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Your choice for care
during your pregnancy

Are you pregnant and planning to deliver your baby in a public hospital?

Would you prefer your GP and Hospital share the care of you and your baby during pregnancy?

Pregnancy shared care with your GP is for you!


What is pregnancy
shared care?

A unique experience for you and your partner


Pregnancy shared care is an excellent way to continue and develop your relationship with your GP as your family grows. It is a popular choice of care during pregnancy for healthy women with a normal pregnancy who choose to deliver their baby in a South Australian public hospital. If you don鈥檛 have a GP, then your pregnancy is the perfect time for you to establish this relationship.

Your GP provides most of your ante-natal care with minimal hospital visits required. Your GP must follow clear protocols for your care and must be accredited with the Obstetric Shared Care Program SA ensuring you receive the highest standard of care.

The Obstetric Shared Care Midwife Coordinators at each public hospital are also happy to help along the way and liaise with you, your family and your GP.

If any complications should develop during your pregnancy, your GP will refer you to the Hospital for specialist care as required.

The Hospital Doctors and midwives will care for you during your labour and birth.

Then your GP will provide the post-natal care after your discharge from hospital both for you and your new baby


Low risk women鈥檚
pregnancy shared care

It鈥檚 continuity of care


  • You can see your own GP or a GP in your area for most of your ante-natal visits.
  • You know your GP and they know your medical history.
  • Appointment times with your GP are often much more convenient than that at a Hospital and there are usually much shorter waiting times for your appointments.
  • After your delivery your post-natal care is provided by your GP ensuring continuity of care.
  • Your GP offers comprehensive continuity of care for your whole family as they grow.

In rural or remote areas, seeing your GP can be much easier than getting to a public hospital. Specific arrangements need to be discussed with your GP at the beginning of your pregnancy.


Your pregnancy,
your birth,
your GP

It鈥檚 time to call your GP!


Simply ask your GP or the Practice Staff whether your GP or another GP at the Practice is accredited for, Pregnancy Shared Care Or you can ask the Shared Care Midwife Coordinators at the Public Hospital to help you find an accredited GP.


What do I need to do?

Who do I call?


The process of opting for GP Shared Care is a very straight forward one. Simply speak to your GP and advise them of your request and they will provide you with all the necessary resources to commence your pregnancy shared care. There are these simple steps for you to join the Pregnancy Shared Care Program鈥


Step 1

Visit your GP as early in your pregnancy as possible.


Step 2

Call the SA Pregnancy Infoline number 1300 368 820 Monday to Friday 9 to 4.30pm to obtain a reference number. This does not apply in rural areas


Step 3

Call the hospital to 鈥榖ook into鈥 that hospital as soon as possible (remember many public hospitals have waiting lists, so book early). Remember to inform the hospital receptionist that you are wanting Obstetric Shared Care.


Shared care midwife
coordinators

Women鈥檚 and Children鈥檚 Hospital

  • Phone: 8161 7000 Pager 4259
  • Available M-F 8-4.30pm

Lyell McEwin Health Service and Modbury Public Hospital

  • Phone 8182 9000 Pager 6470
  • Mobile Number: 0417 840 062 (SMS Only)

Flinders Medical Centre

  • Phone 8204 5511 Ext 64650

Gawler Health Service

  • Phone 8521 2060


Pregnancy survey

If you are currently聽36 weeks聽pregnant, please complete our short survey below.听We鈥檇 love to hear your thoughts and suggestions so we can continue to improve our service to you.


Resources

Downloads


Nourish Baby Online Education


Pre-term Birth Prevention No Butts Baby: Smoking in Pregnancy

Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District

iSISTAQUIT

iSISTAQUIT campaign aims to increase awareness about smoking cessation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in pregnancy, increase interest about the program, inspire Aboriginal and Torres strait Islander communities and health professionals.

For more information visit the website below or talk to your GP or Midwife


Pregnancy, Birth & Baby

Australia鈥檚 leading pregnancy and baby website, supporting parents on the journey from pregnancy to preschool. Discover more about pregnancy, birth, being a parent and raising a child.


SA Obstetric Shared Care is funded by the Department of Health and Wellbeing SA.