Royal Hospital for Women Maternity
At the Royal Hospital for Women they offer various Pregnancy and Birth Maternity care. When you book in for your first appointment in Outpatients they will explain this to you and what is available at the time.
Before making a booking with Royal Hospital For Women visit your GP to:
- have your pregnancy confirmed
- complete a Royal Hospital for Women referal letter
- have the routine antenatal blood tests performed
- discuss genetic screening options
*Bring all results with you to your first hospital appointment.
If you have already seen you GP and have your referral letter and results contact the Outpatients at Royal Hospital for Women Maternity on the following:
- Outpatient Bookings 02 9382 6048
- Outpatient Enquiries 02 9382 6049
Midwives are professionals trained in normal pregnancy, childbirth and postnatal care and provide the majority of a woman’s care in most cases. The midwives follow recommended guidlines of when to consult with doctors if there is a variation from normal.
Hospital doctors are always available at the Royal Hospital for Women if compliactions or concerns arise, regardless of which option of care is chosen.
GP Shared Care with midwives and medical clinic
Pregnancy care is shared between an affiliated GP and midwives from the hospital clinic. You will generally see the same midwife when you attend the clinic. If the need arises you will be referred to the Doctor’s Clinic. Labour care will be from the midewives in the Delivery Suite.
GPs must be affilated with the Royal Hospital for Women in order to paticipate in the shared care option. If your GP is not an affliated GP, they will send you a list of affliated GPs in your local area as you will need to attend approximately half of of your visits with a GP.
Midwifery Group Practice
Midwifery care is provided by a small group of four midwives who are on call throughout the pregnancy, birth and early postnatal period at home. If the need arises you will be referred to a Doctor’s Clinic. Births can be in the Birth Centre or Delivery Suite, and early transfer home is encouraged so that care can be provided at home by the same group of midwives.
* Places are limited for this option and are generally not available if you live outside of the Royal Hospital for Women maternity area.
Birth Centre and Team Midwifery
Midwives from the Birth Centre or Avoca or Barker Team Midwifery are now working in the Midwifery Group Practices and can be contacted via the hospital at booking. If you have previously recieved care from one of these models please mention this when contacting the hospital.
Malabar Community Midwifery Link Centre
For women living in the area of La Perouse, Malabar and surrounding suburbs. Priority is given to women who are from an Aboriginal or a culturally and linguistically diverse community. Aboriginal women who live outside the Malabar area who are giving birth at the Royal Hospital for Women are also able to use this service. This care is provided by a group of three midwives who are on call throughout the pregnancy, birth and early postnatal period at home. Pregnancy care is available in the Malabar Clinic or in the hospital. Births can be in the Birth Centre or Delivery Suite.
Pregnancy care is by hospital doctors for women who have special medical or obstetric needs. Labour care is by Delivery Suite midwives in consultation with hospital doctors.
Care is provided by a chosen obstetrician. Labour care is by the midwives in the Delivery Suite in consultation with the obstetrician who will be present for the birth.