Pregnancy & Early Days

Personalised Care & Support Plans (PCSP)

Personalised care means that people have control and choice over the way their care is planned based on what matters to them, and their individual needs. 

A Personal Care and Support Plan (PCSP) is the result of discussions with your midwife or obstetrician (a doctor specialised in care during pregnancy and childbirth) about you, to build up a picture of your life and how this could affect your plans for pregnancy and childbirth.

Topics you may discuss include:

  • Family circumstances
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Previous pregnancies
  • Your preferences
  • Any extra support to meet your needs.
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How To Prepare

To get the most out of pregnancy planning with your healthcare professionals, you may want to think about some questions to discuss at your appointments.

These could include:

  • What options do I have?
  • What are the pros and cons of each option?
  • What information about support do I need to make my decision?

You don't have to decide everything all at once, and your view may change throughout your pregnancy, especially if you gain new information or your circumstances change. 

How To Record My Choices

Some hospitals provide personalised care and support planning booklets and others use an app where you can note down any thoughts, feelings and questions that you would like to ask. 


Who can Help?

You can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520 631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

If you are 11-19 you can text Chathealth on 07480 635060 for confidential advice from one of the Healthy Child Programme team.

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