I'm pregnant. What happens now?
Murdoch Obstetrics care
Antenatal care with the midwife
As you look at the weeks and months ahead, you may want to know more about the timeline for your pregnancy scans, your midwife appointments and your appointments with the obstetrician for your antenatal care.
- 4-8 weeks
Contact our rooms and organise a booking with our obstetrician. Speak to our practice midwife and ensure that you clearly understand all tests and investigations, and that you take action to organise or request them.
- 10-14 weeks
Your initial antenatal appointment with the obstetrician. The timing depends on any early testing that is relevant for you, and on the screening options that you may have had. We will try to have the relevant scans organised on the day of your initial appointment with Anna or Rhys. It means that you then don’t need to take as much time off work, so you can cover your scan and your appointment with one trip to the hospital.
- 16-17 weeks
Antenatal appointment with midwife Marie. Here she will check your blood pressure and listen to your baby’s heartbeat. At this appointment you will have plenty of time to ask any questions you may have, to discuss your pregnancy to date, and to organise the requests for other tests or scans that may be required.
- 20-21 weeks
This appointment with the obstetrician is usually following your main foetal anatomy scan. We will do our best to organise your scan with a provider at St John of God Murdoch Hospital, so you can minimise the time spent running from one appointment to another.
- 24 weeks
Your regular check-up is once again with Marie. In case there are any complications with your pregnancy, you will the obstetrician.
- 28 weeks
This appointment with Anna or Rhys comes right after your gestational diabetes screening. They can give you the results and discuss any issues that may arise from the test. At 28 weeks they perform a formal growth scan. This means that there is no additional cost compared to having this scan done by a third-party provider, and it means that your obstetrician has direct access to the most essential information, to update you on your baby’s growth at this stage.
- 30-41 weeks
As your pregnancy progresses, your appointments will alternate between midwife appointments or obstetrician appointments. The schedule will evolve from a fortnightly pattern to a weekly pattern, assuming there are no other contributing factors requiring closer monitoring. At every appointment with Anna she will perform a growth scan, so you can rest assured that your baby is closely monitored.
Gestational diabetes - Qualified diabetes educator
Some pregnant women are diagnosed with gestational diabetes. Our midwife Marie is also a qualified Diabetes Educator, so you will not need to go to a third party provider if you were diagnosed with gestational diabetes.
If this were the case, you would again benefit from this very important continuity of care. It really helps if you are seeing someone you have met before, and you have this relationship of trust. Marie will be able to provide you with education, to manage your gestational diabetes. What that means is that she will help you manage your blood sugar levels, to minimise the impact of gestational diabetes on your baby and on your own health.
CTGs - Regular monitoring if required
Antenatal Cardiotocography, more commonly known as CTG, means that a monitor is applied to your belly to record your baby’s heartbeat.
This type of monitoring is regularly used in labour, and it can also be applied during the later stages of your pregnancy. Your obstetrician or your midwife will suggest CTGs if there are any complicating factors such as reduced movements or concerns about growth.
We have a CTG machine here in our rooms and Marie will be able to perform a monitoring session when required. Being able to book a CTG here at our private practice saves you having to go to a busy ward, and it minimises your waiting time.
Murdoch Obstetrics care
Our postnatal midwifery care
After you have had your baby, you will be looked after on the ward by St John of God Murdoch Hospital’s midwives. The obstetrician will also see you regularly whilst you are an inpatient, and so will Marie.
After the birth of your baby, you may still have many questions, and we believe that you deserve to see someone you already know.
And even as you are ‘discharged’ and take your baby home - especially if this is your first baby - there will be more questions. By then you will know Marie, and she will be there for you to answer questions over the phone or she may be available for you here at the rooms if you feel this would be beneficial.
As part of her role in your postnatal midwifery care, organised from our rooms here at St John of God Murdoch Hospital, our midwife will be able to direct you to the most appropriate resources to assist you.