Congratulations! You may be thinking about the many decisions you will need to make in the near future. The first thing is to check in with your GP who will help you navigate your care during pregnancy and birth.
You will also need to get a referral from your GP to an obstetrician once you have selected one.
Find the 4 key steps you need to take below:
Choose a hospital
Our hospitals offer exceptional care to new mothers and their babies.
Find an obstetrician
Our experienced obstetricians provide personalised care for all patients.
Book antenatal education
Learn all you need to know about giving birth and caring for your new baby.
Book your midwife appointment
A check in with a midwife at 30 weeks to answer any questions and provide support.
Whether you’re a first time mother or an experienced parent, you’re likely to have questions and concerns as your pregnancy progresses.
We’re here to help you every step of the way.
Take care of your body
As your baby grows inside you, you need to look after yourself by adopting healthy habits. By taking part in regular physical activity and eating a balanced diet of freshly-prepared food, you will ensure your body is ready to meet the challenge of giving birth and caring for your new baby.
Enrol in maternity education classes
Our hospital offers antenatal education classes for you and your partner. Topics include preparing for birth, breastfeeding, bathing your baby and baby first aid.
Get a whooping cough (pertussis) vaccination
The best time to be vaccinated against whooping cough is in the second trimester (preferably at 20 weeks). This will provide early protection for you and your baby as the antibodies pass to your baby in the womb. We advise partners and other close family members to be immunised as well.
Look after your emotional wellbeing
Pregnancy can be a stressful time. Don’t hesitate to ask for assistance if you’re struggling to cope. Mater Maternity offers expectant mothers a check-up at roughly 30 weeks with one of our midwives, to help support your emotional wellbeing.
Make a birth plan
Talk to your obstetrician and support person about what kind of birth experience you would like. We will do everything we can to provide you with personalised care in line with your wishes.
Your maternity questions answered
No, you don’t need to have private health insurance to give birth in a private maternity hospital. Many mothers choose to be self-funded and pay the full out-of-pocket costs.
If you’re planning to be self-funded, your estimated hospital expenses must be paid on admission. Any additional costs incurred during your stay are payable on discharge.
In private hospitals your pregnancy will be managed by an obstetrician whereas in public it is overseen by midwives only (unless circumstances result in needing a doctor)
At the Mater Hospital, North Sydney we offer well-appointed private rooms with ensuites, room service and other services at no extra cost.
Our public hospitals offer a safe and affordable option for pregnancy care and birth. You may be lucky and get to stay in a private room but many rooms are shared. You’ll normally stay 1 or 2 days. If you have a Medicare card, most of the costs will be covered.
For most policies, you need to have private insurance cover for 12 months before the birth of your baby, so plan ahead.
We strongly advise you to call your health insurer to find out what your plan covers regarding the costs of your prenatal care, birth and postnatal care. You should also check that your level of cover includes your baby in case they need to be admitted to the special care nursery.