Congratulations! Preparing for the birth of your baby is an exciting time, but if this is your first child it can also be confusing and a little overwhelming.
Once your GP has confirmed your pregnancy, they may commence a Pregnancy Health Record which contains details about your health and the health of your baby. It is important you bring this document to all antenatal appointments and to the hospital for the birth of your baby.
Your GP will also send a referral to Gold Coast Health advising of the due date of your baby, as well as any relevant information about your medical history.
Upon receipt of this information, we will send you a letter confirming your booking with Gold Coast Health and details of your first antenatal clinical appointment.
Pregnancy care services are provided at:
- Gold Coast University Hospital
- Midwifery Group Practice at community locations or in your home
- One of five Community Midwifery Satellite Clinics close to your home
Please carefully note the location of your appointment on the letter you receive from us and allow enough time to get to your appointment.
At your first pregnancy care appointment you will discuss with the midwife your past medical, obstetric and surgical history.
A range of other pregnancy related information will be discussed, so if you are unsure of anything please don’t hesitate to ask questions at this time.
This information will assist the midwife to determine and discuss the appropriate health professional (obstetrician, GP or midwife) and model of care best suited for you during your pregnancy.
If your doctor’s referral indicated factors that may affect your pregnancy, a separate appointment with an obstetric medical officer may be made for you on the same day, whenever possible. Factors not identified until after your booking history will mean an appointment with an obstetrician may need to be made on another day.