Antenatal Options of Care
There are several options of care available for pregnant patients referred to Mercy Hospital for Women.
These choices are presented to all new patients at their first antenatal hospital visit and include the following.
Standard public hospital care
Women attend the Outpatients Clinic for antenatal care which can also be arranged at the satellite clinics at Panch Health Service and Well Womens Clinic in Ivanhoe. Hospital visits are scheduled for the same day of the week enabling continuity of care with a specific team of consultant obstetricians, registrars, medical officers and midwives. Patients deliver in birthing suites, attended by the on-call team, and are transferred to comfortable one or two bed public rooms with baby bathing facilities and en suite. Patients require a Medicare card.
Shared Maternity Care
Shared care between accredited general practitioners or community health centre midwives for uncomplicated pregnancies, with some key reviews being conducted at the Outpatients Clinic. Patients deliver in the birthing suites, attended by the on-call team, and then are transferred to comfortable one or two bed public rooms with baby bathing facilities and en suite. See separate listing in this directory.
Care is predominantly provided by midwives throughout pregnancy, labour and birth for low risk pregnancies. The Midwives Clinic is offered at Mercy Hospital for Women in Heidelberg and at the Well Women's Clinic in Ivanhoe. No referral is required and all expenses are covered by Medicare. Patients can nominate this option of care at their first hospital visit. Patients deliver in the birthing suites, attended by the on call team, then are transferred to comfortable one or two bed public rooms with baby bathing facilities and en suite.
Team Maternity Care
Antenatal care and delivery is provided by a small team of midwives and doctors. The team will provide you with care during pregnancy, labour, birth and in hospital after you have had your baby. This will increase the chance of knowing your caregiver in labour and in the postnatal ward, as the midwives work in all of these areas.
You would see a midwife for most of your pregnancy check-ups, a doctor at your first visit and again at 36 and 41 weeks. If complications occur the team midwives would continue to care for you, together with increased input from the doctors.
Family Birth Centre
Antenatal care and delivery occurs with minimal intervention and equipment.
The Family Birth Centre caters for women with uncomplicated pregnancies. A careful assessment is conducted prior to acceptance for this option. Medicare covers all medical and hospital expenses for women admitted as public patients. Women who choose their own private obstetricians will be charged a hospital fee and will be billed by their obstetrician. Shared care with an accredited general practitioner or community health centre midwife is also available. Discharge occurs within 12-24 hours of giving birth. See separate listing in this directory.
Specialist obstetrician care
Women choosing this option of care attend their obstetrician's private consulting rooms for ante and postnatal care. The hospital fees for labour ward care, surgery (if necessary) and accommodation are generally covered by private health insurance. Depending on the level of insurance, this option ensures a private room with en suite or a two bed shared room with en suite and baby bathing facilities. Full diagnostic services are available for private patients - see separate listings in this directory for referral procedures.