CatCH Program - Continuity at Centenary Hospital
The CatCH (Continuity at Centenary Hospital) program provides full continuity of midwifery care, including care for women who may have an obstetric/medical complication.
This means that you will have consistency in the midwife or member of the CatCH team caring for you during pregnancy, birth and postnatal care.
Contact the program early
If you're interested in this type of model please contact the number below to place your name on the waiting list.
Due to the popularity of this program, we encourage women to make contact with the program as early as possible.
About the program
If offered a place with the CatCH program your allocated midwife will call you and plan a booking appointment with you.
Pregnancy care with your allocated midwife may include a home visit but most of your pregnancy care will be provided at the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children or at one of our community clinics.
If referral to an obstetrician is required, appointments will be scheduled at the hospital Antenatal Clinic or Fetal Medicine Unit if indicated.
Your CatCH midwife will often plan to attend these appointments with you to maintain consistency and continuity of your care.
CatCH midwives provide childbirth education for all women having their first baby. General maternity unit education sessions are available for other needs for example Next Birth After Caesarean (NBAC) education sessions and refresher sessions.
For birth, women booked with the CatCH program may access the Birth Centre rooms if able, or the Level 3 Birthing rooms. Your midwife will discuss these options with you.
Following a vaginal birth you should expect to go home within 6 - 24 hours.
If a longer postnatal stay is required, for example following a caesarean, you may be transferred to the postnatal ward where you will be cared for by our hospital midwives.
Your CatCH midwife will maintain contact with you during your postnatal stay and will plan to visit you at home once you are discharged.
The majority of your postnatal care will be attended at home by your CatCH midwife or a member of the CatCH team.
On occasion you may need to return to the hospital for some of your postnatal care - for example if you live outside of the ACT or need to return for tests such as newborn hearing screening.
Your CatCH midwife will support you for 7 - 14 days following your birth. When you are discharged from the CatCH program you will referred to the Maternal and Child Health (MACH) service for ongoing support for you and your baby.
If you're interested in this program, please contact (02) 6174 5800.