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 Tamworth Hospital antenatal clinic to initiate your care, and is usually done at around 8 -10 weeks.
Once we have 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 Tamworth Hospital and usually occurs before the 20th 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.
You will also be scheduled for an obstetric visit between 16-22 weeks, depending on the referral from your GP and the information provided at your booking in visit. Our obstetricians will confirm your agreed model of care during your pregnancy.
The midwife will also discuss the importance of healthy eating and physical activity during this visit. You will be offered a referral to the Get Healthy in Pregnancy service. The Service is open to anyone aged 16 years and over. You will be able to talk with a qualified dietitian or exercise physiologist over the phone in the privacy of your own home. For Aboriginal women or women carrying an Aboriginal baby you may be able to speak with the Get Healthy Aboriginal Liaison Officer (ALO), for your first phone call or one of your coaching calls. The ALO will talk to you about your needs and your access to services in the community before referring you to either a dietitian or an exercise physiologist for the remainder of your phone calls.
Click on the image below for more information or to refer yourself to the service.