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Measles, Mumps and Rubella Vaccination

Catching rubella during pregnancy can be very serious for your unborn baby, causing a condition called congenital rubella syndrome (CRS). By getting immunised you will not only be protecting yourself but also reduce the risk of passing infections to others – including your new baby who cannot get protection from MMR vaccine until their first birthday.

The vaccine will also protect you and your baby in any future pregnancies. Two doses of MMR help protect against measles, mumps and rubella.
The vaccine cannot be given while pregnant and would be given at 6 weeks after birth.

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Northamptonshire MNVP

Northamptonshire Maternity and Neonatal Voices Partnership (MNVP) is a working group made up of women, birthing people and families.
The MNVP has been set up to listen to and speak for service users who have accessed local maternity and neonatal services, we want to hear what went well and what could have been done better.

The MNVP welcomes anyone who would like to become a member and support our ambitions and goals. Please feel free to email [email protected] for further information.

Further Information
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Maternity Service Wellbeing Walks

This is a manageable and leisurely walk, lasting around an hour, to help you get active and support your mental and physical health. Take some time out for you and your baby, meet other parents and parents to be, have a chat with midwives specialising in wellbeing and if you fancy, grab a coffee.

Walks will last around an hour however the team will be there for an hour after if you wish to stay and chat. Each walk will be in a different location with a different specialist Midwife. Please see "Agenda" for full details and then book onto the walk(s) to suit you.

Pregnant Mums or new parents, all welcome. Please feel free to spread the word. Other children welcome.

Further information on dates and times:
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Whooping Cough (Pertussis Vaccine)

Expectant mothers can help protect their babies by getting themselves vaccinated against whooping cough from 16 weeks. The vaccine is sometimes offered after the mid-pregnancy scan around 18 to 20 weeks.
The immunity you acquire from the vaccine will be passed to your baby through the placenta. This will help protect your baby in the frst few vulnerable weeks of its life until he or she is old enough to have the vaccine at 2 months of age. Babies are offered whooping cough vaccination at 8, 12 and 16 weeks of age as part of their routine immunisations

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Maternity Matters, Northamptonshire

Northamptonshire Maternity Services are committed to supporting people throughout their pregnancy journey and to help them understand their options to make informed choices about the care that is available. We are a partnership of organisations, women and pregnant people and their families steered by local, regional and national reports and guidelines. Working together, we want to make sure that, in Northamptonshire, all women, pregnant people, their families and babies have the best possible maternity experience. 

About the Local Maternity and Neonatal System (LMNS)
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Kettering Neonatal Services - Advice to mothers and families

Further Information

Just found out you’re pregnant?

If you have recently found out you’re pregnant – we’d like to know about it to make sure our midwives can start supporting you.

What to do next

Early pregnancy

0-12 weeks

If you’re 6 weeks or more pregnant and haven’t already registered your pregnancy with us you can do it online by completing the self-referral form.

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Mid pregnancy

13-27 weeks

Within the second trimester of your pregnancy (13-27 weeks) you will normally have three appointments.

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Late Pregnancy

28 weeks onwards

Within the third trimester of your pregnancy (28 weeks onwards) you will normally have seven appointments if this is your first baby or if you require closer observation.

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What is your local hospital?

During your pregnancy, you will need to decide where you would like to have your baby. If you are having a low-risk pregnancy, you have several options locally.

Northampton General Hospital Address

Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust




Tel: 01604 634700 Tell me more

Kettering General Hospital Address

Kettering General Hospital

Rothwell Road


NN16 8UZ

Tel: 01536 492000 Tell me more

Babies born in Northamptonshire 2023

7,390 Babies Born

4,182 Northampton

3,208 Kettering

134 Home Births