Our Information Leaflets
Title - Cannabis Use in PregnancyDescription - Cannabis is the most widely used illegal substance in the U.K.
Title - Drugs & PregnancyDescription - If you are using drugs, here is some information to help you.
Title - Third- and Fourth-Degree TearsDescription - For some women, a tear that happens at delivery may be deeper than average and extend into the muscle that surrounds and controls the anus (this muscle is known as the anal sphincter). Tears like this are known as “third- or fourth-degree tears” (also known as an obstetric anal sphincter injury/OASI). They happen in up to 6 out of 100 births (6%) for first time mothers and less than 2 in 100 births (2%) of births for women who have had a vaginal birth before.
Title - You and your premature babyDescription - This leaflet is written for parents who are at risk of having a very premature baby (delivering between 22 and 25 weeks of pregnancy). We will help you to make some important choices about your care before and during labour if this was to happen. This leaflet contains important information to help you decide what would be best for you, your baby and your family. We are happy to go through this leaflet with you to explain things further and give you a chance to ask questions. The obstetricians (doctor who look after pregnant women) and neonatologist (doctor who look after sick newborn babies) will discuss with you what it may mean for your baby if he or she delivers early. Babies born very prematurely may not survive or may have long term problems. These problems are set out in more detail below. The chances of survival depend on many factors including how many weeks into the pregnancy you are, birth weight, any abnormalities picked up on scan, how strong they are when they are born and whether there is any infection present. You will be offered a visit to the neonatal unit, which is where your baby is likely to receive specialist care, if delivered early.