Antenatal clinic general information
The first Booking-in antenatal visit
All women will have their visits with one of the GP Obstetricians at their rooms. This is a comprehensive visit where your previous medical history, family medical history, and your general well-being will be discussed. 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.
All women will also have a Booking in visit with a midwife at the Inverell Maternity Unit. The midwife will also discuss your previous medical history, family medical history, and your general well-being.
You can expect your Booking in appointment to take about one and a half hours. Please arrive at the maternity unit 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 booking in visit, we ask that you attend this appointment alone where possible.
Specialty obstetric care
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 may require specialist care outside of Inverell. Sites where women would be referred to include Armidale. Tamworth or JHH depending on the nature of the concern. In those locations there are also specialist clinics for women with conditions such as diabetes or heart problems and other conditions that may impact on the pregnancy or the baby’s well-being.
These services have access to staff with expertise in social support, mental wellbeing, counselling, diet, physiotherapy, peer support, and a variety of medical specialties.
If you need support from specialist services, it will be arranged by the GP Obstetrician providing your pregnancy care.
If you are required to attend an Antenatal Clinic at one of the referral centres they can often be very busy. While every effort will be made to keep appointment times, the clinics may sometimes run late. This is a consideration particularly when you need to travel for your appointment. We ask for your patience during these times and staff at the clinical you attend, 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.
Students at Inverell Hospital
The Inverell hospital, provides 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.
Overseas Visitors or those who don’t have a Medicare card
Inverell 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.