Care During Pregnancy
Choosing Your Maternity Care
The Centenary Hospital for Women and Children acknowledges that pregnancy is an exciting time for women and their families and offers a range of services to meet your individual needs.
Your choice of care will be affected by:
- your preferences
- complications that arose in a previous pregnancy
- any medical conditions that you now have
- conditions that may arise in this pregnancy
- where you reside.
Women choosing to birth at Centenary Hospital for Women and Children have a number of pregnancy care options available. Please select from the links below to access information on your options for antenatal care.
General Practitioner - Shared Care
If there are no concerns with your pregnancy, your GP can provide your antenatal care from their surgery. This is known as Shared Care and is in conjunction with the Antenatal Clinic. This is valuable if your GP will be the main health care provider for you and your family once your baby is born.
The Centenary Hospital for Women and Children offers a continuity of care model: The Canberra Midwifery Program (CMP) which was established in 1992. This program provides holistic, midwifery led care with continuity of care/carer in the form of a case-loading midwife or a team of midwives who provide care from first presentation, through to two weeks post-natally.
The Continuity of Care at Centenary Hospital - CatCH Program will provide continuity of care for Canberra women including those who may have an obstetric/medical complication. CatCH women will birth in the Birthing Suite or if eligible the Birth Centre with care by a ‘known’ midwife.
Private Midwifery Care
Women booking with a privately practising midwife for a home birth are also encouraged to attend a pre-admission visit at Centenary Hospital for Women and Children. Please note the Centenary Hospital does not provide appointments regarding private midwifery care. Contact the Australian College of Midwives
Private Obstetric Care
Women may choose to have their pregnancy care with a private obstetrician. These women will still require a pre-admission visit at the Antenatal Clinic. A referral from your GP is required.
The Antenatal Clinic aims to provide increased continuity of pregnancy care. Midwives are available at all hospital antenatal clinics. Women with uncomplicated pregnancies will generally be seen by a midwife for all pregnancy care and she will refer you to a specialist clinic if any problems arise.
For further information please phone (02) 6174 7625