Difference between Shared Care and Community Midwife Program
At around 16 weeks you will need to book your first appointment with the antenatal clinic. You will need a referral from your GP for this clinic. This appointment will usually take 1 hour. The midwife will gather all the information needed to assist you through the rest of your pregnancy and birth.
Visits to the antenatal clinic occur at around 20, 28, 36, 40 and 41 weeks; the other antenatal visits will be with your GP. Please make sure you talk to your GP and get copies of any test results (or for them) to be sent to the hospital. The antenatal clinic will send results to your GP so both care providers have all the information.
The hospital Antenatal Clinic is free and open every Tuesday (except public holidays) and visits are strictly by appointment only. If you are unable to make your appointment, please contact the clinic (03) 5722 5009
Book in around 6 – 8 weeks.
The CMP program is available in Wangaratta and offers care for women during their pregnancy and labour. When you book in (and you should book in early as there are limited spaces available) you will be designated a midwife who will be your main care giver. There are 5 midwives within this program and one of these aims to be with you during labour.
Your midwife will work with you and your personal needs to create a birth plan. All tests that are conduced at the antenatal clinic (shared care) will also be done through CMP.
Midwife availability is worked out on the month of your due date.
Anyone can make inquiries at anytime regarding this type of care, but a referral is required when booking in. Once you are pregnant phone (03) 5722 5256 and if there is a midwife available you will be given a ‘booking visit’ with them.
Northeast Health Wangaratta Community Midwife Program – www.nhw.hume.org.au/services/having-baby/
Other Antenatal Support
Early Motherhood Service Ph: 03 5722 5472
The Early Motherhood Service is a free, home-based service for women and families experiencing peri-natal emotional difficulties. The service provides education, counseling and facilitation of support groups. It can be a confusing and distressing time for mothers and their families. These feelings can be:
- Sad or low mood
- Frequent tearfulness
- Lack of motivation
- Tiredness, loneliness, feeling overwhelmed
- Problems with eating and sleeping
- Irritability and frustration
- Difficulty with household tasks
- Poor concentration and memory
- Fear of harming self or baby
- Sense of loss of control
- Adjustment difficulties
At times, most mothers experience some of these feelings. If the feelings persist and affect your ability to cope it is important to seek help early.
Gateway Health Wangaratta Pregnancy Support Counselling Ph: 03 5723 2094
The pregnancy support counselling offers support to females who are concerned about a current pregnancy, or a pregnancy that occurred in the last 12 months. The service offers three 30 minute sessions funded by Medicare; available with a referral from your doctor. This support includes:
- Decision making for an unplanned pregnancy
- Accumulated stress
- Relationships changes
- Baby loss
Some useful resources for pregnant women or women planning a pregnancy:
- Better Health Channel www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au
- Royal Women’s Hospital www.thewomens.org.au
- Northeast Health Wangaratta www.nhw.hume.org.au/services/having-baby
Genetic counselling is a discussion with a medical professional qualified in genetics. Genetic counselling is about providing education, communication and support and may be used in conjunction with genetic testing.
When to seek genetic counselling
Genetic counselling will help when:
- a condition may run in the family and there’s concern that you or your children might develop it;
- a child in the family has a serious problem that affects growth, development or health, possibly linked with a genetic cause;
- a couple, thinking of having a child, is closely related;
- testing has identified fetal abnormalities; or
- there are concerns about exposure to some chemical or environmental agent that might cause birth defects
Raising Children website – www.raisingchildren.net.au/articles/disabilities_genetic_counselling.html
The closest Genetic counselling available is:
Albury/Wodonga Genetics Clinic
1142 Pemberton Street, West Albury, NSW
Contact/Referrals: Michelle Sproule, Genetic Counsellor
Ph: (02) 6041 3545