Midwifery Group Practice (MGP)

Overview

MGP offers women with low risk factors continuity of care from one midwife, with the support of a team if he/she is not available. It also offers the option of Home Birth for some women.

What we do

We offer continuity of antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care to pregnant women who meet the criteria of a low risk pregnancy and live within the Illawarra/Shoalhaven Local Health District. 

When to access this service

Access to the service is available to women who have confirmed their pregnancy with a GP. An on-line form is available for this purpose.

What to expect

Women can expect their applications to be processed by MGP on receival and will be notified of the availability of a place by 12 weeks of pregnancy. Women who apply after 12 weeks can still be considered if spots are available. A midwife will contact them by phone and confirm they have been given a spot or an SMS is sent if no places available.

Who should access this service

All pregnant women within the catchment area who wish this model and are deemed low risk in current or previous pregnancies. A midwife can have this discussion with the women to determine their suitability if unsure of what low risk entails.

How to access this service

Referral is usually made after the woman has seen her GP and all options discussed with him/her. An on-line form is available for the woman to self-refer directly but it is preferable that they have seen a GP first and acquired a formal referral for care which is needed by all women accessing the service.

What to bring

Women should bring their GP referral, copy of any blood tests, ultrasound reports or any other relevant documentation necessary to ensure low risk model of care is appropriate

Contact Information

Wollongong Hospital
Loftus Street
Wollongong NSW 2500
and
Shellharbour Hospital
15-17 Madigan Boulevarde
Mt Warrigal NSW 2528
02 4253 4256

Clinics are available on specific weekdays and appointments can be negotiated for a convenient time:

Shellharbour Hospital
9:00am-6:00pm on Mondays

Wollongong Hospital
2:00pm-7:30pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays
8:30am-12:00pm on Fridays

MGP will try to be as flexible as possible if appointments are needed outside these hours in special circumstances.

Parking and Public Transport

MGP is located at the Wollongong Hospital and has an antenatal service at Shellharbour Hospital. A train service is close by for women attending Wollongong Hospital and a public carparking service is available at both Wollongong and Shellharbour. The midwife will discuss which option is more suited to the woman’s needs on acceptance into the program

Wollongong Hospital Carpark: Access to the North and South Carpark entrances via New Dapto Road or Dudley Street.

Shellharbour Hospital Carpark: Access to car parking facilities via the Hospital entrance on Madigan Boulevarde.

Easy access for disabled persons at both Hospitals.