Meet Your Antenatal Team


A Midwife is the expert in normal pregnancy and birth.  Community midwives are based at GP surgeries and Children’s Centres and may also visit you in your home.  You should have one community midwife who will look after you throughout your pregnancy and for between 2 – 6 weeks after the birth of your baby.  Hospital midwives are based at Pinderfields and Dewsbury hospitals and will support you whilst you are delivering your baby.


An Obstetrician is a doctor who specialises in the care of women during pregnancy, labour and after birth. Your midwife or GP will refer you for an appointment if they have a particular concern, such as previous complications in pregnancy or chronic illness. You can ask to see an obstetrician if you have any concerns that you want to discuss.


An Anaesthetist is a doctor who specialises in providing pain relief and anaesthesia. If you decide to have an epidural for pain relief during labour, it will be given by an anaesthetist, who's responsible for making sure you stay pain-free throughout your labour.

If you need a caesarean section or instrumental delivery, for example with forceps or ventouse (a vacuum device that helps deliver the baby's head), an anaesthetist provides the appropriate anaesthesia.


A Sonographer is specially trained to carry out ultrasound scans. A sonographer will perform your dating, nuchal translucency and anomaly scan. Some women are also scanned at other times in their pregnancy.

Health Visitor

Helath visitors support new parents and work with children up to the age of 5.  Their job is to promote good health, to support child development and to recognise if children or families need any extra help.  Health visitors work in the community and visit people at home.  You will normally get to meet your health visitor when you are around 32 - 36 weeks pregnant so that she can tell you about the service and get to know you before the baby is born. 


Find out what pregnancy and early years events are being held.


Share your thoughts, stories and advice on our new community forum.


A comprehsive list of available online resources to help you through your pregnancy.

Phone Book

Key contact details for local hospitals and support services.