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Some women get pregnant quickly, but for others it can take longer. It’s a good idea to see your GP if you haven’t conceived after a year of trying.

Women aged 36 and over, and anyone who’s already aware they may have fertility problems, should see their GP sooner.

They can check for common causes of fertility problems and suggest treatments that could help.

Infertility is only usually diagnosed when a couple haven’t managed to conceive after a year of trying.

When the journey to parenthood becomes difficult, the Cotswold Fertility Unit can help in your next steps.

Further information about fertility can be found on the NHS website here


The Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit (EPAU) is an appointment run service based at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. In Gloucestershire many women who are experiencing bleeding or pain in early pregnancy are referred to the EPAU so they can talk to a specialist. Here women will be seen by a member of the EPAU team who will arrange any necessary tests.


The death of a baby is devastating to parents and their families. At the Women’s Centre based at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital they have two specially designed suites in which you and your family can spend time with your baby and prepare for your return home. You will be put in touch with one of their specialist bereavement midwives who will help you to find the best way for you and your partner to cope with your loss.

It may also help to talk about your feelings with other parents who have lost a baby in a similar way. SANDS (the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society) has a Gloucestershire branch, run by local midwives, and can offer you support and put you in touch with other parents who can offer friendly help.