Consultant Care Package with Dr Gibb and Dr Economides
This package is for women who would prefer to be looked after by Dr Gibb or Dr Economides. All antenatal consultations are with Dr Gibb or Dr Economides, and most scans are also with them, although we do like patients to also see our experienced sonographers during the pregnancy.
The Consultant Package includes all of the following:
Antenatal appointments with consultant
The first consultation is usually held at between 8-12 weeks of pregnancy and lasts about 1 hour. A consultant will discuss your needs and how the care is organised. We will usually do an ultrasound scan to confirm that your dates are correct. You will be given a report and some pictures of the scan. At this time you are able to discuss your expectations and concerns for the pregnancy.
You will have 12 routine appointments with the consultant. At each visit, your blood pressure will be measured and you will have a urine test and tummy assessment. We do not routinely weigh women but you can be weighed if you wish. Any concerns that are not an emergency can be discussed at this time. Each of these appointments lasts about 20-30 minutes. For consultant clinic times, click here.
Routine antenatal scans
These include an early pregnancy viability scan at 7-11 weeks, a nuchal translucency scan at 11-14 weeks, an anomaly scan at 21-23 weeks and a wellbeing/growth scan at 36 weeks. During your scans you will be given three photographs, and a video recording on iBabyScan as well as a report of the scan. (For more information about these and other scans, click here.)
At 26 weeks, you will be invited to attend a booking consultation with our midwife. This appointment usually lasts 1 hour. She will go through your medical history with you. Details of your pregnancy will be recorded in an obstetric book that The Birth Company will keep until you are close to delivery. This information will be transferred to The Portland Hospital’s computer records system. You will also be encouraged to attend antenatal classes locally. These will complement the classes later at The Birth Company.
Routine antenatal blood tests
The Birth Company routinely carries out the following tests for all mothers-to-be:
To check the level of iron in your blood and whether you need to take an iron supplement.
- Haemoglobin Electrophoresis
To check that you do not carry a tendency to thalassaemia or sickle cell disease.
To check your blood sugar level, to make sure your diet is maintaining a normal balance.
Although syphilis is virtually non-existent, this is a standard test for all pregnant women in the UK because syphilis can be acquired at birth.
To make sure you are immune to German measles.
- Hepatitis B
To make sure you are not a carrier.
- Blood group
If you have a Rhesus negative blood group, we will check to see if your partner is also Rhesus negative to determine if you will need Anti D injections at 28 and 34 weeks to protect your baby being affected by Rhesus sensitisation.
If you want us to do any other blood tests, please discuss this with us as there are many tests available.
Voucher for a Complementary Therapy
We have a range of therapists who are available to offer a range of treatments. When you book, you will be given a voucher for one session of any of our complementary therapies, with the compliments of The Birth Company, which you can use at any stage of your pregnancy. Contact our support team to book an appointment.
Antenatal couples class
We arrange an antenatal class for first-time mothers and their partners at about 36 weeks of pregnancy. Our classes are always on a Saturday morning to early afternoon. The classes are kept to small groups to ensure they are welcoming and friendly. Dr Gibb along with our midwife, facilitates the class, preparing couples for the practicalities of giving birth and what to expect in the early days after the birth. We provide refreshments and sandwiches and you will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the session.
Consultant delivery fee
The Consultant Package includes a delivery fee for one of the consultants to deliver the baby. You can expect Dr Gibb or Dr Economides to attend you and provide care during labour, dleivery and post natally until you go home.
24-hour telephone support
During the antenatal period you can contact a consultant via The Birth Company, which is open from Monday to Saturday. You will also be given a mobile phone number, which can be used out of hours.
6-week postnatal follow-up
Once your baby has been delivered and you have been discharged by The Portland Hospital, you will need about six weeks to recover from the birth. The rate of recovery varies greatly and there are a lot of factors that can affect this – for example, the type of delivery you have, if it is your first or subsequent delivery, and if there were any complications after giving birth. You will be seen by a consultant in the sixth week after delivery to confirm that you have made a full recovery. Women who have had a Caesarean section often have to wait the full six weeks before they can resume normal activities such as driving and exercise.