Midwives Clinic and General Practitioners Shared Care
Pregnancy care is shared between the GPs and midwives and doctors from the antenatal Clinic. For this option of care you would generally see your GP as well as a midwife at the hospital through a schedule of regular visits. If the need arises you will be readily referred to the hospital doctors and specialists.
Midwifery Group Practice – Leeton and Deniliquin
Leeton and Deniliquin offer Midwifery Group Practices. In this model continuity of midwifery care is provided by a small group of midwives who are on call for you throughout your pregnancy, birth and early postnatal period at home. You will be allocated a primary midwife but will also meet the other midwives in your group as they could provide some of your care. The aim of Midwifery Group Practice (MGP) is to provide you with a known midwife for your birth and postnatal care at home.
Midwives are trained specialists in normal pregnancy, childbirth and postnatal care. For most women your group of midwives will be able to provide the majority of your care. However, if the need for medical consultation or referral arises, each group practice is supported by an Obstetrician/GP-Obstetrician. Your midwifery group will continue to support you, working alongside the doctors to maintain continuity for you. Births are in the hospital setting with early transfer home encouraged. The same group of Midwives provide postnatal care to you and your family in your home.
Private Obstetricians or General Practitioners with Diploma or Advanced Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
You may elect to have your care undertaken by a private obstetrician or General Practitioner with a Diploma in Obstetrics. All doctors entitled to call themselves obstetricians in Australia must be accredited by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG). They are fully trained specialist doctors who have studied for a minimum of 13 years from the point they began to study as a doctor, with at least six years training in Obstetrics. Obstetricians can provide care for women with pregnancies that are progressing normally, as well as women with health conditions or complications with their pregnancy.
Some General Practitioners with a Diploma or Advanced Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, with RANZCOG accreditation also provide private care to women.
Labour care will be provided by Midwives and your obstetrician/GP obstetrician. Your obstetrician will be present for birth. Should you require extra assistance during birth then your obstetrician would perform this; including an instrumental birth or caesarean section. Your obstetrician will also provide postnatal care and appropriate follow-up.
Continuity of care throughout the pregnancy will be provided by your chosen obstetrician/GP obstetrician.