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Pregnancy—choices of maternity care

Mater Mothers’ Hospital acknowledges that pregnancy is an exciting time for you and your family, and offers several options for maternity care to meet your individual needs.

This brochure outlines the choices of maternity care available to you.

Mater Mothers’ Hospital and Mater Mater Mothers’ Private Brisbane provides the following choices for your antenatal care:

Private Matenity Care

If you choose Private Maternity Care your antenatal care, birth and post natal follow up will be provided by your Private Obstetrician. During your postnatal stay in Mater Mothers' Private Brisbane Hospital you will be allocated a private room and if eligible have an opportunity to have postnatal suport by a Mater Midwife. 

A list of Private Obstetricians providing care with Mater Mothers Private Brisbane can be obtained online. For further information contact Mater Mothers’ Private Brisbane Customer Liaison Officer on 07 3163 1782.

Public Maternity Care

Mater Mothers’ Hospital offers antenatal maternity care in hospital and community-based clinics. Your baby will be born in the hospital. If there are no complications, you may be discharged home from birthsuite after your birth, or you will be cared for on the postnatal ward until ready for discharge. Postnatal home visits by a midwife will be offered if you are eligible. 

At each appointment with your Midwife, an Obstetrician is available for consultation if there are any complications in your pregnancy. Care from other services, such as Maternal Fetal Medicine or other specialists can be arranged if required.

Your choices of maternity care will be influenced by:

  • your wishes
  • any complications that may have occured in a previous pregnancy
  • any medical conditions that you now have
  • any conditions that may arise in this pregnancy
  • where you live. (Antenatal Clinic Catchment Guidelines)

Models of Maternity care at MMH:

GP shared care

Many GPs with a special interest in maternity care have completed further education to enable them to provide Shared Care with Mater Mothers. This model of care is beneficial as you will have care with a health professional you already know and who will be the primary health carer for you and your family after your baby is born.

In the GP Shared Care model you will attend a booking appointment with a Mater Midwife and Obstetrician in order to plan your pregnancy care but your regular antenatal check-ups will be with your GP at their practice. Your GP and Mater Mothers Hospital will communicate closely during your pregnancy and your GP can consult with Mater Obstetricians at any time. Your 36 week appointment will be with a Mater Midwife to discuss your birth plan. You will also have the option to attend a hospital tour and information session.  Your GP will provide the remainder of your antenatal care according to the recommended appointment schedule. Your baby will be born in the hospital. If your baby has not been born one week after your due date, you will be offered an appointment at Mater Mothers Hospital with a Mater Midwife to discuss plans for Induction of Labour.

Find GPs accredited to provide shared care at Mater Mothers' Hospital. (Please note that your GP may be accredited but has not yet added their details to the website). 

Midwifery Care

Midwifery care is provided at Mater Mothers’ hospital, Inala Community Health Centre, Norman Park Outreach Clinic, Uniting Church, Bennetts Road and Mater Health Centre Brookwater. 

CHAMP Clinic

The CHAMP Clinic provides a service for women whose pregnancy may be affected by the use of recreational or prescription drugs, cigarettes or alcohol. The clinic also helps women who take opioid replacement medication and provides individualised care to help you get ready for your baby’s birth. This clinic is held at Mater Mothers’ Hospital.

Women with special needs

If you have any special needs, such as a disability, please let us know so they can be discussed with a midwife. Plans for your pregnancy and birth can be made at this stage.

Midwifery Group Practice (MGP)

MGP offers care from a primary midwife with the support of a small team of midwives who you will get to know during your pregnancy. The midwives provide continuity of care for you throughout your pregnancy and labour and visit you and your baby at home after the birth. For further information visit: Pregnancy—Midwifery Group Practice.

Young Women’s Clinic and MGP

Young pregnant women are invited to meet midwives and doctors and have their antenatal care in a relaxed, informal atmosphere in Coorparoo. Options for care include a young women’s midwifery group practice or a young women’s clinic. The multidisciplinary team provide continuity of care throughout pregnancy, birth and early parenthood. For more information visit: Pregnancy—young mothers' group practice.

Indigenous women

The Birthing in Our Community (BIOC) MGP provides maternity care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and families. BIOC MGP offers care from Midwives, Obstetricians, Family Support Workers and other specialists in partnership with Mater Health Services, the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH) and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Care Service (ATSIHCS). Antenatal clinics are located at Salisbury Mums and Bubs Centre and Mater Mothers' Hospital.

Refugee Maternity Service

Women form a Refugee background are invited to attend midwifery maternity care located at Mater Mothers' Hospital or with Refugee MGP with antenatal clinics located at Inala. These dedicated maternity care services provide culturally sensitive care for refugee women in a supportive environment by midwives, obstetricians, social workers and interpreters. For more information visit: Pregnancy—refugee maternity service.

Further information

Please see information on Mater Information Brochure website regarding education classes, hospital services, tours of the maternity unit, your hospital stay.

Contact us

If you have any questions, please contact:
Antenatal Clinic
Telephone 07 3163 8330
Fax 07 3163 8053

This information leaflet reflects Mater Mothers’ Hospitals commitment to providing high quality care to all women and their families in a safe, supportive environment.

Mater acknowledges consumer consultation in the development of this patient information.
Mater Doc Num: PI-CLN-430004
Last modified 27/9/2019.
Consumers were consulted in the development of this patient information.
Last consumer engagement date: 19/1/2014
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