Should you wish to become pregnant and require any medical advice in advance, please feel free to make an appointment any time.
Commonly recommended to most women who wish to become pregnant is to take a daily Folic Acid tablet, as there is good evidence that this protects the baby from a number of malformations.
Should you have any difficulty conceiving, again, please feel free to discuss this with practice nurse or doctor.
Following diagnosis of a new pregnancy your GP will discuss with you and arrange your required antenatal care, taking into account your general health, past pregnancies and past medical history on the one hand and our local situation on the other.
Normally the arrangements would be as follows
Sometimes these arrangements might not be suitable. You might require specialist care from one of Glasgow's teaching hospitals or simply have your own preferences in this matter. We will endeavour to come to suitable and safe arrangements.
While there is some evidence supporting the notion that home deliveries can under some circumstances be reasonably safe, these circumstances are not given in Lochgoilhead.
Safe home deliveries require the presence of a trained midwife and the backup of rapid, highly responsive ambulance services, obstetric flying squads and closeness to high quality obstetric centres for the (few but then often devastating) occasions when things do go wrong after all. None of this is available in Lochgoilhead. Attendance of a midwive might well require a journey of over one hour, 999 ambulances have a response time on good days of 30-45 minutes and a further hour of travel time to the nearest fully equipped obstetric unit. This means that while midwives and GPs will make every effort to help in situations of imminent danger you will be far away from the required specialist care.
All in all it is better to avoid such a situation and not to seek it actively.