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Antenatal Clinic

The Women's Health Services works closely with the Maternity Unit to ensure we offer the best possible care for you, your baby and your family.

Pregnancy is an exciting and life-changing journey. Women’s Health Service is here to support women and their families with highly-skilled health professionals providing personalised care throughout pregnancy. We aim to equip both women and their families with the skills and knowledge they need around their pregnancy, the birth of their baby and the early weeks following.

The team of midwives and obstetric doctors at Women’s Health Service provide the following pregnancy services:

  • Antenatal Clinic- Midwifery/Obstetric led pregnancy care: These are routine Antenatal appointments that are shared between both Midwives and Obstetric doctors.
  • Early Pregnancy Assessment Service (EPAS) clinic. These are early pregnancy appointments referred by your GP. These are with our Obstetric doctors for women with high risk pregnancies that need to be seen prior to the usual first visit. This will need to be requested when the antenatal referral is being made.
  • Shared Care: This is shared care between your GP and our obstetric team. Care can be shared between your GP and our obstetric doctors if your doctor is accredited to do so. This needs to be requested when your GP is making your antenatal referral.

Patient information

  • How do I access this service

    For these pregnancy clinics, please see your GP as soon as you think you are pregnant. They will then refer you to the Women’s Health Service. Once Women’s Health Service receive your referral they will contact you regarding your appointment and future pregnancy care.

  • What do I bring

    All Information your GP has given you in regards to this appointment, results & ultrasounds if possible.
    Medicare card, a list of all medications that you are currently taking, plus any relevant cards (example Health Care Card).

Health professional information

  • How do I prepare my patient for an appointment

    Referral to Women’s Health Service.  Discuss with the patient: When the baby is due. Previous obstetric and gynaecology information including previous pregnancies, miscarriages, cervical screening history. Medical history, and also family history which might include factors such as diabetes, genetic conditions, heart problems, cancer etc. and patient’s emotional health and wellbeing.

    Review any medications they are currently taking and ensure they are safe to use in pregnancy. All women should commence pregnancy vitamins and, if high risk for neural tube defects or diabetes, commence ADDITIONAL 5mg of folic acid.

    Arrange Tests: Beta HcG, Blood group & Antibodies, FBE, Hep B, Hep C, Rubella, HIV, MSU, syphilis.

    Ultrasounds:

    • Order Dating ultrasound
    • Order 13 week early anatomy scan if desired (11 weeks 3 days – 13 weeks 6 days). If ordering these, WHS will not be responsible for giving the patient the results, so please ensure they have access to results.

    Prenatal Testing; Prenatal screening should be discussed and ordered if required, either first trimester screening which includes Nuchal Translucency test or NIPT. If ordering, please follow up results with the patient and send results to WHS.

    Clearly state on the antenatal referral if you are requesting an EPAS appointment and the reason an early appointment is being requested.

    Clearly state if patient is wanting to be assessed for shared care.

Page last updated: 7 March 2022

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