The practice midwife, Lauren Keirle, is available in the practice on Thursdays. Patients who are unable to attend on a Thursday, can see a midwife on a Wednesday by booking in with Observatory Medical Practice, also based in Jericho Health Centre.
Antenatal care is usually shared between the GP and the midwife for uncomplicated pregnancies. Any problems are usually referred to the hospital obstetricians, with whom the midwife has regular contact. If you are making an appointment for a first booking please be aware that it is a one hour appointment.
The midwife attends deliveries at the community unit in The John Radcliffe Hospital and supervises the care of mothers and babies while there. She may also work shifts at the hospital (in the delivery suite, outpatient clinics or on the wards) as part of her professional development, and so there may be a different midwife in the practice some weeks.
Midwives visit mothers and their new babies when they return home. The midwife may also visit patients at home at other times (for example to check on arrangements for a home birth).