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Lead maternity carers

Once you know you're pregnant, you need to think about finding a lead maternity carer (LMC). An LMC looks after you during your pregnancy, during your labour and giving birth, and after the birth of your baby.

You may register with an LMC as soon as you become pregnant, and it's best to register during your first trimester (if possible, by nine weeks). If you're further along in your pregnancy and you haven't registered, you should register as soon as possible.

Your LMC can be a midwife, a general practitioner (GP) (although most GPs are not trained as LMCs), or a specialist obstetrician. You may also receive first trimester care (up to the 12th week of pregnancy) from a GP, even if they're not your LMC.

The following links provide information about midwives in your area and about what you can expect from your LMC.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by midwife liaison, Canterbury DHB. Last reviewed June 2018.

See also:

Antenatal tests and screening

Midwives

Page reference: 67839

Review key: HILMC-67839