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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.

Antenatal care

Your choices for antenatal care will be discussed with you at your first visit to Mater Mothers’ Hospital.

Your choice will be affected 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)

Mater Mothers' Hospital provides the following choices for your maternity care:

  • General Practitioner (GP) shared care
  • Public Maternity Care
  • Private Maternity Care

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. A Midwifery or Nursing Unit Manager is responsible for each ward and clinical department. If you have any concerns about your care, you may ask to speak to the manager of your ward or clinical department.

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.

GP shared care

If there are no complications with your pregnancy, your GP can provide your antenatal care from their practice. This model of care is beneficial as your GP will be the primary health carer for you and your family after your baby is born.

You will attend an antenatal booking appointment and further antenatal appointment at 36 weeks of pregnancy at the hospital. Your GP will provide the remainder of your antenatal care according to the recommended appointment schedule until the baby’s due date. If your baby has not been born one week after this, you will be contacted by a midwife to discuss plans for Induction of Labour.

Your baby will be born in the hospital. If any complications arise during your pregnancy, your GP will refer you to a Mater Mothers’ Hospital obstetrician.

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.)

Models of Maternity care at MMH:

Midwifery Care

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

CHAMP Clinic

The CHAMP Clinic provides a service for pregnant women who use recreational drugs or alcohol and also for those who have recently stopped. 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 telephone 07 3163 1968.

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 telephone 07 3163 1968.

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 & Bubs Centre and MMH.

Refugee Maternity Service

Women form a Refugee background are invited to attend midwifery maternity care located at MMH 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.

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’ Hospital’s 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 02/9/2019.
Consumers were consulted in the development of this patient information.
Last consumer engagement date: 19/1/2014
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