Pregnancy Care

Not all pregnancies are the same and your care needs to be tailored to suit your individual pregnancy needs.

Firstly, visit your General Practitioner (GP), who will confirm your pregnancy and perform a general health check-up.

You will need to decide who you will see you during your pregnancy care (this is called antenatal care).

There are different types of care depending on your need during pregnancy.

If you are healthy, have no medical issues and considered low risk by your GP, you may choose to continue with your GP led care or shared care between your GP and a midwife or the KYM (Know Your Midwife) Program. Your GP will be able to discuss these options with you.

 

When to see your Doctor

Unless otherwise requested, you will be encouraged to see your doctor/GP, obstetrician or midwife monthly until 28 weeks, fortnightly until 36 weeks and weekly thereafter.

 

You should see your GP or hospital Doctor if you experience any of the following:

 

  • a significant decrease in foetal movements (baby is not moving)
  • abdominal or back pain
  • any vaginal bleeding during pregnancy
  • unusual headaches and/or blurred vision
  • fainting

 

You should call the Maternity Unit (03) 5623 0751 if you experience any of the following:
  • a change in your baby’s normal movements
  • abdominal or back pain
  • any vaginal bleeding during pregnancy
  • unusual headaches and/or blurred vision
  • fainting

 

When you should come to hospital

You should come to hospital:

  • whenever you are unsure about what is happening to you
  • if you think you are in labour
  • if your ‘waters’ break (known as membranes rupture)

You may be in early labour and still be able to remain at home. A phone call to the hospital may reduce your anxiety and prepare staff for your arrival if necessary.

Please call our Maternity Unit (03) 5623 0751 prior to arriving at the hospital.

If you arrive at the hospital between the hours of 8.00pm and 6.00am, please enter via the Emergency Department.