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Maternity Services

Antenatal Care

Choosing the best care for you

Most women will experience an uncomplicated pregnancy and birth, however, a small number of women will require more specialised care during this time. We provide various medical and midwifery care options including care as a public or private patient.

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Care options for healthy pregnant women

Materity ward

Shared care with your GP

Your GP provides most of your antenatal care and refers you to the hospital if you experience complications.

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Midwifery Group Practice (MGP)

Available at both Gosford and Wyong hospitals. A midwife, within a small team, provides most of your pregnancy care from booking in until after the birth of your baby.

Community Midwife Program (CMP)

Based at Gosford Hospital this team provides a family centred midwifery service aiming for continuity of care through pregnancy, childbirth and after the birth of the baby – in hospital and at home.

Midwifery Antenatal Care (MAC) Team Care

Available at both Gosford and Wyong hospitals, as well as outreach clinics in community centres. Continuity of midwifery care during the antenatal period is provided.

Aboriginal Maternal Health Service (AMIHS)

This service provides continuity of antenatal care for aboriginal families in outreach clinics. Support is provided following birth for up to two months.

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High risk pregnancies

High risk clinics are held at both Gosford and Wyong hospitals outpatient departments by obstetric doctors for those women needing medical care for pregnancy due to health or pregnancy complications.

Tests offered during your pregnancy

Ultrasounds

  • 11-13 weeks – Nuchal Translucency scan and a blood test is offered. This is a screening test that calculates your chance of having a baby with a chromosomal problem, such as Down syndrome.
  • 18-20 weeks – To check baby’s physical development.

Blood tests

Your GP will usually order early pregnancy tests which will include:

  • Mid-stream urine test
  • Blood group and red blood cell antibody
  • Full blood count
  • Rubella (or German measles)
  • Syphilis and hepatitis screening
  • HIV.

Offered at 24-28 weeks

  • Gestational diabetes screening
  • Full blood count
  • Red blood cell antibody.

Offered around 36 weeks:

  • Full blood count
  • Low vaginal/peri-anal swab for Group B streptococcus screening.

Most women will experience an uncomplicated pregnancy. Ten antenatal visits are offered for healthy women having their first baby and seven visits are offered to women who have had a previous baby. If complications develop more visits will be scheduled.

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