Community Midwife Update

Message from Rachel Murdoch, Community Midwife in Dunbar.

I hope everyone is keeping well and staying safe during these uncertain times.

I just wanted to reassure everyone who is pregnant in the area that all appointments with myself are going ahead as scheduled, as antenatal and maternity care has been confirmed as an essential service by the government. With that being said, we are taking additional precautions to ensure we keep pregnant women and their unborn babies safe. To do this, we are aiming to minimise face to face contact to reduce exposure time, and so I will contact you prior to your appointment and conduct as much of this over the phone as possible. We will also be undertaking risk assessments to ensure that nobody displaying any symptoms of Covid-19 attends the surgery.

If you are newly pregnant and have a booking appointment with me in the coming weeks, I will contact you by telephone also.

This is the link to the most recent guidance from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists:…/covid-19-virus-infection-and-pre…/

Unfortunately, antenatal classes in Lothian have been temporarily suspended. Below are some useful links to NHS pages which contain some information which I would usually cover in class. You will also find information within the Ready Steady Baby book and Off to a Good Start book provided at your booking appointment.

WEEK 1…/…/what-happens-during-labour-and-birth/

WEEK 2…/pregnancy-a…/ventouse-forceps-delivery/…/pregnancy-and-baby/pain-relief-labour/

WEEK 3…/pregnancy-an…/breastfeeding-first-days/

WEEK 4…/pregnancy-and-baby/being-a-parent/…/pregnancy-and-b…/your-baby-after-birth/

I appreciate that this is an anxious time for anyone expecting a baby. Please feel free to contact me if you have any specific worries or concerns.
Thank you for your understanding.


Information about coronavirus for pregnant women and their families