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Antenatal Care & Postnatal Care
Many of the GPs at Evoca are approved to provide antenatal shared care via your local hospital obstetric department or maternity service. As part of the antenatal shared care offering, your GP can care for you alongside obstetricians and mid wives to ensure you are supported not just through your antenatal journey, but on into the postnatal period and beyond including the early years of childhood development. Your GP will ensure all the right antenatal and postnatal check-ups are completed at each stage of pregnancy, and additionally provide all child health check-ups and immunisations corresponding to the key stages and ages of development.
Your doctor at Evoca can provide you with the support you need throughout your pregnancy journey and into your postnatal period
GP Shared Care Antenatal Check
Your GP will often be the first port of call when you fall pregnant, and will ensure that your first antenatal appointment is followed with ongoing continuity of care. This means that your GP can coordinate the delivery of tests and treatments appropriate to each stage of pregnancy.
Our postnatal services
The routine postnatal check up is usually conducted at between 6-8 weeks following childbirth and is combined with the 6-8 week baby check. The focus of the postnatal check up is on the general wellbeing of mother and baby, as your GP performs critical checks for both parties to ensure health and wellbeing are optimal.
The essential postnatal checks for the mother include:
- A general review of how the mother is coping
- A review of postnatal bleeding and whether this has settled around the 6-week mark as is standard
- Physical wellbeing check including breasts, bowels, bladder
- Contraception check and any requirements
- Mental health wellbeing check including screening for postnatal depression or anxiety
- Physical examination check including blood pressure, wound review, uterus and thyroid
- Breast check, and review of feeding
- CST if needed
- Any further investigations including blood tests and/or urine tests if required
How to prepare for your visit
Be prepared to give a urine sample for testing at each appointment
Bring your antenatal records card
Wear clothes which enable easy access to listen to the baby
Bring scan results or report tracking numbers
Generally speaking there are three main modes of antenatal care delivery which women can choose from in Australia
- Shared care
- Midwifery group care
- Private obstetric care
The GPs at Evoca Women’s Health are able to support you in whatever choice you make regarding the above modes of care. The shared care model – whereby the care is shared between the GP and the midwifery and obstetric team at the hospital or in the community setting – means that your GP can still provide ongoing and postnatal care following the delivery. This valuable insight can make a big difference as you navigate life as a new parent and indeed into further pregnancies.
1 Reference: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/servicesandsupport/gps-shared-care-and-pregnancy
Antenatal classes are beneficial for both partners as they provide valuable insight into the stages of pregnancy and how the body changes during the pregnancy journey. They are especially beneficial if you are going to be new parents. Additionally, the classes help you understand the labour process and how you might choose to navigate that as well as breastfeeding and preparation for life postnatally when your baby has arrived.
As soon as you have returned a positive home pregnancy test, or a positive test from another health care practitioner, you should book an appointment with a shared care GP to start your antenatal journey.