Posted by admin at March 19th, 2007 I’ve got my first booking appointment with the midwife at Kings College Hospital. I am 18 weeks and 3 days pregnant and this is my FIRST appointment with a NHS midwife. I found this:

The National Institute for Clinical Excellence recommends that the booking appointment takes place before 12 weeks but this may vary slightly around the country

Clearly I fall into the ‘vary slightly’ category…and what’s a 6 week variation between a woman, her baby and her midwife hey?

OK, so this isn’t actually my first ever midwife appointment but only because I’ve gone the independent route so I’ve already had 3 check-ups but I mean what is going on here? That can’t possibly be OK can it? For women to be waiting until they’re nearly halfway through their pregnancy to see a midwife for the first time? Anyone got an email address for Gwyneth Lewis? She’s the government’s maternity tsar by the way…