Antenatal Care

Women who wish to have their baby at the Armadale Health Service, must live in the AHS catchment area.

Referrals

You must be referred by your general practitioner (GP) to access antenatal care. This should ideally be done at 12 weeks of pregnancy.

GPs must complete the referral form for antenatal care and delivery form in rich text format (RTF 188KB) or as a PDF (34KB) and send to the Antenatal Clinic either by fax, post or email:

GPs are to organise patient’s blood tests, first trimester screening, dating and anatomy scans. The results of these tests must be sent with the referral or request a copy of the results to be sent to the Antenatal Clinic.

For urgent referrals/reviews (to be seen within seven days), please mark accordingly and fax to the Antenatal Clinic. Please contact us, where possible, to discuss the patient’s needs with the Antenatal Clinic Co-ordinator on 9391 2686.

Antenatal care options

The following antenatal care options are available:

  • antenatal care by midwives and GP obstetricians in the Antenatal Clinic
  • antenatal care provided by nominated accredited GP Obstetrician, as a public or private patient
  • antenatal care by Midwifery group practice
  • shared antenatal care between your own GP and the Antenatal Clinic

Information for GPs: GPs who undertake shared care must be registered medical practitioners in WA. For more details, refer to the Armadale Health Service Antenatal Shared Care Guidelines (PDF 1.2MB).

Pregnant women identified with high-risk factors will be seen by a consultant obstetrician.

All women will have their first appointment at Armadale Health Service with a midwife at approximately 18 weeks of your pregnancy followed by an appointment with the hospital’s GP Obstetrician between 20 to 22 weeks. If you are choosing the shared care option, the GP Obstetrician appointment will be at 28 weeks.

Boodjari Yorgas Midwifery Group Practice

Our Boodjari Yorgas Midwifery Group Practice is an award-winning service run by midwives that seeks to empower Aboriginal women through their pregnancy , birth and postnatal period to support new mothers in a culturally appropriate manner.

This has resulted in an overall improvement in birth outcomes, fewer unbooked women birthing at the hospital and reduced birth risks.

The service won a National Deadly Award for Outstanding Achievement in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health in 2012.

STAR Antenatal clinic

Our Supporting Those at Risk (STAR) clinic offers support to young mothers and women with complex social and health issues. This includes providing continuity of carer by a midwife and advocating on your behalf. For more information, contact the clinic on 9391 2901.

Next birth after caesarean clinic

Our maternity unit supports women to birth naturally where possible. Our Next Birth after Caesarean Clinic (NBAC) provides information and support to pregnant women regarding their birth choices following a previous caesarean section.

Our specialised team of midwives and obstetricians will discuss with you the chance of a successful vaginal birth, your personal wishes and future fertility plans to allow you to make an informed decision. More information about having a vaginal birth after caeasaren is available on the Women and Newborn Health Service website (external link).

Antenatal Assessment Unit

Our Antenatal Assessment Unit, located near labour ward, provides ongoing monitoring for women identified with high-risk pregnancies. These include women who develop complications after 20 weeks of gestation such as (but not limited to):

  • threatened preterm labour
  • preterm rupture of membranes
  • reduced fetal movements
  • bleeding in pregnancy (antepartum haemorrhage)
  • serial fetal monitoring for pre-eclampsia and gestational diabetes.

The Antenatal Assessment Unit also assesses women who may be in early labour.

Antenatal education classes

We provide antenatal parent education classes for all parents awaiting the arrival of a new baby. These classes will enable you to make an informed choice in relation to pregnancy, birth and early days of parenting to help you achieve a more positive experience as you enter parenthood.

Classes consist of 4 two-hour sessions coving the following topics:

  • healthy lifestyle choices
  • physical and psychological changes in pregnancy
  • normal labour
  • active birth
  • pain relief
  • unexpected outcome and obstetric intervention
  • the role of the support person
  • care of the newborn
  • infant feeding
  • parenting styles
  • ward tour.

These sessions are presented by our midwives in an informal and approachable manner that will give you the opportunity to ask questions.

The hospital’s physiotherapists will also be available to provide advice in our active birth workshops (week days only).

When are classes available?

Classes run on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6.30pm to 8.30pm for four consecutive weeks. Couples who are unable to attend the classes on weekdays can attend two weekends each month where all four sessions are covered. These weekend sessions usually start at 8.30am or 1.30pm. Most couples will complete these classes by week 36 of pregnancy.

How are classes booked?

Couples who attend the Antenatal Clinic for their booking visit (normally at 18 weeks) will be offered and booked into these antenatal education classes. If this does not occur, please contact the Antenatal Clinic Co-ordinator on ArmadaleANC@health.wa.gov.au for bookings.

Where are classes held?

Classes are held in the Community Health and Development Centre located on the right of the main entrance to the health service when entering via Albany Highway. Free 4-hour parking bays are available outside the centre.

What do I need to bring to classes?

Please bring along your pregnancy hand held notes. You do not need to bring anything else but may wish to bring along a small pillow for comfort.

Pregnancy support

Healthdirect Australia has launched the expanded Pregnancy, Birth and Baby service (external site) to support parents on their journey from pregnancy through to preschool.

The Pregnancy, Birth and Baby website offers a range of information on topics such as pregnancy planning, having a healthy pregnancy, newborn essentials, toddler tips and preschool preparation. Pregnancy, Birth and Baby can also refer to local face-to-face health services relevant to your needs, such as early child health or speech therapy.

Contact us

For enquiries relating to antenatal clinic appointments and your referrals, contact our Antenatal Clinic on 9391 2901.

Referral forms for GPs

Referral for antenatal care and delivery (PDF 34KB)

Referral for antenatal care and delivery (RTF 188KB)

Consumer publications

Childbirth and beyond (PDF 1.7MB).

Related links

Information for maternity patients.

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