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A membrane sweep is an internal assessment of the neck of the womb (cervix) to assess the likely hood of potential labour. Following this assessment a sweeping or stretching of the neck of the womb away from the membranes (bag of fluid the baby lives in ) is performed. Following the success of the sweep it is usually accepted that labour may commence with in 72 hours. A sweep can be performed from 39 weeks of pregnancy. If you have had bleeding in pregnancy, known to have a low lying placenta or have had a previous caesarean section, we do not recommend membrane sweeps.
Having a baby or becoming parents can be the most daunting time of all. SEE YOUR BABY conduct monthly antenatal classes to prepare the most novice or slightly informed couple about the potential during the birthing process and when your baby comes home with you. We covering various topics with in a 4 hour session. These include Stages of labour, position for birth, the role of the father, mechanisms of labour, pain relief, baby feeding including breast and bottle. What the expect when you return home can be very daunting. This session will visit signs of a well and unwell baby, safe sleeping and not forgetting how to help each other be the best parents and partners possible.
Membrane Sweep £40
Classes Start at £55
Conducted by Katie Adams, a full antenatal check will include a blood pressure, urinalysis and palpation to assess baby’s position (tummy assessment).