Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide
Choices for antenatal care

WCH for Women

Choices for antenatal care

During your pregnancy you have a number of options regarding the type of pregnancy care you receive.

Midwives clinic (public patients)

If you attend the midwives clinic you will see the same midwife for most visits. You may ask to see a doctor at any time during your pregnancy. A doctor will examine you the first or second time you visit the Hospital and again later in your pregnancy, if needed.  A different team of experienced midwives will assist you during and after the birth of your baby. You will have your baby in the Hospital's
WCH page link iconDelivery Suite, where you will be able to be supported by your partner and/or family and special friends.

Medical (traditional) Antenatal Care (public patients)

During your pregnancy you will regularly visit the WCH page link iconWomen's Outpatients Department where you will be cared for by a combination of doctors and midwives. A different team of midwives and doctors will assist with your labour and birth. You will have your baby in the Hospital's WCH page link iconDelivery Suite, where you will be able to be supported by your partner and/or family and special friends.

Midwifery Group Practice (public patients)

Sometimes known as 'Caseload Midwifery', WCH page link iconMidwifery Group Practice (MGP) enables women to be cared for by the same midwife (primary midwife) supported by a small team of midwives throughout their pregnancy, during childbirth and in the early weeks at home with a new baby.

Shared Antenatal Care with a General Practitioner (public patients)

It may be possible for you to visit your own GP for most of your pregnancy and after the birth of your baby, provided your GP is is accredited by the WCH. The number of visits to your GP will depend on your needs. You will need to visit the Hospital at least once before the 20th week of your pregnancy and again at 36 and 40 weeks.  From 40 weeks all your visits will be at the WCH. During your labour and after the birth of your baby you will be cared for by WCH midwives and doctors. We encourage you to see your GP two weeks and again six weeks after the birth of your baby.

Private Obstetrician (private patients)

As a private patient you will see your obstetrician in their consulting rooms during your pregnancy. Your obstetrician will attend the birth of your baby and will involve other members of the WCH medial and midwifery team. Hospital midwives provide postnatal care at the WCH.

Independent Practicing Midwives (private patients)

You may choose to be cared for by a private midwife during your pregnancy and during the birth of your baby.  Your midwife will visit you at home before your baby is born and will care for you throughout your labour and birth. Your midwife will visit you at home after your baby is born.

Your Health Care Team

As well as doctors and midwives, your health care team may include a number of other health professionals including social workers and physiotherapists.

Social workers are available to help you manage the changes that occur, both during your pregnancy and in the early weeks after your baby is born.

WCH page link iconAboriginal Liaison Workers are available to provide Aboriginal women with assistance and support.

The women's health physiotherapy team can provide a range of services during your pregnancy and until your baby is three months old.

The WCH page link iconWomen's Assessment Service offers a 24 hour assessment and treatment service for women with problems associated with pregnancy, gynaecological problems and for babies referred by the Domiciliary or Neonatal Early Discharge Program midwives. Women's Assessment Service midwives also provide a telephone counselling service on women's health issues.

last modified: 04 May 2016