Team maternity careLocations:
Team Maternity Care is for women with uncomplicated pregnancies (sometimes referred to as ‘normal risk’) who would like an increased chance of knowing the midwife who will care for you in labour and during your hospital stay.
Team Maternity Care is for women with uncomplicated pregnancies who would like an increased chance of knowing the midwife who will care for you in labour and during your hospital stay. This type of care is available at morning, afternoon and evening clinics.
Throughout your pregnancy care, you will meet many of the midwives from your team. Because midwives work rostered shifts, Team Maternity Care means you have a better chance of knowing the midwife who will ultimately care for you in labour and during your hospital stay.
Team Maternity Care aims to provide you with continuity of care and to help you establish strong relationships with your midwives. Our midwives work closely with medical and allied health staff to ensure you receive the best care possible during your pregnancy.
Find us at:
163 Studley Road
Heidelberg Victoria 3084
Level 1 and 3 Antenatal Clinics
Monday to Friday, 9am–4pm
Evening clinics are available at Mercy Hospital for Women on Monday and Wednesday from 5.50-7.50pm.
What to do before
Before your appointment please:
- review the information on the different models of care we offer
- mail us any information requested, 10 days before your appointment. Alternatively, please bring this information to your first appointment.
What to bring
- your Medicare card (or your passport and private healthcare fund if you do not have a Medicare card)
- your appointment letter
- any pathology or ultrasound results. If you don’t have a copy, please bring the details for where the test was completed (location, name and number) so we can get a copy of the result.
What to expect on the day
Your first visit may take up to two hours. You will need to confirm your details with the reception staff, see a midwife and, if needed, an obstetrician. Please allow around one hour for your regular visits.
Throughout your pregnancy you may be supported by:
- our team of midwives
- the obstetric team
- allied health staff.
What questions should you ask
Please bring a list of any questions you may have.
Opportunities to be involved in research
We regularly participate in research projects to benefit other babies, mothers and families. Your midwife can provide more information if you are interested, and will talk to you about participating in any projects.
For health professionals
Team Maternity Care is for women with uncomplicated pregnancies who would like an increased chance of knowing the midwife who will be caring for them in labour and during their hospital stay.
- a full referral, including model of care choice
- any relevant pregnancy or related medical information
- any tests, scans, results or patient information
- information about 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 that 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 first-time mother.
The model of care describes how pregnancy care is provided. We discuss this with each patient at the first appointment and decide which model is most suitable.
What/when you should refer to us
Refer your patient if their pregnancy is low risk and if they wish to be cared for in a Team Maternity Care model.
What/when you should not refer to us
Women with high-risk or very high-risk pregnancies.
Mercy Hospital for Women
163 Studley Road
Heidelberg Victoria 3084
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