Early Pregnancy

If you’re newly pregnant you’ll no doubt be feeling a mixture of excitement and trepidation about pregnancy

ON the one hand you’ll hopefully be feeling excitement if it was a planned pregnancy but on the other you may be feeling worry about whether you really are pregnant

IT’S NOT unusual for first timers to take a handful of home pregnancy test before finally believing they are truly pregnant

Its not long before some of the signs of pregnancy help to affirm the presence of a growing human inside

The sore breasts, the queasiness on waking , tiredness, weird food aversions and a heightened sense of smell all serve as gentle reminders

By the same token some women never experience any nausea in early pregnancy

During this time, many couples keep this a secret to themselves, often waiting until 12 weeks when most pregnancies are thought to be viable before sharing their news

During the first few weeks, women often attend a GP for confirmation of pregnancy and for referral to pregnancy care specialists

Traditionally GP s have referred women with private cover to private OBs for their pregnancy care

Another option is now available for women who would like the benefit of developing a close relationship with a midwife, someone who will be available to spend time answering questions, assessing your emotional wellbeing and preparing you for pregnancy and birth and parenting

Women who don’t have private care may choose public hospital care with the option of midwifery group practice

Those who don’t get into a midwifery group practice may also choose a private midwife who may well have a Medicare provider number enabling visit to be claimed partly from Medicare.

You have the choice of being attended by your private midwife as a private patient or you may choose to attend as a public patient and be cared for in labour by the hospital staff. Your private midwife can take over your care after discharge from hospital

This option has become available since Maternity services review in 2010 found that all women should have access to continuity of care form a known midwife.

Since 2010 the number of midwives known as Endorsed private practicing midwives has grown , thereby increasing access for all women.

If you think that you would like to know more about a private practicing midwife option , please contact 

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