Pregnancy Care in Scotland

There is now a Self-referral website for all newly-pregnant women found at

for more information:

Information about electronic maternity notes

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Family Nurses are specially trained to help mum understand all about her pregnancy and how to care for herself and her baby. She will visit regularly during the pregnancy and then after the birth until her baby is 2 years old.

Any mum under the age of 26 will be offered the family nurse service as an alternative to the Health Visitor Service when she is seeing the midwife. It is the patient’s decision which service they would like to access. The family nurse partnership will send a letter to the GP confirming when a patient and her child are under their care.

They will share lots of info and discuss pregnancy, giving birth and looking after babies and toddlers, helping them prepare and deciding what is right for her and the family.

Pregnancy visits do not replace midwife care. All Health Visitor duties will be done by the Family Nurse until the baby is 2 years old.

The family nurse visits the baby every week till they are 6 weeks old and then will be offered 2 weekly visits until the baby is 2 years old. This frequency is led by the mum’s request.

Ready Steady Baby! helps you get ready for parenthood by taking you through the whole of your pregnancy from the early symptoms, through the antenatal care you will receive and on to advice on how to get through labour and the birth.

It provides a rough guide on maternity leave and benefits and can help you with the care of your baby for the first 12 months.

Trying for a baby

You’ve made the decision to try to for a baby. This section tells you how to get your body ready for pregnancy to keep you healthy, how to give your baby the best start in life, and how to improve your chances of getting pregnant. 

Your pregnancy

Find out everything you need to know about getting yourself as prepared as possible for becoming a parent and giving your baby the best start. . . 

baby2Labour and birth

Knowing what may happen during labour will help you feel prepared. Labour is different for every woman – and often for every baby she has. Health professionals describe it as being in three stages. Knowing what is likely to happen during each stage will help you plan and prepare for your baby's arrival – something you may feel both excited and nervous about at the same time. 

First days together

In the first few days after the birth, you and your new baby are getting to know each other. There’s a huge amount to learn – find out more about the best way to feed your baby, what practical steps you will need to take, and how you may be feeling.  

Growing together

Being a parent is exciting – but at times you may feel anxious. Here you can learn about what to expect from your growing baby, as well as information on immunisations, postnatal depression and weaning.

Before you are pregnant

Your pregnancy and labour

You and your baby

General pregnancy topics

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