Options of care during pregnancy - Tamworth
Tamworth Midwifery Group Practice (TMGP)
Tamworth Hospital's Midwifery Group Practice is designed to ensure that you receive continuity of care throughout your pregnancy, labour and birth, and during the early days after your baby is born. You will be looked after by a team of midwives, who will get to know you and provide care in consultation with you and your family. Like the Midwifery Care Clinic, the Midwifery Group Practice cares for women who are generally well and have little risk of complications. If you develop complications during the course of your pregnancy, you may be referred into the care of the Maternity Obstetric team.
Shared Care with your GP
This care model provides the option of seeing either your own GP or a midwife at your GP practice for appointments during pregnancy, as well as attending appointments at the hospital Antenatal Clinic. If there are no complications with your pregnancy, and your GP offers a Shared Care service with GP or GP Practice Midwife, your GP or GP Practice Midwife can provide most of your antenatal care from their practice. You will visit the hospital Antenatal Clinic early in your pregnancy at 16-18 weeks, again at 28 weeks and from 36 weeks as agreed with the hospital Obstetric team. Your baby will be born at Tamworth
Hospital. If any complications arise during your pregnancy, your GP will refer you to the Maternity Obstetric team.
Midwifery Care (Hospital based/ Coledale community centre/ Tamworth Aboriginal Medical Service)
Following an initial antenatal clinic visit with an obstetrician, you have the option of choosing midwifery care at our Antenatal Clinic if you are generally well and having an uncomplicated pregnancy. The Antenatal Clinic's midwives will care for you during your clinic visits. If you develop complications during the course of your pregnancy, you may be referred into the care of the Maternity Obstetric team for some or all of your future appointments.
Specialist Obstetric Care at TRRH Antenatal Clinic
If you experience complications during your pregnancy, you will be referred under the care of one of our obstetricians or registrars in the Maternity Obstetric team at the 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
- pregnancy that is not progressing normally
- A multiple pregnancy, e.g. twins
- Diabetes and/or other conditions
Care with a Private Obstetrician
Full obstetric care is available privately through obstetricians’ offices. Your booking-in appointment at the Antenatal Clinic may be later in your pregnancy, at 20-28 weeks, and you will not need a visit with the Maternity Obstetric team. Your baby will be born at Tamworth Hospital.
Tamworth Aboriginal Mothers and Babies Service (AMBS)
The AMBS 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 and postnatal care, 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 AMBS service.
Clinics are also available:
- Thursdays at Coledale Community Centre between 10am and 3pm, or
- Fridays at the Tamworth Aboriginal Medical Centre between 10am and 3pm.
Other times can be arranged by contacting the service on 0408 699 624.
Learn more about AMBS