Having a baby in Highland
Welcome to NHS Highland maternity and neonatal services
We provide care for you, from the very start of your pregnancy, during the birth of your baby and in the early days after birth, offering care, support, advice and information to you and your family during this exciting time in your life.
Our philosophy of care is to work in partnership with you to provide you and your family with a safe, friendly and effective service, aiming to provide the highest standard of care throughout your pregnancy, birth and during the first few weeks following your baby’s birth.
A named midwife will support you through your pregnancy. She will co-ordinate your care and explain all of your options to you. Finding a midwife to help you through your pregnancy is easy. If you know you are pregnant, visit your GP practice and ask for an appointment with a midwife or you can refer yourselves directly to our maternity services by contacting the community midwives.
Community midwife contacts can be found here
The booking appointment is your first major appointment and usually takes place between eight and twelve weeks of pregnancy.
Your midwife will give you a copy of "Ready Steady Baby", a guide to pregnancy, birth and early parenthood.
You can find a really helpful YouTube video of what happens at your first appointment here - it is also on the Ready Steady Baby website.
You can also get the information on the 'Ready Steady Baby' website and access to the app here - http://www.readysteadybaby.org.uk/