Find out what to expect when you come to hospital for your appointment at the pre-pregnancy counselling service.

Before your appointment

You should receive your appointment within four weeks of referral, but we may be able to see urgent patients earlier than that. You are welcome to ask for a chaperone for your appointment and we will endeavour to provide one for you. You are also welcome to bring a family member or close friend with you. Please be sure to bring a list of medications you are taking, any relevant letters from your doctor or hospital, and any imaging reports you may have.

During your appointment

Please note that we are a teaching hospital, so medical students may be present for some appointments. If you do not wish to have them in the room please let the nurse or doctor know and the students will be asked to step outside.

Waiting times are typically up to 30 minutes, and you can expect your appointment to take 30 to 45 minutes. During your appointment, we will review your medical history and medications, and discuss the effects of pregnancy on the medical condition and vice versa. We will also discuss the risks of embarking on a pregnancy with your condition and develop a summary of a plan of care. In addition, we can offer advice about medication specific to pregnancy and your medical condition.

After your appointment

Your GP will receive a letter summarising the consultation and you will be advised to register with antenatal services when pregnancy has been confirmed. You will then be referred to the obstetric medicine clinic if required.