GP Shared Antenatal Care


During your pregnancy you can choose from several models of care.  GP Shared Antenatal Care is unique in that we can share your journey from before pregnancy, through your pregnancy and care for your family as they grow.  This longitudinal care and support builds healthy families.

 

Doctors Niamh, Kristin, Emily, Dalini and Sarah are accredited providers of shared antenatal care.  They have all undertaken additional training and ongoing education in providing care in pregnancy.

 

The table below describes the typical pattern of investigations and GP antenatal appointments during your pregnancy. The schedule may vary depending on your medical history, clinical need and the hospital at which you are booked to give birth at.  You will be cared for by hospital midwives and doctors during your birth.

First visit GP appointment Antenatal booking bloods and urine test, dating scan ordered (if required), discuss early pregnancy care, and prenatal screening for chromosomal and genetic conditions; with first trimester screening (SAMSAS) and Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT)
10 weeks First trimester screening Bloods for prenatal screening for chromosomal and genetic conditions (SAMSAS/NIPT)
12 weeks First trimester screening Nuchal translucency scan
12 weeks (minimum 3-4 days after scan) GP appointment Discuss booking bloods and first trimester screening results, seasonal influenza (flu) vaccination, form given for 20-week morphology scan, hospital booking via the SA Pregnancy Referral Line on 1300 368 820.
12-18 weeks Booking appointment at hospital Bring your hand-held record (orange folder)
20 weeks Morphology ultrasound scan A scan to assess baby’s development and anatomy, the position of the placenta and volume of fluid around the baby.
21 weeks

(after scan)

GP appointment Review mother and baby (blood pressure, fetal heart rate). Review results morphology scan.  Some women may be reviewed in the hospital clinic.
24 weeks GP appointment Review mother and baby (blood pressure, fetal heart rate, fundal height).  Forms for bloods at 28 weeks.  Pertussis (whooping cough) vaccination from 20 weeks.
28 weeks Blood test to check haemoglobin, blood antibodies, glucose tolerance test (for diabetes in pregnancy) and vitamin D (if required).
28 weeks

(minimum 2 days after blood tests)

GP appointment Review mother and baby (blood pressure, fetal heart rate, fundal height).  Discuss blood test results, Anti-D (if required).
32 weeks GP appointment Review mother and baby (blood pressure, fetal heart rate, fundal height).
34 weeks GP antenatal appointment Review mother and baby (blood pressure, fetal heart rate, fundal height). Anti-D (if required).
36 weeks Hospital appointment Group B streptococcus swab
38 weeks GP appointment Review mother and baby (blood pressure, fetal heart rate, fundal height).
40 weeks Hospital appointment
POSTNATAL
1-2 weeks postnatal GP appointment 1-2 week check of mother and baby
6 weeks postnatal GP appointment Mother and baby check, 6 week baby vaccinations.

Useful Resources

Australian Breastfeeding Association https://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/

Beyond Blue https://healthyfamilies.beyondblue.org.au/pregnancy-and-new-parents

Continence Foundation of Australia https://www.continence.org.au/

Food Safety in Pregnancy NSW Food Authority

Healthy Eating in Pregnancy – dietary advice

Medications in Pregnancy http://www.wch.sa.gov.au/services/az/other/pharmacy/index.html

Raising Children Network https://raisingchildren.net.au/