Antenatal Model of Care

Public Antenatal Care Options - South

Public patients attending for antenatal care in southern Tasmania have several options for their care and it is recommended that the options are discussed when possible with their GP prior to referral and the preferred option indicated on the referral.

Not all patients will be suitable for their preferred option due to medical or obstetric complications but whenever possible the patient’s request will be considered.

The following spreadsheet compares the options to aid in your discussions with your patients. The information can also be found as part of the RHH Maternity Information Package.

 GP Shared CareMidwifery Group PracticeKnow Your Midwife (KYM)Young Mum's ClinicMidwives Satellite ClinicMedical Led Clinics*
PurposeConvenient community care with local GP in conjunction with RHHAims for continuity of care and shorter hospital stayAims for care by a known team of midwives but not guaranteedSpecifically designed multi-disciplinary care for mums under 20.Convenient community-based clinics for normal risk pregnanciesHigh risk and complicated pregnancies
Antenatal CareWith GP except for booking in and 28- and 36-week visitsPrimary Midwife and back upTeam of midwivesTeam of midwivesTeam of midwivesObstetrician and Midwives
LabourMidwife on duty (not known to patient)Primary Midwife and back up (known to patient)Midwife on duty (may be known to patient)Midwife on duty (not known to patient)Midwife on duty (not known to patient)Midwife on duty (not known to patient)
Postnatal CareTeam of midwivesPrimary Midwife and back upTeam of midwivesTeam of midwivesTeam of midwivesTeam of midwives
Hospital StayStandard stay4-12 hours post birthStandard stayStandard stayStandard stayStandard stay
Postnatal Midwifery SupportHome visit up to 7 days1-2 visits per day for 10-14 daysHome visit up to 7 daysHome visit up to 7 daysHome visit up to 7 daysHome visit up to 7 days

*Medical led Clinics - these include the Complex Care, Antenatal Endocrine, Medical and High-Risk clinics. In some instances, the patient may participate in care with the Midwifery Group Practice care but only with medical approval and supervision.

GPs are requested to use the latest Statewide Antenatal referral template to assist them in providing all the information required for safe assessment and care of pregnant women.