• What is Shared Maternity Care?

      Shared Maternity Care is a model of care where a woman's pregnancy is cared for by Hospital staff and a community-based accredited shared maternity care GP, Midwife or Obstetrician throughout her pregnancy. The woman's labour, baby's birth and immediate postnatal care are managed by the Hospital.

      Shared Maternity Care aims to provide a high quality community based, holistic, safe and culturally appropriate model of care for women which offers continuity and convenience. This model of care is popular with women who are healthy and have a normal pregnancy.

    • How to become a Shared Maternity Care Affiliate

    • The accreditation of Share Maternity Care Affiliates is managed through a Shared Care Maternity Collaborative consisting of Mercy Hospital for Women and Werribee Mercy Hospital, The Royal Women's Hospital, Sandringham Hospital, Northern Health and Western Hospital.

      Guidelines for Shared Maternity Care Affiliates 2015 support and guide this process.  

      GPs and Obstetricians wishing to apply for accreditation as a Shared Maternity Care Affiliate for 2017-2019 can download the following application form.  Completed application forms and supporting documents can be sent to the Primary Care Liaison Unit via fax: 8458 4818

    • All GP and Obstetrician applications are assessed by our GP Liaison Medical Advisor and depending upon qualifications and experience applicants may be required to complete a learning module and undertake supervisory sessions at our antenatal clinics.

      Affiliates will be invited to undertake reaccreditation at the end of each triennium. In order to meet reaccreditation requirements Affiliates must provide evidence of: current medical registration and medical indemnity insurance, a minimum of ten pregnancy related QI and CPD points and a signed SCMA agreement.

      Midwives seeking accreditation as a Shared Care Affiliate should contact The Women's sharedcare@thewomens.org.au


      Guidelines for Shared Maternity Care Affiliates

      The Guidelines for Shared Maternity Care Affiliates has been developed to support and assist accredited Shared Maternity Care affiliates provide high quality care. The Guidelines contains useful and relevant information about: evidenced based care; pathways for referral; expected standards of communication, and expectations and requirements in the case of abnormal findings.

      Download the Guidelines for Shared Maternity Care Affiliates

      Schedule of Visits  

      On the first hospital appointment patients will be given a schedule of visits.


      • Victorian Maternity Record

        To ensure continuity of care, the Victorian Maternity Record  (VMR) is used for all Shared Maternity care patients. Copies of the VMR are available from the Victorian Government website


        Website Resources   

        View guidelines for Shared Maternity Care Affiliates – Resource Library 

      • Download Werribee Mercy Hospital Contact Directory for Share Care Affiliates and GPs

      • Download Mercy Hospital for Women Heidelberg Contact Directory for Share Care Affiliates and GPs

        Download Werribee Shared Care Affiliates by Suburb.

        Download Mercy Hospital for Women Shared Care Affiliates by Suburb



        Contacts – for non-urgent enquires

        Shared Care Midwife- Mercy Hospital for Women

        Email: sharedcare@mercy.com.au

        Phone: 8458 4120   Monday to Friday 8am to 4.30 pm

        Fax: 8458 4205


        Shared Care Midwife- Werribee Mercy Hospital

        Email: werribeesharedcare@mercy.com.au

        Phone: 8754 3393

        Fax: 8754 3467


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