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Community Midwives

Melanie Sanders


I have been qualified as a midwife since 2000. I see all antenatal women throughout their pregnancy, initially at a 60 minute booking appointment when they are ideally between 8-10weeks pregnant. (This should be before they attend the hospital for their scan at 12 weeks). This initial appointment will be held at the Vale on a Friday morning (alternate Fridays only).

All Antenatal women are then seen by me from 16 weeks of pregnancy, every 4 weeks until they are 32 weeks and thereafter fortnightly. These follow up appointments are held in my regular Thursday Clinic at Cuckfield in the morning and at the Vale in the afternoon. Some higher risk women will then need to attend the hospital for additional appointments with an Obstetrician, but if low risk then all their antenatal care is carried out by their community midwife at the surgery, thereby ensuring continuity of care.

Health Visitors

A health visitor is a registered nurse who has received training particularly related to babies, children and pregnant women. Their role is to provide families with children under five years old with support and advice around the general aspects of mental, physical and social wellbeing.
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