Our doctors can manage your pregnancy care in conjunction with the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital or Royal Hospital for Women. Access to the public hospital antenatal services will depend on where you live. We will explain the process for shared care in consultation during early pregnancy. Please contact us, make an appointment or read further for more information.
First pregnancy visit
Your options for care during pregnancy include:
- private obstetric care
- the public hospitals doctor/midwife clinics
- Birth Centre
- the Midwifery Group Practice
You can have shared care with your GP and any of the public hospital clinics.
Regardless of the care you decide on for your pregnancy, you should see your GP in early pregnancy, by about 7 weeks from your last period, to organise some early tests, make the relevant referrals, advise you on managing early pregnancy symptoms and check on your general health. It’s a good idea to make a long appointment for this first visit.
Antenatal Shared Care
If you choose to have shared care with Erskineville Doctors and the hospital, you will have a booking visit at the hospital between 12-18 weeks, and an obstetrician will review you around 20 weeks to confirm your suitability for shared care, ie. that your pregnancy is low risk. Check ups will be with your GP or the hospital over the course of your pregnancy.
NSW Health Having a Baby
RPAH Women and Babies – includes online booking form for first antenatal appointment.
Royal Hospital for Women patient resources
Problems in early pregnancy
If you are less than 20 weeks pregnant and experiencing pain or bleeding, you can attend the Early Pregnancy Unit located in the RPAH Emergency Department at any time or the Early Pregnancy Assessment Service on Level 5 at RPAH, at 7.30am on Monday to Friday.
Medications in pregnancy