Antenatal Clinic

Booking Clinic and First Visit Clinic

Booking In:  Women are referred by their General Practitioner or obstetrician following confirmation of pregnancy. You will be contacted by the hospital with your appointment details. At this booking-in appointment, information is provided on the services, facilities and models of care offered at Goulburn Valley Health. An initial history will be taken and then you either be seen by a hospital doctor or return to your private obstetrician. During this first visit with the doctor, a decision will be made regarding your ongoing pregnancy care.

Several options or models of care are available. Booking sessions are held most weekdays at the Women’s Health precinct at Rosewood (Building M).

Models of care

Antenatal Outpatient clinics

  • Public hospitals do not enable a choice of individual specialist.

Maternity Support Services:

  • Consultant medical clinics: These clinics provide pregnancy care if you have a high risk pregnancy or are returning from shared care with your GP. You will be seen by an obstetric doctor at every visit and a midwife or other relevant health care provider as required.
  • Antenatal Clinics: These clinics are collaborative clinics held three days a week with care provided by midwives or obstetric consultants/registrars. Women are referred to this clinic through the medical clinics or by their private obstetricians.

A multi-disciplinary clinic run on Wednesday afternoons with an Endocrinology Consultant, dietician and diabetic educator,  is for women with endocrinology disorders, i.e. Gestational Diabetes, Type 1 Diabetes or thyroid disorder and is held at the Integrated Care Service in the ICS Building of the Graham Street, Shepparton campus (located behind Glasshouse Cafe).

  • Midwives Clinics: If you have a low risk pregnancy, midwives will provide all of your pregnancy care and refer you to an obstetric doctor as required.
  • Maternal and Foetal Assessment Service: This service is provided if you have complications or risks in pregnancy that require a short admission for monitoring or assessment. The care is provided by obstetric doctors, a midwife and an ultrasonographer. It operates on Monday, Wednesday or Thursday afternoons – you will notified of your appointment day and time.
  • Women’s Assessment Service/Birth Suite Triage: This service is for women that require additional assessment relating to pregnancy outside of their booked clinic appointments.
  • Offsite Options for Care include: Rumbalara Miminus Burris for indigenous and non-indigenous women who are having an indigenous baby; The Bridge a young women’s pregnant and parenting program;  Numurkah / Cobram / Kyabram Shared Care Model offers women living in these districts a choice of care in your local community by having your Booking In interview locally to arrange for your birth at GV Health.
  • Extended Postnatal Service (Domiciliary midwifery care): Midwifery care is provided in your own home following the early days after discharge from hospital. This service is also available for babies going home from Special Care Nursery. This care operates seven days a week, Monday to Sunday from 9am – 4pm. All women are offered this free service.

You may also be referred to the following services:

  • Anaesthetic clinic
  • Lactation Clinic
  • Diabetes Educator
  • Dietician
  • Perinatal Emotional Health program
  • Social worker

Referrals

A referral from a general practitioner to our Antenatal Clinic is required.  Your GP should arrange all your routine pregnancy blood screening tests and a dating scan, with all these results included in your referral.  Please let your GP know if you are interested in a particular model of care and ask them to include your choice in the referral.

Appointments

A phone text message will be sent to you approximately two days before your appointment is booked to remind you of your booked appointment. If you do not want this service please advise us.  For rescheduling or cancellation of appointments please contact our Customer Service Officers on  (03) 5823 8670.