​Options of care during pregnancy

Shared Care with your GP

Shared care means that you are cared for by your GP in consultation with the hospital doctors and midwives. You will need to come to your nearest Community Antenatal Clinic for a Booking-in visit, and follow up visits at 36 weeks and 40 weeks. Your baby will be born at Manning Hospital. Shared Care 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.

Midwifery Care in Community Clinics

The Foster Community antenatal clinic operates on a weekly basis. It makes 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.

Specialist Obstetric Care at Manning 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

Care with a Private Obstetrician

Women seeing a private obstetrician may birth at the Manning. Women choosing this option of care will see their obstetrician for all their antenatal care in their obstetrician’s private consulting rooms. If you choose this care option you will still be required to book into Manning Hospital prior to 20 weeks. 

AMIHS (Aboriginal Maternal Infant Health Service)

The AMIHS provides care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, and/or women whose baby will be Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander. The 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 directly, or talk to your GP or the staff at the antenatal clinic to make a referral to the AMHIS service.

Please phone AMIHS on 0439 882 837 if: -

  • You think you are pregnant or have a positive pregnancy test
  • You have children between 0-5 years

Learn more about AMIHS