Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond

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Antenatal Shared Care

Antenatal Shared Care is a program that gives women with low-risk pregnancies the choice of having most of their antenatal care provided by a Private Practising Midwife, unless there is a concern for you or your baby.

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Antenatal Shared Care is a program that gives women with low-risk pregnancies the choice of having most of their antenatal care provided by a Private Practising Midwife, unless there is a concern for you or your baby.

Antenatal Shared Care midwives are accredited with Westmead Hospital and have experience and training in providing antenatal and postnatal family care to women in the community.

If you wish to make use of the midwife Antenatal Shared Care service you will be required to visit Westmead Hospital for an initial “booking in” visit at the hospital antenatal clinic.

Your midwife does not deliver your baby; the birth unit midwives at Westmead Hospital will take care of you during your labour and birth and the hospital obstetrician will be called in, if necessary.

Your midwife can then see you and your baby for postnatal checks and breastfeeding support after discharge from hospital.

REASONS TO CHOOSE ANTENATAL SHARED CARE WITH YOUR MIDWIFE

Your midwife knows you and your family and can often provide more personalised and comprehensive antenatal and postnatal care for you and your baby.

Seeing your midwife can mean more flexibility with appointments and many women also prefer the continuity of care that a midwife can provide.

HOW DO I FIND OUT IF I CAN PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM?

Ask your midwife at Westmead Hospital’s booking-in clinic for a referral to the Privately Practising Midwife Antenatal Shared Care program.

Your suitability for Antenatal Shared Care will be assessed during your booking visit. Influencing factors include any pre-existing diseases, your previous obstetric history and other personal factors.

HOW DO I KNOW IF MY MIDWIFE IS ACCREDITED?

You can simply ask your midwife if they are accredited with the Antenatal Shared Care program.

Other options available for Antenatal Care include:

EXAMPLE OF VISIT SCHEDULE

Week 12 Midwife First antenatal visit
Weeks 12-15 Hospital Booking-in visit with midwife
Week 18 Midwife Routine check
Week 20   Ultrasound
Weeks 24-26 Midwife Routine check
Week 28 Midwife
or Hospital
Routine check
Week 31 Midwife Routine check
Week 34 Midwife
or Hospital
Routine check
Week 36 Midwife Routine check
Week 38 Midwife Routine check
Week 39 Midwife Extra routine check for first-time mothers
Weeks 40-41 Midwife Routine check
Week 41 Midwife Post dates assessment
Birth to
6 weeks
Midwife Postnatal check
6 - 7 weeks Midwife Mother and baby check

ANTENATAL SHARED CARE PARTICIPATING HOSPITALS

Antenatal Shared Care midwives are accredited with Westmead Hospital.

It is important that you book into the Antenatal Clinic as soon as your pregnancy is confirmed.

To make an appointment, call Westmead Antenatal Clinic on 02 9845 6508.

 

Costs

Antenatal Visits

Description

Length of visit

Cost of visit

Rebate

Out of Pocket

Safety
Net Payment*

Booking visit

60 minutes

$100

$45.40

$54.60

$21.40

Short Antenatal

20 minutes

$50.00

$27.50

$22.50

$16.10

Long Antenatal

40 minutes

$75.00

$45.40

$29.60

$21.40

Extra Long Antenatal

60 minutes

$100.00

$45.40

$54.60

$21.40

Maternity Care Plan

90 minutes

$289.00

$271.15

$17.85

$53.45

 

Postnatal Visits

Description

Length of visit

Cost to woman

Medicare
Rebate

Out of Pocket

Safety
Net Payment*

Short Postnatal

20 minutes

$75.00

$45.40

$29.60

$16.10

Long Postnatal

40 minutes

$95.00

$66.75

$28.25

$21.40

Long Postnatal

60 minutes

$110.00

$66.75

$43.25

$21.40

Postnatal Home Visit

60 minutes

$140.00

$66.75

$73.25

$21.40

Six Week Visit

60 minutes

$100.00

$45.40

$54.60

$16.10

 

* Safety Net Payment - additional rebate for Australian families and singles who incur out-of-pocket costs for Medicare eligible out-of-hospital services. You may be eligible to receive this payment in addition to the standard Medicare rebate for midwifery services once you reached the annual threshold of out-of-pocket expenses. To find out more visit Medicare’s website.

Page updated 20th January 2013