Antenatal Shared Care Program
What is Antenatal Shared Care?
- Antenatal Shared Care enables you to share your pregnancy care with your doctor and the Antenatal Clinic at your local public hospital (Camden, Campbelltown, Bowral, Liverpool, Fairfield or Bankstown).
- Doctors need to be registered to provide Antenatal Shared Care in association with local public hospitals.
- Your doctor will advise you if he/she participates in the Antenatal Shared care Program.
- If you do not have a regular doctor the Antenatal Shared Care Liaison Midwife at the hospital may help you select a registered doctor in your area
Who is it for?
- The Antenatal Shared Care Program is for women who are likely to have an uncomplicated or low risk pregnancy.
- If problems do arise during the pregnancy, you may be transferred back for hospital-based specialist care at the hospital Antenatal Clinic.
How do I arrange Antenatal Shared Care?
- Ask your doctor for details of the Antenatal Shared Care program if you are planning a pregnancy or as soon as you know you are pregnant.
- If you decide to join the Antenatal Shared Care Program it is important to telephone for an appointment at the hospital Antenatal Clinic at the time of your first doctor’s visit.
What are the advantages of Antenatal Shared Care?
- The Antenatal Shared Care program has been designed to provide you with continuity of care throughout your pregnancy and afterwards.
- As your doctor knows you and your family and has your medical records, you will have comprehensive antenatal care and follow-up care for yourself and your baby.
- Antenatal care by your doctor allows flexibility of appointments (after work/weekends). It lessens the inconvenience of traveling to the hospital and sometimes having to wait for lengthy periods in the Antenatal Clinic.
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