The Integrated Antenatal Service (IAS) at UCLH is an innovative and evidence based service that offers all women a comprehensive package of antenatal screening and care.
Antenatal care and screening is an essential part of maternity care for all women. We provide a comprehensive antenatal package that includes state-of-the-art ultrasound screening, specialist obstetric and midwifery clinics and we work in partnership with other services to ensure the best possible outcome for you and your baby.
Your antenatal care
Your antenatal care will be provided by our midwives with access to specialist services when needed. Our antenatal care pathway is in line with NICE guidance.
We are committed to offering you continuity of care. To achieve this you will be assigned to one of our midwifery teams. Find out more about our midwifery teams.
Your midwife will consult with you if you need to be referred to one of the following specialist clinics:
- Antenatal classes (Parentcraft) - Antenatal classes (sometimes called parentcraft classes) can help you to prepare for your baby’s birth and learn to look after and feed your baby. (Currently suspended due to the pandemic)
- Maternity Fetal Assessment Unit (MFAU) – MFAU is an assessment unit where you will be seen by a midwife or doctor for problems that are outside of your routine antenatal appointments.
- Fetal Medicine Unit (FMU) – The Fetal Medicine Unit is a team of highly skilled specialists that offer diagnosis and treatment of complications which may arise in unborn babies.
- Maternal Medicine – The maternal medicine clinic provides care to women with either a pre-existing medical problem or a medical complication that arises during pregnancy. The clinic can receive referrals from your GP, midwife or the reproductive medicine unit.
- Maternity Diabetes Services – The maternity diabetes service sees women with diabetes and thyroid disorders for preconception and antenatal care.
- Multiple pregnancy specialist services – We have a dedicated multidisciplinary team (MDT) that offer individualised care for pregnant women and their families, when expecting twins, triplets or higher order multiple pregnancies.
- Fear of Birth Clinic -The fear of birth clinic helps first-time mums and those who have already given birth overcome their fears – ranging from anxiety to full-blown phobia, known as tocophobia.
- Vaginal Birth after Caesarean Section (VBAC) - Most women who have had a caesarean section can safely have a vaginal delivery for their next baby, known as vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC). Our birth options clinic ensures you are prepared to make the best informed decisions for you and your baby.
Anna joined UCLH in 2011, and has hands on experience of working in all of our maternity departments.
After some time leading the antenatal clinic, Anna has taken on the role of Interim Outpatient Matron, which encompasses the antenatal clinic, birth centre, community midwifery and fetal medicine unit.
Anna believes strongly in promoting equality in healthcare, facilitating choice in childbirth and the importance of high quality, compassionate care.