This is a specialist clinic which monitors and treats women who might be at a higher risk of preterm (premature) birth (between 24 and 34 weeks of pregnancy) or late miscarriage (16-24 weeks). The clinic is led by a Consultant in fetal medicine and obstetrics.
You have one or more risk factors for premature birth or late miscarriage in your current pregnancy. These may include:
If you have one or more of these risk factors, it does not necessarily mean you will have a premature birth or late miscarriage.
It aims to reduce your chance of pre-term birth or late miscarriage. We look at what happened during your previous pregnancy and the results of the tests you have in the clinic, to find out if you are at high risk of it happening again and whether you are likely to benefit from treatment or interventions. We will discuss your individual care plan with you at your first visit.
You have an individual care plan because not all treatments are appropriate or effective for all women. Your plan includes what may happen if something changes while we are monitoring you. We will also provide you with support and reassurance during what may be an anxious time. It is important to understand that while there is evidence to suggest the monitoring and treatment can reduce your risk, unfortunately not all miscarriages and preterm births can be prevented.
We will offer you one or more of these investigations, depending on your risk factors:
All of these tests are safe for you and your baby.
What treatment will I be offered if I am high risk of preterm birth or late miscarriage?
There are a number of treatments which we may offer you up to 24 weeks of pregnancy. These include one or more of the following:
If you are at high risk after 24 weeks of pregnancy, we may offer you steroid injections to help your baby’s lungs develop.
If you would like to know more about any of these treatments please ask a member of the team for information.
You will see a Midwife and Obstetrician at each visit. They will provide all your antenatal care whilst you are coming to the clinic. It is not necessary to make separate appointments unless you would prefer to do this.
Contact the lead consultant for the clinic or one of her team, via the Antenatal Clinic phone number opposite. Your Obstetrician or Midwife may also be able to answer any questions you have about your treatment.
The COVID-19 and flu vaccine is safe and effective at any stage of pregnancy.