Shared Antenatal Care
Our doctors offer the option of shared antenatal care. This means your doctor will see you here at the practice for most of your antenatal appointments and you will only have to travel to the hospital for a booking appointment and at 36 weeks. Dr Fran Bradshaw was a GP obstetrician in the UK and has a special interest in antenatal care.
Which hospital will I go to?
For public patients our local maternity hospital is Ipswich and most of our Mums-to-be book to deliver there. We can also refer to the Mater Hospital in South Brisbane and Logan Hospital. If you have private health insurance we can refer you to an obstetrician of your choice.
How often do I need to be seen?
From 20 weeks, antenatal appointments are usually every 3-4 weeks until 36 weeks, then every 2 weeks until your due date. If you are having shared care some of these appointments will be at the hospital.
What happens if I am Rhesus Negative?
If you are rhesus negative you will need an injection of Anti D at 28 and 34 weeks which we will organise for you. This is to prevent the build up of antibodies which can harm the baby. You may also need Anti D if you have any bleeding during the pregnancy.
What scans do I have?
Your doctor may suggest an early dating scan around 8 weeks to establish a due date for delivery. There is another scan available at 11-14 weeks which screens for the risk of chromosomal abnormalities and spinal bifida. This is recommended for women aged 35 or over. The 18 to 20 week scan checks the development of the baby.
What blood tests do I have?
Prior to pregnancy or early in the pregnancy you will be checked for immunity to certain infectious diseases, such as rubella.You will also be checked for anaemia and for your blood group. At 28 weeks there is a check for diabetes which can develop in pregnancy. At 36 weeks there is a final check for anaemia.
Are there things I should avoid?
- Foods which may be associated with listeriosis such as soft serve Ice-cream, unpasteurised dairy products, cold cooked meats, pre-packed salads and seafood
- Certain medicines or over the counter remedies, ask your pharmacist
- Cat litter
Are there things which are recommended?
- Folic Acid 500mcg daily in the first 3 months & Iodine 220mcg daily
- Healthy diet
- Regular gentle exercise
- Only medications prescribed by your doctor
For expectant parents
A booster to protect against whooping cough in recommended for expectant parents.
What happens if I have bleeding?
If you have bleeding you should book in to see the doctor as soon as possible. If bleeding is heavy or you are in a lot of pain you should go to the hospital. Many women have bleeding but the pregnancy is unaffected. If you are rhesus negative you will need to have an anti d injection if you have bleeding during the pregnancy.
What if I get morning sickness?
Some women are very badly affected by morning sickness and there is a tablet we can prescribe so you should let your doctor know.
Antenatal Schedule of Visits & Fees
Please ask at reception about fees.