Options of care during pregnancy
Midwifery led antenatal clinics make our services more convenient for women to access ongoing antenatal care in their local communities. These clinics are run by midwives and are for healthy pregnant women with normal risk for medical or obstetric conditions.
GP Obstetric care
This model of care is provided by General Practitioners with an Advanced Diploma in Obstetrics in consultation with Consultant Obstetricians according to your individual health and pregnancy needs. You will need to come to the maternity unit for a Booking-in visit. Your baby will be born at Armidale Hospital unless certain pregnancy complications arise. Your GP will be available and generally present for your birth. The care during labour will be provided by the midwives at the Hospital.
You may choose to remain with your regular GP for a period of time during your pregnancy. Many GPs provide early pregnancy care but do not attend your birth. This enables you to continue seeing your family doctor, who you already know and trust, during your pregnancy, and this may be more convenient for you. Your GP in consultation with the hospital doctors and midwives will determine the best model for your ongoing care. For hospital based models of care (ie Obstetric or midwife led) you will need to transfer your care by the 24th week of your pregnancy. You will also still need to come to the maternity unit for a Booking-in visit
Specialist Obstetric Care at Armidale Hospital Antenatal Clinic
Specialist Obstetricians are best able to care for women who have pregnancies complicated by:
- A previous pregnancy requiring specialist care and/or hospitalisation
- A pregnancy that is not progressing normally
- A multiple pregnancy, e.g. twins
- Diabetes and/or other conditions
- Women with BMI >35kg/m2
Care with a Private Obstetrician
A private Obstetrician is available for Women through the outpatient clinic at Armidale Hospital. Women choosing this option of care will see their obstetrician for all their antenatal care. When choosing this option of care you will still need to attend a booking in visit at the Armidale maternity unit. Should you choose to use your private health insurance, you will need to discuss your options and cover with the Armidale Maternity Unit ward clerk. This information will also be reassessed on your admission to hospital.
AMIHS (Aboriginal Maternal Infant Health Service)
Armidale Community Health Service provides care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, and/or women whose baby will be Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander. The Karrali service aims to provide culturally appropriate support and education during pregnancy, after birth and for children up to early school years. This service includes antenatal care, child and family health care, immunisation, child health checks, support service referrals and health education. You may contact the staff at Karrali directly, or talk to your GP or the staff at the maternity unit to make a referral to our service.
Please contact Maxine or Lesleann : ph no 0428541410 or Cathy : ph no 0427469382
- If you think you are pregnant or have a positive pregnancy test
- If you have children between 0-5 years
Learn more about AMIHS