Congratulations on your pregnancy! This article is for you if you are in early pregnancy and wondering “what’s next?”. As a midwife working in the UK, these are the 5 questions I ask my clients during their first appointment. To have the answers before you get there gives you a head start, helps you to feel more prepared, calm and confident, and helps the appointment run smoothly. 1. What Sort of Birth Do you Want? Labour and birth may seem very far off in the distance at the moment but this is an important question to consider as it effects where you book. In the UK, you can choose to book (i.e. register with) with your preferred hospital so this question is very important. For example, if you really want to labour in the pool, or have a pool birth, registering with a hospital that has 1 pool won’t be right for you. Have a look at the hospitals in your area. Often they will have virtual tours on their website that you can take which can be a good place to start. If you want a homebirth, you can also explore which hospitals near you have a homebirth team.…

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