|Patient Care Units Wards||
Midwifery Group Practice
Midwifery Group Practice (MGP) acknowledges that the land where we provide our service is the traditional land of the Kaurna people and we respect their spiritual relationship with their country. We also acknowledge the Kaurna people as the custodians of the greater Adelaide region and that their cultural heritage beliefs are as important to the living Kaurna people today.
Sometimes known as 'Caseload Midwifery', MGP enables women to be cared for by the same midwife (primary midwife) supported by a small group of midwives throughout their pregnancy, during childbirth and in the early weeks at home with a new baby. Midwifery care focuses on women's individual needs, or 'woman centred care'.
Where situations arise that indicate a need for medical involvement, midwives work collaboratively with medical colleagues to coordinate the best care for mother and baby. The Primary Midwife will continue to provide care regardless of the need for medical involvement.
Where a baby is born will depend on availability of rooms and specific needs at the time of labour.
MGP is able to provide full midwifery care for planned home births. There are criteria around this involving your general health, obstetric history and your current address. Discuss this option with your midwife at the first visit if you are interested.
MGP supports midwifery students from Flinders University and the University of SA.
MGP acknowledges the health issues for aboriginal people and are keen to participate in the COAG Project "Closing the Gap". MGP supports the Aboriginal Maternal Infant Care (AMIC) Program, where an AMIC worker is allocated to an aboriginal woman and works with the midwife, in partnership with the woman, to provide her maternity care. MGP is working with Nunkuwarrin Yunti in this Program.
Midwives in Australia are currently regulated by statutory Nurses Boards in all states and territories.
How to Access the Service
Currently the program is limited in size and places are subjet to availability. Any pregnant woman who lives within the defined catchment area is eligible to apply to enrol in MGP. The boundaries of the catchment area are determined by the continuity of midwifery care services being provided by other maternity units within Adelaide, so that services don't overlap. Please note that if women who have been accepted into MGP move outside the MGP catchment area during their pregnancy, they may be asked to leave MGP and care will be provided in the routine hospital system.
Women who live outside the boundaries of the catchment area for MGP are welcome to use other maternal/child health services offered by the WCH and will be advised of midwifery services available in the local community.
The program is available to women using the public health system.
Women interested in MGP care can express their interest during their first booking appointment in the Women's Outpatients Department, located on the First Floor of the Queen Victoria Building.
From December 2007, all bookings for public antenatal access can be made by phoning the SA Pregnancy Information Number 1300 368 820
Information for MGP users
The Australian College of Midwives Guidelines for Consultation and Referral: ACMI (Nov 2003) is available upon request. This document provides guidelines for midwives to identify and respond to risk factors.
For more information about midwifery continuity of care models visit the maternity coalition website
MGP was evaluated for the first eighteen months of operation. Findings demonstrated clinical effectiveness, high client satisfaction and a reduction in medical interventions for women across all levels of "risk" in their pregnancies. If you wish to purchase a copy of this evaluation report for $25.00, please contact:
Women's and Babies' Division Administration, WCH by phoning: (08) 8161 7515
Subject to consent, women receiving care through MGP are available to participate in clinical trials operating at WCH.
Clinical Service Coordinators
3rd Floor - Queen Victoria Building
Page via Switchboard on 5762
Phone: (08) 8161 8005 - Bookings - Midwife
Phone: (08) 8161 8406 - Midwifery Group Practice Ward Clerk
Fax: (08) 8161 7829
Email: Jackie Kitschke