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Pregnancy Visit Schedule

Planned Visits

  • 8- 10 weeks - Midwife (telehealth)

    Your first appointment at the WHS will ideally take place with the midwife between 8-10 weeks depending on when we receive your referral.

    This appointment is via telehealth or a phone call. See below for Telehealth link information, you will be given an SMS the morning of your appointment with the link.

    At this appointment your midwife will take a detailed history and discuss a range of topics with you, including when your baby is due.

    First Visit Pack

  • 10-12 weeks - Doctor (face to face)

    Your second appointment will be face to face with the Doctor at 10-12weeks which requires you coming in to Women’s Health Service.

    Whilst we aim for these first visits to be prior to the 12th week of your pregnancy this is not always possible due to late referrals and availability in clinic.

    At your first Dr Appointment they will:

    • Review results of all your tests and investigations including any scans you have had
    • Discuss your due date
    • Take a full medical, family and pregnancy and birth history
    • Blood pressure will be taken
    • Weight and height recorded
    • Discuss your wellbeing in pregnancy, including your emotional health.
    • Ask whether you and/ or your partner smoke, and provide advice about stopping smoking.
    • Discuss common problems in pregnancy
    • Discuss whether you are likely to have a straightforward pregnancy or whether you have more complex and diverse pregnancy needs.
    • Discuss First trimester screening options.
    • Order additional or ongoing tests you may require.
    • Discuss COVID vaccination in pregnancy recommendations
      Department of Health – Breastfeeding & COVID-19 vaccines
      RANZCOG – COVID-19 vaccination information
    • Discuss the types of pregnancy care available to you.

    This appointment is an opportunity to ask lots of questions, and we encourage you to do so!

    These first two appointments begin your pregnancy journey at the Women’s Health Service where you will continue to have regular appointments with the midwives and medical staff at the clinic.

  • 14 weeks - Doctor (telehealth)

    If prenatal testing such as the first trimester screen was ordered by the doctors at WHS then they will contact you via telehealth with your result at 14 weeks.

    If these tests were ordered by your GP please make an appointment with them for those results.

    If no testing was required then there is no need for this appointment

  • 18 weeks - Midwife & wellbeing appointment (face to face)

    This is a face to face appointment that provides an opportunity to discuss any questions or concerns you may have about your pregnancy or emotional wellbeing.

    Your blood pressure will be taken and your weight and height recorded if not done earlier. We will also listen to your baby’s heart beat with a doppler.

    If you do not have a radiology slip already for your 22 week morphology scan please let your midwife know.

    Here is the phone number for Warrnambool Radiology to make an appointment for the morphology scan: 5563 1504

  • 22 week- Doctor (telehealth)

    The Doctor will contact you to discuss your results from your morphology scan.

    If you have had a caesarean section in the past, the doctor will discuss with you your options for mode of birth with this pregnancy.

  • 24 week- Midwife booking in appointment (face to face)

    Please allow 40 minutes for this visit with your midwife, extra time is allocated so that we can provide you with details around having your baby at SWH, and book you into the hospital.

    Your midwife will also :

    • Check blood pressure.
    • Listen to your baby’s heart beat.
    • Measure your growing pregnancy (SFH – symphysis fundal height) with a tape measure. This a simple tool used in checking that your baby is growing at a consistent rate. If the midwife or doctor is concerned, they may order a formal ultrasound to check baby’s size and wellbeing.
    • Ask you about fetal movements and encourage you to sleep on your side from 28 weeks. Once you have felt your baby move (usually by around 20-22weeks) your midwife and doctor will ask you about your baby’s movements at each visit and encourage you to sleep on your side. This is an important aspect of reducing your risk of stillbirth.
    • Give Boostrix and fluvax immunisations if not already given.  Both are recommended to have during pregnancy due to the immunity it passes through to your baby. Fluvax can be given at any time during pregnancy. Boostrix is recommended after 20 weeks. Note: Please let your midwife know if you have had COVID vaccination within the last 7 days.
      Department of Health – Immunisations in pregnancy
    • Ensure you have the necessary pathology slips to be completed prior to 28 week doctor appointment. The glucose tolerance test (GTT) will need to be booked in 5563 1513
    • Discuss antenatal classes.

    Please present to admissions and bookings (ground floor) after your appointment to update your personal details.

    Booking In antenatal education pack

  • 28 week - Doctor (face to face)

    Please ensure that you have had your 28 weeks blood done 2-3 days prior to this appointment so the doctor can review these results with you. See Investigations in later pregnancy.

