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 Maitland Hospital antenatal clinic to initiate your care, and is usually done at around 12 -14 weeks.
Once Maitland has received your completed referral, including all blood test results and scan reports, our antenatal clinic coordinator will then process your details and notify you by mail with an appointment time to have a booking in visit. This visit will be attended by a midwife at either Maitland or one of our community-based antenatal clinics 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.