The Antenatal Shared Care Program supports your GP to see you through your pregnancy. It is a model of care for you to be able to see your own trusted GP for most of your pregnancy visits. The Shared Care model includes a small number of visits to the hospital as well so we can keep up-to-date with your results until you come to us to birth your baby.
GPs who are involved in 'GP Antenatal Shared Care' have regular education with specialists from around our district and are able to quickly liaise with doctors and midwives at Wollongong and Shoalhaven hospitals if they have concerns about your care.
Ask your GP if they participate and if you are eligible to share your visits between them and the hospital.
Some GPs work beside midwives in their practice to offer additional services and education.
What some women say about their Shared Care experience:
"I'm so happy I can see my GP. She answers all of my questions and does a thorough check every time I visit. I love hearing the baby while we talk." Janet
"I have a midwife who works with my GP. It's such a great service, I'm never rushed out and they always support me, especially when I come back with my new baby." Heather
"I was surprised to find out that I could continue to see my GP when I had GDM. I was so happy, this is my third pregnancy and I have been on Shared Care for all of my pregnancies." Rachel
Women who have a low risk pregnancy are able to be involved in GP Antenatal Shared Care.
Most GPs in the Illawarra Shoalhaven District are associated with our Shared Care program.
Please ask your GP whether they are involved.
If they would like to participate, they can contact the Shared Care Coordinator at
Wollongong Hospital: Ph. 4253 4271
or at Shoalhaven Hospital: Ph.0474 943 515
The benefits for you having Antenatal Shared Care with your own GP are:
- flexibility and choice of your trusted GP
- continuity of care for your pregnancy as you see one person for most of your care
- seeing your own GP means that your cultural needs can be catered for
- communication is available between your GP and the hospital doctors and midwives
- your GP is regularly updated with changes in current evidence-based care for pregnancy
- some GPs have midwives in their surgeries for you to see as well
Most women can be involved in Shared Care. Your GP can give you more information on whether you are eligible.
Visits for GP Antenatal Shared Care look like this:
Early pregnancy- your GP will give you an antenatal record card (also known as your YELLOW CARD). You will also be given a referral form and results from any early blood tests and ultrasounds you have had.
Then, you call the hospital antenatal clinic on Ph.4253 4284 to book into your first hospital visit (due around 12 weeks)
Please bring your yellow card (antenatal record card) and any test results to ALL your visits as the hospital and your GP will communicate through this card.
12 weeks - History appointment with a hospital midwife. Call the hospital antenatal clinic on Ph.4253 4284 to book this appointment. You may also need an appointment with the hospital specialist. The antenatal clinic will let you know whether to book this appointment.
16 weeks - you will see or talk to your GP during this time. Your GP will give you guidance on blood tests and ultrasounds until 20 weeks.
20 weeks - talk to your GP for results of your tests.
24 weeks - talk to your GP.
28 weeks - visit your GP. Your GP will be checking your Blood Pressure and the growth of your baby by listening to heart sounds with a Doppler and measuring your belly. They will also talk to you about having a GTT (glucose tolerance test) to test for diabetes in pregnancy (unless you already have been diagnosed in early pregnancy).
30 weeks - talk to your GP for results of your tests.
31-32 weeks - visit or talk to a hospital midwife or doctor.
34 weeks - visit your GP.
36-7 weeks - visit your GP and talk to a hospital midwife or doctor.
39 weeks - visit your GP.
40 weeks - visit a hospital doctor.
For more information, please talk to your GP
or call the Antenatal Clinic: Ph.4253 4256 or Ph.4253 4284.
Most GP surgeries have more than one GP who is part of the GP Antenatal Shared Care program.
If your GP is away, you may choose to see his/her colleague.
If there is no GP that is affiliated with the Shared Care Program in your surgery, please come to the hospital to see a midwife or our hospital doctors.
Call the Antenatal Clinic: Ph.4253 4256 or Ph.4253 4284 to book an appointment.