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.northeasthealth.org.au/having-a-baby/community-midwife-program/
Other Antenatal Support
North East Health Early Motherhood Service Ph: 03 5722 5472
Gateway Health Wangaratta Pregnancy Support Counselling Ph: 03 5723 2094
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
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