Complicated pregnancy

Complicated Pregnancies

There will be some women whose pregnancies are considered more complicated, if this is the case you will be referred on to a specialist services to help ensure the most appropriate antenatal care.

Sometimes your midwife will ask you to come to the hospital to see a doctor (obstetrician) if she has any concerns about you or your baby. She will ask you to come to either the clinic or the Day Assessment Unit (DAU).


Day Assessment Unit (DAU)

The DAU provides antenatal care in addition to the routine care. It is for the women who need more intensive monitoring, clinical care or support that can be given in the community setting, but less than on the ante-natal ward. It provides a facility for frequent outpatient assessments with access for all women with complications.

You will be sent to the DAU if the midwife has any concerns about the following-

  • Reduced fetal movements

  • Raised blood pressure

  • Slight vaginal Bleeding (spotting)

  • Spontaneous rupture of membranes at term

  • Post Term – over 42weeks

  • Oligohydamnious (too little fluid around the baby)

  • Polyhydramnious (too much fluid around the baby)

  • Intrauterine Growth Restriction (baby felt to be small for dates)

  • Itching in pregnancy

  • Pre–op Clerking



If you are booked to have your baby at the princess royal hospital area the obstetricians are –

  • Mrs Bashir

  • Mr Kalu

  • Mr Ogueh

  • Mr Gayen

  • Mr Fouad

  • Miss Brown

If you have seen any of these doctors before you will be asked to go to their clinic, if not you will have a choice over who you see.

If you are booked to have your baby in the Royal Sussex county Hospital area the obstetricians are –

  • Miss Montgomery

  • Mr Howell

  • Mr Bradley

  • Miss Brown

  • Mr Holden

  • Mr Kelly

  • Mr Abdu

  • Mr English

  • Mr Kelada

  • Mr Ajala

  • Mr Morgan

Again if you have seen any of them before you will be booked into their clinics otherwise you can choose who you see.

The clinics are run from the hospitals and are generally in the mornings.


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