Now that you are pregnant
Your care begins with your General Practitioner (GP), by confirming your pregnancy, taking a comprehensive health and medical history, ordering your blood tests and an obstetric ultrasound.
Your GP will write and send a referral to the Armidale Hospital antenatal clinic to initiate your care, and is usually done at around 12 -14 weeks.
Once Armidale Maternity Unit have received your completed referral, including all blood test results and scan reports, our ward clerk will then process your details and notify you by phone with an appointment time to have a booking in visit. Alternatively, once your referral has been sent, you can contact the Maternity Unit to make your appointment. This visit will be attended by a midwife at the Maternity Unit and usually occurs around the 18th to 22nd week of your pregnancy. During this visit, the midwife will discuss with you the options of care available for your pregnancy.
Where you have your pregnancy care will depend on your general health, your preferences, where you live and your previous birth experience.
For Aboriginal women or those women with Aboriginal partners there is the option to book in with the Karrali (AMIHS service) should you wish to utilise this.