First of all: Congratulations! You’re probably already thinking about the many decisions you’ll need to make in the near future. The first thing is to check in with your GP who’ll help with your decisions about care during pregnancy and birth.
You will also need to get a referral from your GP to an obstetrician once you have selected one.
Here are the first 4 steps you need to take:
Choose a hospital
Our hospitals offer exceptional care to new mothers and their babies.
Find an obstetrician
Our obstetricians inspire confidence and will listen to your wishes.
Book in for classes
Learn all you need to know about giving birth and caring for your new baby.
Meet our midwives
Our midwives are happy to answer your questions and support you.
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 with them every step of the way.
Here are 5 things you can add to your to-do list to help make your pregnancy journey smooth and trouble-free:
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’ll set yourself up to tackle the challenges your body will face in giving birth and caring for your new baby.
Enrol in maternity education classes
Our hospitals offer online 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. Talk to your obstetrician and/or ask to see one of our social workers if you need extra help.
Make a birth plan
Talk to your obstetrician about what kind of birth you would like for you and your baby. We’ll do everything we can to provide you with personalised care and make your plan a reality.
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 Australia, our public hospitals offer a safe and affordable option for pregnancy care and birth. If you choose a public hospital, midwives will look after you during pregnancy and birth. Doctors are on hand to help with any complications.
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.
In a private hospital you’ll have your choice of obstetricianfor your pregnancy care and they will attend the birth, as long as they’re available.
Most private hospitals offer well-appointed private rooms with ensuites, room service and other services at no extra cost.
If you are a member of a health fund, it is important to check the following prior to your hospital admission:
1. Your health fund will cover the cost of your obstetric admission and accommodation.
2. How long you have been with your fund? If you have been a member of your health fund for less than 12 months, your fund may not accept liability for the costs of admission.
3. Pharmacy, pathology, imaging and x-rays may attract additional charges. Check if your fund covers any of these.
4. Medical and allied health practitioner fees may be billed separately by the practitioners. These are not included in the estimate from the hospital.