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Updated 12 October 2015

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We are delighted to support you throughout this very special time and look forward to welcoming you and your partner to the Maternity Department very soon.

There are many choices to make and questions to answer which is why we have designed this section of our website to help you and your family have the best possible experience at this special time and hopefully answer some of your questions.

When you first learn that you're pregnant, get in touch with a midwife or GP as soon as possible. Although your first hospital antenatal appointment may not be until you are around 12 weeks pregnant, telling your GP and/or midwife promptly will help to make sure you receive maternity healthcare that takes into account all your health needs and preferences.

Am I pregnant? What should I be eating? Is it normal to be this tired? Whatever you want to know about getting pregnant, being pregnant or caring for your new baby, you should find it on .

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Your pregnancy, your choice

Why choose Colchester Hospital University Foundation Trust?

Colchester General Hospital is unique in being able to offer midwifery-led care to women at home, at one of two coastal units, Clacton and Harwich, Halstead Birthing Centre or at the Juno Suite, a co-located midwifery-led unit at Colchester General Hospital.

The Obstetric Unit at Colchester General Hospital is staffed by a team of midwives, obstetricians, anaesthetists, paediatricians and many specialist healthcare professionals.

Our aim is to offer choice, support, information and excellent care to you and your family throughout your pregnancy, during your labour and after your baby is born.

You and your family are placed at the centre of care and involved in all decision-making regarding your pregnancy, labour and birth. As you come to decide where you would like to give birth your midwife will discuss with you information you need to help you make an informed choice.

Take a virtual tour of our services, including our birthing rooms.