Women now have the option to self-refer to NHS Lothian Maternity Services instead of needing a referral through their GP.
As soon as you know you are pregnant, the first thing to do is call Maternity Services on the new centralised booking number: 0131 536 2009. The line is open Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm.
During the phonecall they will take your details, and you will be given an appointment with the midwife for around 8-10 weeks in to your pregnancy, and a scan appointment for 11-14 weeks. They will then send you details of these appointments and some information leaflets within two weeks of your initial call.
For more information on the service, you can read the leaflet linked below, and for more information about keeping you and your baby well during your pregnancy, visit www.readysteadybaby.org.uk
If you would still like to see your usual GP during your pregnancy you can call, or ask at reception for an appointment. If your appointment is on an antenatal matter please ask for a double appointment, but if you wish to discuss something unrelated to your pregnancy then a normal 10 minute appointment is fine.
If you are currently planning, or trying to get pregnant, you can read our informative article on pre-pregnancy advice by Dr Kate Jordan.