Shared maternity care is a model of care where a woman's pregnancy care is provided by hospital staff and a community-based accredited shared maternity care GP, Midwife or Obstetrician. In shared maternity care, labour, the baby's birth and immediate postnatal care are managed by the hospital.
Shared maternity care aims to provide a high quality community based, holistic, safe and culturally appropriate model of care for women which offers continuity and convenience. This model of care is popular with women who are healthy and have a normal pregnancy.
How to become a shared maternity care affiliate
The accreditation of shared maternity care affiliates is managed through the Shared Care Maternity Collaborative consisting of:
- Mercy Hospital for Women
- Werribee Mercy Hospital
- The Royal Women’s Hospital
- Sandringham Hospital
- Northern Health
- Western Hospital
Guidelines for shared maternity care affiliates 2015 support and guide this process. GPs and obstetricians wishing to apply for accreditation as a shared maternity care affiliate for 2017–2019 can download this application form.
Completed application forms and supporting documents can be faxed to the Primary Care Liaison Unit on 03 8458 4818.
All GP and obstetrician applications are assessed by our GP liaison medical advisor. Depending on qualifications and experience, applicants may be required to complete a learning module and undertake supervisory sessions at our antenatal clinics.
Affiliates will be invited to undertake re-accreditation at the end of each three-year period. To meet re-accreditation requirements, affiliates must provide evidence of:
- current medical registration
- medical indemnity insurance
- a minimum of 10 pregnancy-related Quality Improvement and Continuing Professional Development (QI&CPD) points
- a signed Shared Maternity Care Affiliate agreement.
Midwives seeking accreditation as a shared maternity care affiliate should email The Royal Women’s Hospital at firstname.lastname@example.org
Guidelines for shared maternity care affiliates
The guidelines for shared maternity care affiliates have been developed to support and assist accredited shared maternity care affiliates to provide high-quality care. The guidelines contain useful and relevant information about:
- evidenced-based care
- pathways for referral
- expected standards of communication
- expectations and requirements in the case of abnormal findings.
Schedule of visits
At the first hospital appointment, patients will be given a schedule of visits. They will also be given a Victorian Maternity Record. To ensure continuity of care, the Victorian Maternity Record is used for all shared maternity care patients. Read more about the Victorian Maternity Record.
For non-urgent enquires, please contact:
Shared Care Midwife, Mercy Hospital for Women
Shared Care Midwife, Werribee Mercy Hospital
Last reviewed September 15, 2017.