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Referring yourself to Darent Valley Hospital

Referring yourself to Darent Valley Hospital

Congratulations on your pregnancy

To book your pregnancy care you do NOT need to visit your GP to obtain a referral to the hospital.  You can refer yourself by complete the online SELF REFERRAL FORM (HERE), or download the A PAPER FORM (HERE) (in MS Word) and send it to us on 01322 428192. Depending on your pregnancy and individual circumstances, you can choose to have your baby in our Midwifery led Unit, on our Labour Ward, or at home. IT IS OF HIGH IMPORTANCE THAT YOU REFER EARLY BEFORE 10 WEEKS  AS SCREENING BLOOD TESTS ARE NOW OFFERED BEFORE 10 WEEKS.

You can read our Maternity Brochure which will answers many of your questions on having a baby at Darent Valley Hospital.

What happens with your referral?

  • On receiving your self referral form to tell us you are pregnant, we will send you an email confirming we have received your form (only when an email address has been provided). 

  • We will arrange your first visit with a Midwife. This is known as the ‘booking’ visit.  It gives you the opportunity to meet your Midwife and start planning your pregnancy care. This will take place at your local GP Surgery or Children’s Centre, at your home, or in our Antenatal Clinic. You will be able to discuss the choices available to you at Darent Valley Hospital. This will take a few weeks to arrange.

  • You may also like to read the DVH Maternity Pregancy Information Booklet, which provides guidance on your Antenatal Care. 

Postal address for all enquiries and forms:

Community Midwives Office, c/o Delivery Suite, Darent Valley Hospital, Darenth Wood Road, Dartford, Kent DA2 8DA. To re-arrange any existing appointments contact the Community Midwives Office on 01322 428753, the local Children’s Centre or your GP.

Parent Education Classes

For further information on your pregnancy and birth choices including parent education classes visit the antenatal/parent education section of our website. You can book these classes yourself online.