Antenatal clinical general information

The first Booking-in antenatal visit

All women, regardless of their model of care (ie Obstetric, GP or midwife led) will have their Booking in visit with a midwife at the Armidale Maternity Unit. This is a comprehensive visit where we will discuss your previous medical history, family medical history, and your general well-being. This is to determine ways we can provide you with appropriate care and support throughout your pregnancy and to ensure your pregnancy care meets your needs.

You can expect your first appointment to take about one and a half hours. Please arrive at the clinic at least 10 minutes prior to your appointment time, this will allow time to complete your paperwork before you see the midwife. A client registration form will need to be completed this includes details of Medicare card, any health insurance, next of kin, etc and will be reconfirmed on your admission. Your partner or support person is always welcome at your visits, but due to the length and personal nature of your first visit, we ask that you attend this appointment alone where possible.  Your next appointment will be booked before you leave your booking visit should your chosen model of care be hospital based.

Specialty obstetric care

We have a range of specialist services for women with broader issues that may affect their well-being during the pregnancy, including women with physical or intellectual disability, or concerns with substance use. This is in the form of a High Risk clinic which operates twice per week. There are also specialist clinics for women with conditions such as diabetes or other medical conditions that may impact on the pregnancy or the baby’s well-being.

These services have staff with expertise in social support, mental wellbeing, counselling, diet, physiotherapy, peer support.
If you need support from specialist services, it will be arranged by the midwife completing your booking visit or by the team providing your pregnancy care. Referral may be required to another specialist services outside of this local area, such as John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle and will be determined on a case by case assessment.

Waiting times

The Antenatal Clinic at Armidale Hospital is often very busy. While we make every effort to keep appointment times, the clinic does sometimes run late. We ask for your patience during these times and will endeavour to keep you well informed. 

Ultrasound and pathology results

Routine antenatal care involves blood and urine tests, and ultrasounds examinations. These test results are made available to you at your next antenatal visit appointment. All abnormal results that require follow up will be communicated to you by your care provider. We ask that, where possible, that you do not phone for test results.

Students at Manning

The Armidale Hospital is a teaching hospital, providing important training opportunities for a wide range of health care professionals. Students are always under the direct supervision of an experienced practitioner. You will be asked permission before a student observes or participates in your care and you have the right to say no. Your wishes will be respected at all times and this will not affect your care. 

Our future midwives, the midwifery students are available to share your pregnancy journey with you, and can provide a familiar face throughout your pregnancy, birth and postnatal experience. Speak to your midwife if you would like to be part of this special program.

Research participation

You may be invited to participate in research projects taking place at the Armidale Hospital. These projects are designed to increase our knowledge about pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period, so that we may improve our services for your care and for women in the future. Participation in research is completely voluntary. The standard of care you receive will not be affected in any way if you choose not to take part.

Overseas Visitors or those who don’t have a Medicare card

Armidale Hospital is a public health care facility. All patients must have a Medicare card. Women not eligible for Medicare benefits will be asked to pay a fee at each visit; this may be reimbursed later by their own Health Insurance Fund.