Pregnancy advice and information
It is recommended that all pregnant women take 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid each day. Ideally you should take this from before you are pregnant until you are 12 weeks pregnant. Some women, including those with a Body Mass Index over 30, are advised to take 5mg a day. Click to calculate your BMI
The Department of Health also recommends that all adults, including pregnant and breastfeeding women, need 10 micrograms (10mcg) of vitamin D a day, and should take a supplement containing this amount.
Click for more information about vitamins and nutrition, including details of the Healthy Start voucher scheme.
There is lots of information on this site about pregnancy and birth. You might want to take a look at information about screening in pregnancy and what to expect from each midwifery appointment during pregnancy before you meet your midwife. Please also see the booklet My Pregnancy and Birth Care Choices which you may wish to use alongside handheld notes.
To book your birth with us, please complete and submit the self-referral form below. Please allow 7 days for us to receive and process the referral.
Please do not complete this form until you are 6+ weeks pregnant.
After completing the form, you should contact your community midwives office at Princess Royal Hospital or the Royal Sussex County Hospital to arrange your first appointment with a midwife by the time you are 10 weeks pregnant. It is essential that you do this before attending your scan.
Please also print and complete the booking appointment questionnaire and pre-attendance form to take with you to your booking appointment. If you do not have access to a printer, you can collect a form from your GP surgery or local Children’s Centre.