers-to-be have used it to register their pregnancy in just three months.
Anita Scott, specialist lead midwife for the Trust, said: “The form is really easy to complete and gives us all the information we need to put together the best care plan for their individual needs.
“Our community midwives are in a much better position to deliver the right care if we know as much as possible before making our first appointment.
“I can’t believe it’s been taken up so quickly by our expectant mums-to-be. One thousand registrations in three months is more than we ever imagined.
“The message is out there that this is the best way to register a pregnancy.
“In fact, it’s been a bit too successful. We’ve had expectant mothers from London registering with us by accident and we’ve had to contact them to let them know we can’t deliver their baby!”
Thinking of choosing us to help deliver your baby?
We currently offer Continuity of Carer pathways, according to the NHS long term plan, for groups of low risk women, pregnant teenagers, those women who may have a booked caesarean section and diabetic mothers. Please ask your community midwife if you can benefit from this care.
You can have your baby:
- at home
- at the maternity unit under midwife led or consultant led care at the University Hospital of North Tees maternity unit
- At the Rowan Suite at Hartlepool, should your pregnancy and location fit within the criteria
If you decide to deliver at home and there are any complications, you will be transferred to University Hospital of North Tees by ambulance. We are therefore reliant on the ambulance service and its response times for the speed of the transfer.