    If you have a negative blood group and are requiring Anti D, please present to WHS after you have completed the GTT for the outpatient midwife to administer the injection.

    This visit will also look at the following:

    • Review pathology results
    • Listen to baby’s heart beat
    • Blood pressure
    • Measure your growing pregnancy (SFH)
  • 32 weeks - Midwife (face to face)

    This visit will include the following:

    • Listen to baby’s heart beat
    • Blood pressure
    • Measure growing pregnancy (SFH)
    • Discuss Optimal-foetal-positioning
    • Ensure that you have a pathology slip to complete 36 week bloods, to be done a few days prior to your doctors appointment. If you are a negative blood group you will also be booked in with the outpatient midwife to give you your second Anti D injection at 34 weeks.
    • GBS screening is also offered as part of the 36 week blood test, Group B streptococcus swab (GBS). This test involves taking a vaginal and rectal swab sample to check for Group B streptococcus infection. It is usually a harmless bacteria in healthy adults, but during the birth process, GBS can possibly infect babies causing serious illness. This swab can be done at home and handed in with your other 36 week bloods.
  • 34 weeks - Midwife (face to face)

    This appointment will be added to your pregnancy schedule if you are classified as a high risk pregnancy by your doctor or midwife.

    Administer Anti D if negative blood group.

  • 36 weeks - Doctor (face to face)

    This visit will include the following:

    • Review bloods and Group B Streptococcus (GBS) status (ensure you have had test done a few days prior to this appointment)
    • Listen to baby’s heart beat
    • Blood pressure
    • Measure growing pregnancy (SFH)
    • Maternal Weight
    • Your doctor will discuss induction of labour, and book a future date if medically indicated. They will also inform you on pain relief options, perineal tears and episiotomy.
    • The doctor will feel your abdomen to determine what position your baby is in i.e. head down or breech. If your baby is breech at 36 weeks the doctor will discuss with you the possibility of performing an External Cephalic Version (ECV) to help turn the baby or book an elective caesarean section.
  • 38 weeks - Midwife (face to face)

    This visit will include the following:

    • Listen to baby’s heart beat
    • Blood pressure
    • Check and discuss your GBS result
    • Feel what position the baby is in, and if the head is engaged
    • Discuss signs of labour, ensure everything ready for baby’s arrival
  • 39 weeks - Doctor (face to face)

    This visit will include the following:

    • Listen to baby’s heart beat
    • Blood pressure
    • Feel what position the baby is in, and if the head is engaged
    • Discuss induction of labour (IOL) and book a post dates induction.
  • 40 weeks - Midwife (face to face)

    This visit will include the following:

    • Listen to baby’s heart beat
    • Blood pressure
    • Feel what position the baby is in, and if the head is engaged
  • 41 weeks

    At this ‘post date’ or ‘post term’ appointment it is recommended that you have a CTG (tracing of the baby’s heartbeat). This can take anywhere from 10min-2hrs. The doctor will also do a bedside ultrasound to check the amount of amniotic fluid around the baby.

    They will also check your blood pressure and feel your baby’s position.

Telehealth

At the Women’s Health Service, some of you visits where appropriate, may be online via a video call.

This will mainly occur at:

  • your 1st Midwife appointment
  • when doctors ring you for your results.

However, there may be other times during your pregnancy this will be appropriate as well and the Administrative staff will ensure you know which ones.

Video calling is as convenient as a phone call, with the added value of face-to-face communication. It can save you time and money, and brings your care closer to home.

To attend your video call appointment:

  1. Click on the link in the appointment reminder that will be sent to you the morning of your appointment, or you can scan the QR code.
    *If unable to connect using the link or QR code, please contact WHS on 5564 4363 and they will SMS you the link.
  2. Next, click on the Women’s Health Service Link. There is no need to create an account.
  3. Provide details as prompted (no information you enter is stored). Accept Terms and Conditions.
  4. You will have joined the call queue – WHS is notified when you enter the waiting room and either the reception staff will pick your call up to check you in or the doctor/ midwife will when they are ready for the consult. There may be some waiting time whilst you are in the queue.

What do I need to make a video call?

  • A good internet connection- If you can, connect to a home or work WIFI
  • A private area
  • On a desktop or Android tablet or phone – Google chrome web browser (recommended) or Firefox or Microsoft Edge or  On Apple desktop, iPad or iPhone- Safari web browser
  • Data- You don’t use any date while waiting for a clinician to join you but the consultation does. It uses less than half the data you would use while watching a YouTube video. If this is an issue please speak to the WHS reception staff and they can make it a phone call instead.

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Page last updated: 4 August 2022

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