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We used customised growth charts, as recommended by the perinatal institute (https://www.perinatal.org.uk/fetalgrowth/fetalgrowth.aspx).
At your first appointment your midwife will offer you the option of having this personalised growth chart to monitor the growth of your uterus. The chart is tailor made just for you and gives us a more accurate way of monitoring how things are.
We will also give you the option of having your blood pressure checked, we will offer to examine you to assess your physical health, and after 28 weeks your midwife will offer to examine your abdomen and listen to baby’s heart beat (you can hear this too).
Private scans and blood tests are not included in the price as these are normally provided free of charge by your local NHS hospital. Your midwife can arrange these for you. If you would like private scans and blood tests, we can arrange this for you at an additional charge.
A new birth pool and accessory kit will be delivered to your home at an agreed time when you are about 34 weeks pregnant.
This gives you time to open the pool, practice blowing it up and decide where it will be positioned.
You should inflate the pool and check all tap connectors as soon as possible after arrival so if there is anything else you need, you have time to arrange this before hand.
Typically your pool and accessory kit will include:
Most women who plan a home birth like the reassurance of having “gas and air” available should they need it. This is a medical gas that contains Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen and is known as Entonox. Entonox is very effective at taking the edge of labour discomfort, or as a short term pain relief if you need to have any stitches.
If you live in the UK, we can arrange for the gas to be delivered to your home and when your midwife arrives she can connect a hose so that you can access the gas at the appropriate time.
For most women, one cylinder of gas is enough but in some instances, your midwife may recommend you order more. You can add on extra cylinders if needed but we suggest you have everything you need before 36 weeks of pregnancy so you can relax.
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