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Maternity care options

If you plan to have your baby at a Metro South Health hospital, you can choose the model of care that best suits the needs of you and your (growing) family. The following options of maternity care are available within Metro South Health Hospitals.

GP shared careShared care with your GP

Your GP will be the primary health care provider during your pregnancy, with the hospital's specialists and midwives present at the birth.

This option is ideal for women who prefer to have the majority of their visits with their GP.

It is recommended you attend visits at the hospital for booking-in at 12-14 weeks, and at 20, 36 and 41 weeks.

Team midwifery care model

A team of midwives will care for you during your pregnancy and birth.

If your pregnancy is uncomplicated, you may choose to attend this clinic where you will be cared for by the antenatal clinic midwives.

If you experience complications during your pregnancy an obstetrician will be involved in your care and see you at the hospital antenatal clinic along with the midwives.

Midwifery Group Practice

You will be cared for by the same midwife supported by a small group of assisting midwives.

Available to eligible women (e.g. geographically isolated women, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander women, or women under 18 years). 

In this model women are cared for by the same group of midwives throughout the pregnancy, labour, birth and afterwards at home. This gives you and the midwives the opportunity to get to know each other and develop a partnership through out your care. Appointments may be in the hospital, at home or in the community.

You will be allocated a 'Named Midwife' who will oversee your care and consult with the obstetrician as needed. You will usually be able to return home within 6 to 24 hours after birth with home visits up to 2 weeks. 

Obstetric care

For high risk pregnancies. You will be cared for by a team of specialist doctors and midwives.

Women who have existing medical conditions such as diabetes, epilepsy, high blood pressure, heart disease or develop problems during their pregnancy are provided with a combination of visits from doctors and midwives. Obstetricians are specialists in dealing with complications that arise in pregnancy.

Private antenatal and postnatal care

Led by a private midwife.

A private midwife or midwife in a team will provide all of your care including when you have your baby and for up to 6 weeks after the baby is born. You can choose your own midwife, but they must have admitting rights to the hospital you plan to deliver at.

You will be responsible for the cost of private midwifery care. Medicare rebates are available.

Last updated 17 May 2015
Last reviewed 17 May 2015