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Shared maternity care is for women with an uncomplicated pregnancy (sometimes referred to as ‘normal risk’), who prefer to see their GP for most of their pregnancy care.
With shared maternity care, your ongoing care is divided between GPs and our outpatient clinic. This type of care is for women with an uncomplicated pregnancy who prefer to see a GP for most of their pregnancy care. Our outpatient clinic doctors will see you for key check-ups.
To participate in shared maternity care, your GP must be registered with Werribee Mercy Hospital as an accredited antenatal care provider. View our list of Werribee Mercy Hospital shared care affiliates to find a GP in your area.
What to do before
Before your appointment, it is important that you review information on the different pregnancy models of care we offer.
Information about your outpatient clinic appointment is included in the Outpatient clinics page along with details on how to find us.
What to bring
- your appointment letter
- your Medicare card (or your passport and private healthcare fund if you do not have a Medicare card)
- any pathology or ultrasound results. (If you don’t have a copy of these, please bring contact details for where the test was completed so we can get a copy of the result.)
What to expect on the day
Your first visit may take up to two hours. Please allow about one hour for regular visits.
When you arrive, you will need to confirm your details with the reception staff. You will then see a midwife and an obstetrician if required.
Throughout your experience, you may be supported by:
- Werribee Mercy Hospital obstetricians and midwives.
Opportunities to be involved in research
We regularly participate in research projects. You can find more information about these projects in our waiting rooms, including how they can benefit other babies, mothers and families. Your midwife may also talk to you about participating in any projects.
For health professionals
Shared maternity care with an accredited GPs is for normal risk (uncomplicated) pregnancies. Some key reviews are conducted at our outpatient clinic.
Our referral instructions and templates page explains how to refer to Mercy Health and provides you with the latest referral forms.
Please provide the following information:
- a full referral, including the chosen model of care
- any relevant pregnancy and related medical information
- any tests, scans, results or patient information
- social supports and any external agencies involved in your patient’s care.
How to prepare the patient
Please prepare your patient by:
- explaining alternative models of maternity care which may be suitable
- encouraging your patient to ask any questions she may have
- suggesting she book into a childbirth and parent education class if she is a first-time mother.
What/when you should refer to us
Refer your patient if her pregnancy is low risk and she wants to be cared for in a shared care model.
What/when you should not refer to us
Women with high-risk or very high-risk pregnancies, or if your patient requires tertiary care.
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.
Download the Guidelines For Shared Maternity Care Affiliates 2015 (next update due for release 2020)
In case of emergency, call 000
Outpatient Clinics - Antenatal
- Phone numbers:
Outpatient Clinics - Antenatal
03 8754 3390
- Phone number: 03 8754 6710
- Website: Antenatal clinics
Call this number for:
· Appointment questions
· Referral questions
· You want to speak to a midwife about your appointment
· You want to change your appointment
· You want to tell us you no longer need your appointment
DO NOT call this number if you are worried about your baby, have pain or are bleeding. Call Maternity Reception also listed on this page.
For health professionals
- Email address: email@example.com
- Website: HealthPathways Melbourne
HealthPathways Melbourne is a free, web-based portal with relevant and evidence-based information on the assessment and management of common clinical conditions including referral guidance.
Please refer to HealthPathways Melbourne for guidance in assessing, managing and referring for patient conditions (login required).
Referrals to outpatient clinics at Mercy Health will be triaged against clinical information and investigations based on these guidelines.
Referrals that do not meet the required clinical information and investigations will not be accepted.
Please email HealthPathways if you need to confirm your username and password.
Statewide Referral Criteria for Specialist Clinics - Victoria
- Website: Statewide Referral Criteria
The Department of Health and Human Services has developed statewide referral criteria to assist GPs and clinicians referring patients to specialist clinics. These referral criteria have been developed to improve access to specialist clinics in public hospitals by improving the quality and appropriateness of referrals.
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