Pregnancy—Midwifery Group Practice
Mater's Midwifery Group Practice (MGP) is designed to ensure that you receive dedicated, consistent care throughout your pregnancy, labour and birth, and during the early weeks after your baby is born. Your partnership with your 'named' midwife will mean that you will get to know each other very well, along with other MGP midwives
The program cares for women who are generally well, and have little risk of complications. If complications do arise, the midwives liaise with Mater Mothers' Hospital's obstetric team, so that you and your baby will receive the specialist care you need, while still being supported by your midwife.
How to book into the program
If you wish to participate in Mater's MGP you should be:
- planning to have a natural birth with no unnecessary interventions
- prepared to go home with your baby between four and six hours after birth, if you are both well
- considered healthy by your General Practitioner (GP).
Your GP will refer you to the Mater Mothers’ Hospital Antenatal Clinic, noting that you would like to participate in the MGP Program.
Once you have been referred to the antenatal clinic you will:
- receive a telephone call from one of the MGP midwives to discuss your decision
- have an initial meeting with your midwife, in your home
- be reviewed by a doctor at Mater Mothers’ Hospital
- have subsequent antenatal visits in a local community clinic.
To ensure we provide you and your baby with exceptional care, it is important that the care you are likely to need is within the program guidelines. Once it has been established that you are eligible, and a place is available at the time when your baby is due, you will be booked into the program.
If there is no place available, your pregnancy will continue within another Mater Mothers’ Hospital model of care of your choice. Your name will be kept on a waiting list and you will be contacted if a place in the program becomes available.
Your midwife will be responsible for the majority of your care. You will get to know your midwife very well and will be able to contact them at all times. Occasionally, circumstances may mean that your named midwife may be unavailable to take your phone call or to be present for the birth of your baby. However, you will become very familiar with all the MGP midwives during your pregnancy so that you will feel comfortable with their care and advice.
Staff at the Mater Mothers’ Hospital Birth Suite are available, 24 hours a day, if you need any urgent assistance and you can telephone them on 07 3163 7000.
Your scheduled pregnancy check-ups will be in a local clinic setting. Your midwife will be at the clinic as well as other midwives from your midwifery group practice.
The antenatal session includes discussions on topics such as diet, exercise, pregnancy, active birth, labour, baby care and infant feeding. The group antenatal sessions enable you to to meet other midwives from the group and women from your community. Your group will have the opportunity to choose the topics and the midwives will facilitate these discussions.
You are welcome to stay for the 90 minute antenatal session which includes your check-up. This will be performed as part of the session.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below are a few of the frequently asked questions from women who have been involved in Mater's MGP Program.
What happens if I need a doctor during my pregnancy?
A dedicated medical team at Mater Mothers’ Hospital works closely with your group practice midwife. If a complication arises your midwife and the medical team will ensure you and your baby receive the specialist care you need. The doctor, in most cases, will work with you and your midwife to keep you in the program. Your midwife will discuss your options with you and keep you and your family involved in any new plans for the care of you and your baby.
Who will care for me during my labour and birth?
When you think you are in labour, please telephone your midwife. When you and your midwife agree that you are ready to come into hospital they will meet you at the Mater Mothers’ Hospital Birth Suite. Your midwife will care for you during your labour and birth, while another midwife from your group practice may assist.
What happens after my baby is born?
If you and your baby are well, you will go home directly from your Mater Mothers’ Birth Suite, after four hours. It is important that you have arranged to have some help when you return home.
If you, or your baby, need to stay in hospital for medical reasons, you will remain in the Mater Mothers’ Hospital until your doctor is happy for you to go home.
Will a midwife visit me at home?
If needed, your midwife will visit you and your baby at home for up to six weeks after you’ve given birth. These visits will be arranged between you and your midwife.
Before their last visit, your midwife will help you arrange for you to see your GP and give you the contact details of your local Child Health Service. This service will provide you and your baby with the best available health information.
For further information about the MGP Program, please telephone 07 3163 1968.
In an emergency, please contact the Mater Mothers’ Hospital Birthing Suites on telephone 07 3163 7000 (all hours).
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Mater Doc Num: HOSP-002-00470
Last modified 05/11/2015.