The goal of antenatal care is to ensure you and your baby are healthy as can be in the lead up to birth.
If it’s your first pregnancy, you’ll be keen to know what to expect as your baby develops and your body starts to change. The best news is, that the team at One for Women have been where you are. They'll not only help you to understand what is normal and what is not, but also find comfort in your unique journey.
An important focus for us is recognising any inkling of risk as early as possible so steps can be taken to keep complications at bay.
It can be difficult to tell at the start of a pregnancy whether risks or problems will develop, so it’s important to attend all your appointments and stay flexible with your 'ideal birth plan' in case things change.
When you visit One For Women, you will see the same midwife at each of your antenatal appointments. Happy days! It will feel more like a partnership rather than a medical appointment and that's exactly why we set it up this way. A One for Women obstetrician will also lead you through your various scans and test results as these come up.
Ultimately, one size fits all is NOT what having babies is all about, so your pregnancy pathway and number of antenatal visits will depend on your individual needs.
When the time comes for your bub to arrive, your delivery will be at St John of God Mt Lawley, under the expert care of a One For Woman specialist obstetrician.
At 6-8 weeks you’ll have your first appointment which will include:
Of course you’ll also get to ask questions, discuss any concerns - and let your midwife know your personal thoughts and ideas.
With a view to keeping you and baby safe and in tip top shape you’ll be presented with different tests through your pregnancy.
If there’s any cause for concern at any point of your pregnancy or after delivery, these tests will show this up and allow us to make the smartest and safest decisions.
The kind of tests referred to here, include:
Your midwife is your bible at this point, so please ask anything you need answers to. Grounded information is what we are all about. Despite their usefulness to us in assessing your and your little one’s condition, you do have the right to refuse any tests or treatment should you wish to.
Having your initial ultrasound and seeing your baby's image for the first time, is an experience unlike any other. Save for checking that your baby is well and on track, this is that part of the job we totally adore, and each scan will feel exactly the same.
Your ultrasound scans take place at:
To determine how far along you are in your pregnancy and to confirm your due date
To determine if your baby has high or low risk of a chromosomal abnormality such as Down Syndrome
To determine if your baby has any abnormalities in their growth or development, especially heart, stomach, kidneys and limbs. You can usually also find out the sex of your tiny tot – that’s if you can’t possibly wait until birth to find out!
Should your pregnancy have unforeseen complications, additional ultrasounds may be required.
At minimum you can expect to have the following antenatal appointments with us:
- Full check up
- Plan tests
- Nuchal translucency ultrasound
- Detailed morphology ultrasound
- Diabetes test and check growth
- Antenatal classes
- Group B streptococcus test
At this point, you'll realise One for Women is more like a family than a medical team, and so, it's quite likely you may know your delivering Obstetrician. Rest assured, no matter who delivers your baby, they are more than prepared to handle any situation that arises during your labour.
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