"Direct to Midwife service - perhaps someone should tell the midwives"
About: Royal Bolton Hospital / Maternity care Royal Bolton Hospital Maternity care BL4 0JR
Posted by first_time_parents (as ),
We recently found out my wife was pregnant and found that there was a service allowing access direct to midwives; a telephone service called 'Direct to Midwife'.
As it was New Years Eve when we found out we tried to use this service rather than wait to see our GP after the holiday periods. We rang the number and spoke to a helpful woman who gave us the direct number for Bolton Midwives (why Bolton can't simply advertise this is a little beyond this). We then duly rang the Bolton number and spoke to someone who had never heard of 'Direct to Midwife' (and took a lot of convincing that I didn't mean NHS direct) - she then said Bolton doesn't work like that and you have to go to your GP - so over 2 weeks later we have now seen the GP and finally have a midwife appointment at the end of the 10th week of pregnancy. The news story on the trusts website states "Midwives are specially trained to provide care during pregnancy, birth and after the baby is born. Greater Manchester midwives want to hear from all women as soon as they know they are pregnant so we can start to care for you and your baby."
It's a shame the midwives don't seem to be aware of this service.
It will have taken us 5 weeks from discovering we were expecting to first seeing a midwife - I only hope the service improves once we actually see a midwife.