So, you’ve taken the test and there is it: a positive result. My first instinct was to book an appointment with my GP. Well, no, apparently here in Sweden that is not the way that things work. Instead, your first port of call in Stockholm should be Vårdguiden‘s website to find out which midwife clinics (BVC – barnmorskemottagning or MVC – mödravårdscentralen) there are in your area (click on “Hitta vård och omsorg” at the top of the page and then search for barnmorskemottaging in your area).
Once you’ve decided on a midwife centre, give them a call and make a “booking in” appointment. Generally, this will be in your 8th-10th week of pregnancy.
Be prepared to spend about an hour and a half at this first appointment. You’ll run through a lot: your health, that of your immediate family, dietary requirements during pregnancy, your smoking and/or drinking habits before pregnancy. The midwife will also take urine amd blood samples and test your blood pressure. You’ll leave there with a sheaf of papers and leaflets to browse through as well.
Shortly after, you’ll be contacted with a date for a 12-week ultrasound if you have chosen to take the NUPP test (for Down’s Syndrome) and for an 18-week ultrasound.
Then, I’m afraid to say, prepare to feel slightly abandoned until your next midwife appointment – not until after the 18-week ultrasound.
Maybe I have been very lucky with my midwife, as I have been able to email her with the few additional questions that I have had, so I don’t feel too cut off. It is a strange feeling though to enter this whole new world and then be left feeling a little alone dealing with it. Babyworld – it is a big, scary place…
But perhaps this is just how mollycoddled we are these days, that we feel we need someone to hold our hand every step of the way?0