Antenatal Booking: Self-Refer your Pregnancy

In order that we can make your first appointment for you to meet us, you'll need to self-refer your pregnancy using Badger Notes. We aim to see you before you are 12 weeks pregnant.

Community Midwifery Service

The Community Midwifery teams are based at a variety of places such as GP surgeries, Health Centres, Clinics or Children’s Centres. Where you see yours will depend on where you live.

Antenatal Appointments & Care

Read about antenatal appointments and care on

Routine Screening Tests & Scans

Information about routine screening tests and scans

Antenatal Mental Health & Wellbeing

Information about antenatal mental health & wellbeing.

Getting to know your Baby

During pregnancy your baby’s brain is developing and growing very quickly. While you are pregnant you can help your baby’s brain to grow as you start to get to know your baby.

Pregnancy & Existing Medical Conditions

Read information about pre-existing medical conditions. 

Birth after a Previous Caesarean

Information about birth after a previous caesarean.

Smoking in Pregnancy

Smoking during pregnancy is linked to numerous health complications for both mother and baby.

There are thousands of harmful chemicals in cigarettes that enter the bloodstream and are passed to the developing baby.

Calm and Confident Hypnobirthing @ NBT

Hypnobirthing is an antenatal education programme that teaches you and your birth partner simple but specific self-hypnosis, relaxation and breathing techniques for labour and birth.

Pregnancy Complications

Read information about pregnancy complications. 

Fetal Medicine

If you are referred to the Fetal Medicine Unit for a specialist opinion, information and possibly for further tests please read the following.

Blood Transfusion

We want to be sure that we treat every woman in a way which recognises her individual choices or religious beliefs. North Bristol NHS Trust has an active programme to reduce blood loss and reduce the number of blood transfusions given to all women.

Badger Notes at North Bristol NHS Trust

We've introduced the Badger Notes app to improve access to your pregnancy information, and deliver a better - and safer - care experience.

Update guidance September 2023: If you’re pregnant you should avoid eating ready-to-eat cold smoked or cured fish.

The Food Standards Agency has issued new advice to pregnant women on eating cold-smoked and cured fish, such as smoked salmon, smoked trout and gravlax. These products can carry the bacteria listeria which causes the food poisoning illness listeriosis. If you’re pregnant, listeriosis can have severe consequences.

For more info on what you can do to reduce the risk of becoming ill due to listeria, visit

Read information about pregnancy on

Finding out you're pregnant white logo on blue background

What happens and things to think about when you're first pregnant.

Antenatal checks and tests white logo on blue background

During your pregnancy, you'll be offered a range of tests, including blood tests and ultrasound baby scans.

Pregnancy, breastfeeding, fertility and COVID-19 vaccination white logo on blue background

It's strongly recommended that you get vaccinated against COVID-19 if you're pregnant or breastfeeding.

Keeping well in pregnancy white logo on blue background

How to look after yourself and your baby while you're pregnant.

Vaccinations in pregnancy white logo on blue background

Some vaccines, such as the inactivated seasonal flu vaccine and the whooping cough vaccine, are recommended during pregnancy to protect the health of you and your baby. An inactivated vaccine does not contain a live version of the virus it is protecting against.

Your baby's movements white logo on blue background

When you'll feel your baby move. You should start to feel your baby move between around 16 to 24 weeks of pregnancy. If this is your first baby, you might not feel movements until after 20 weeks.#

Contact your midwife or maternity unit immediately if you think your baby’s movements have slowed down, stopped or changed. There are staff on the maternity unit 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Pregnancy-related conditions white logo on blue background

What to do about common symptoms, complications and existing conditions.

How to make a birth plan white logo on blue background

A birth plan is a record of what you would like to happen during your labour and after the birth. You don't have to create a birth plan but, if you would like one, your midwife will be able to help.

Giving birth to twins or more white logo on blue background

It's important to understand your birth options if you're expecting more than 1 baby.

Twins and triplets are more likely to be born early and need special care after birth than single babies.

Antidepressants white logo on blue background

As a precaution, antidepressants are not usually recommended for most pregnant women, especially during the early stages of a pregnancy.

Pregnancy, breastfeeding and fertility while using heparinoid white logo on blue background

Heparinoid and pregnancy. You can use heparinoid while you're pregnant. However, always check with your doctor or a pharmacist first.

Tommy's: Baby movements in pregnancy

Feeling your baby move is a sign that they are well.

Contact your midwife or maternity unit immediately if you think your baby’s movements have slowed down, stopped or changed. There are staff on the maternity unit 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Infections in pregnancy that may affect your baby white logo on blue background

Throughout life, we all encounter many viruses and bacteria.

This page is about infections that can cause problems in pregnancy, their symptoms and what to do if you're worried.

Have a healthy diet in pregnancy white logo on blue background

A healthy diet is an important part of a healthy lifestyle at any time but is especially vital if you're pregnant or planning a pregnancy. Eating healthily during pregnancy will help your baby to develop and grow.

Contact North Bristol NHS Trust Maternity

Contact a midwife to book for antenatal care or leave a message on 0117 4146743

Antenatal Clinic
Telephone: 0117 4146924 or 0117 4146925

Antenatal Assessment Unit (Quantock Assessment Unit)
Telephone: 0117 4146906

Assessment Ward (Quantock Ward)
Telephone: 0117 4146904 or 0117 4146905

Cossham Birth Centre, Kingswood
Telephone: 0117 4145150

Southmead Maternity Reception
Telephone: 0117 4146894

Mendip Birth Centre, Southmead
Telephone: 0117 4146900

Mendip Ward, Southmead (Postnatal / Transitional Care)
Telephone: 0117 4146901

Central Delivery Suite Reception, Southmead
Telephone: 0117 4146916 or 0117 4146917.

Percy Phillips Ward (Postnatal Ward)
Telephone: 0117 4146821 or 0117 4146822

Southmead Hospital Switchboard: 0117 9505050