Feeling your baby move is a sign that they are well. If you notice that your baby’s movements have slowed down, changed or stopped, it may be a sign that your baby is not well.
Contact your maternity unit immediately if you notice any changes to your baby’s movements. This could save your baby’s life. There are staff on the maternity unit 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Do not wait for your next midwife appointment. Seek advice immediately via your local maternity unit.
Midwives are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and there is always a midwife available at night time.
Contact your maternity unit immediately
Maternity Triage Contact Numbers:
Dudley: 01384 456111 (ext. 3053)
City: 0121 507 4181
Walsall: 01922 656967
Wolverhampton: 01902 695037
This guidance has been reviewed and adapted by healthcare professionals across the Black Country Integrated Care System.
Your local maternity unit is staffed 24 hours a day with obstetricians and midwives to help care for you, your baby and your pregnancy related health concerns. For health concerns that are not related to your pregnancy you are advised to see your GP, call NHS 111 out of hours, or attend A&E if it is an emergency.
Whilst you may have individual contact details for your community midwife, if you are concerned about your pregnancy we advise you call the maternity unit on the numbers provided because staff are available 24 hours a day. Please do not leave urgent voicemails or text on a community midwife’s phone.
GPs assess, treat and manage a whole range of health problems. They also provide health education, give vaccinations and can arrange referral to a hospital specialist should you need it. Whilst pregnant, you will have regular appointments with a midwife but it is still important to continue with any ongoing care from your GP.
NHS 111 can ask you questions to assess your symptoms, give you advice or can put you in touch with a GP out of usual working hours.
A&E departments provide vital care for life threatening emergencies, such as suspected heart attack or breathing difficulties. If you are not sure it’s an emergency, call 111 for advice.