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Ask a Midwife Newsletters 

The Ask a Midwife Facebook service is hosted by the LMS and staffed by our Project Lead Midwives Sarah Collins and Helen Smith.

It is for anyone who is being cared for/will be cared for at one of the HCV Hospital Trusts. Those accessing the service can ask any question about pregnancy of newborn baby care as described below.

who do I ask

York/Scarborough: @yorkandscarboroughbumps2babies

Hull/East Yorkshire: @heynhswc

North Lincolnshire/North East Lincolnshire: @nlagmaternity

For those without access to social media, questions can be emailed through to hullccg.hcvlms@nhs.net

AAM newsletters for HCPs are produced every month.

Maternity transformation in Humber, Coast and Vale

Maternity services in Humber, Coast and Vale are undergoing a transformation to improve the care and experience provided to women, families and babies.

The following roles have been appointed within our geographical area.

  • Sallie Ward is the Local Maternity System lead midwife who works across the whole of the Humber, Coast and Vale geographical area supporting transformational change in Hull, York, Scarborough, Grimsby and Scunthorpe hospitals, she can be contacted at sallie.ward1@nhs.net.
  • Claire Spear is the Better Births Implementation Lead at Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, she is leading on developing teams to provide continuity of carer to women and families within Hull and East Yorkshire.  There are currently four established geographically based continuity teams. Primrose Team in East Hull provides care to women and their families in HU9 1,HU9 2,HU9 3 and HU9 5, with a focus on improving engagement with smoking cessation services and support to help improve maternal and neonatal outcomes. Ivy Team are based in Beverley and provide a Maternity Support Worker led community based Glucose Tolerance Test Clinic for women identified to be at increased risk of gestational diabetes. Bluebell Team cover the Brough and Goole areas, encompassing HU15, HU14 and DN14. Poppy Team look after women living in Driffield, Market Weighton and Pocklington who wish to deliver their babies in Hull, utilising the labour ward or Fatima Allam Birth Centre. They provide maternity care in a vast area of The East Riding. For further information contact Claire on claire.spear2@nhs.net.”
  • A Better Births Implementation Lead for York and Scarborough Foundation Trust is supporting wholescale change at Scarborough hospital to provide continuity of carer for all women. Contact information TBC. 
  • Ann-Marie Robinson is the Continuity Midwife for Scunthorpe hospital and is leading on continuity of carer pathways in  Scunthorpe town and surrounding areas. Please contact Ann-Marie on nlg-tr.betterbirths@nhs.net.

Regular updates on how you can participate in the transformation of maternity services will be placed on this site, and if you would like to become involved please email hullccg.hcvlms@nhs.net.

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Your baby is now officially an embryo and is about the size of a poppy seed.

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/4-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Your baby is now the size of a kidney bean and weighs 1g. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/8-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Welcome to the second trimester!

Your baby is about the size of a small lime and weighs approximately 14g.

You have hopefully seen your midwife for your 'booking in' appointment, if you have not yet seen a midwife please make an appointment quickly, so you can have all of your choices about screening tests explained and offered to you.

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/12-weeks-pregnant/ for more information. You can also link to the 'Pregnancy Journey' area here.  


Your baby is about the size of an avocado and weighs approximately 100g. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/16-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Your baby has grown in length and is now the length of a small banana and weighs approximately 300g. Around this time you will be offered your '20 week' scan, also known as the 'anatomy' or 'anomaly' scan.Click here for more information about screening. 

This is a also a good time to talk and sing to your bump as your baby can now hear sounds. This is great way for you and your partner/family to bond with your baby.

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/20-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Your baby has grown again to the approximate length of an ear of sweetcorn and weighs about 600g. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/24-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Welcome to the third trimester!

Your baby is now approximately the weight of an aubergine; about 1kg and approximately 37cm in length. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/28-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Your baby now weighs approximately the same as a coconut; around 1.5kg. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/32-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Your baby is now around the same size as a lettuce, approximately 47cm long and weighs around 2.6kg. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/36-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Your baby is now the weight of a small watermelon which is approximately 3.3kg and around 50cm in length. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/40-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.