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Maternity Services - The Townsville Hospital

Congratulations on your pregnancy. Here at The Townsville Hospital we want to help make your pregnancy and birth as special as possible. We strive to empower birth choices and continually improve and develop the services that we have on offer for expectant parents.

This section of the website will provide you with information about various services, facilities and programs provided by the Women's and Children's Institute, as well as a medical guide on what to expect during the next nine months. If you have any additional questions, your doctor or midwife will always be happy to help.

We wish you well as you begin the journey to parenthood.

The Townsville Hospital Antenatal Clinics

The Townsville Hospital offers several different options for antenatal care depending on whether your pregnancy is considered normal or high risk. In general, you would be assessed as normal risk if you have no pre-existing medical conditions and had a complication-free birth previously if this is not your first baby. Your first appointment will be an antenatal booking-in visit. At this visit you will be seen by a midwife who will discuss your obstetric and medical history with you, conduct a general-health assessment and ask you about your lifestyle and your antenatal care options at this hospital. The midwife will also provide education about your pregnancy and give you information about the maternity ward, birth suite, antenatal classes, birth centre and any other topics you would like to discuss. You will then see a doctor for a physical assessment.

All maternity care at The Townsville Hospital is given according to established guidelines. Consultation and referral processes are in place for all care options if your condition changes. Care options available include:

1. Midwives Clinic

Women have the option to be seen at the midwives' clinic if they have a normal-risk pregnancy . Women attending this clinic will be seen in the afternoons by the midwives dedicated to the antenatal clinics.

2.  Birth Centre

The Townsville Birth Centre offers women access to continuity of midwifery care during pregnancy, birth and for the first six weeks after the birth. This means that the same midwife will care for you throughout your pregnancy and birthing journey. This option is open to women who have a normal-risk pregnancy and no previous birthing complications. The Birth Centre aims to achieve a home-like atmosphere within a secure hospital environment. If medical intervention is required, your midwife will continue to provide care for you in the hospital birth suite or theatre where possible.

3. Midwifery Group Practice

Midwifery Group Practice offers access to continuity of midwifery care during pregnancy, birth and through the first six weeks after the birth. This service is available for women categorised either normal or high risk. This means that the same midwife will care for you throughout your pregnancy. Your midwife works in partnership with an obstetrician who you will also care for you during your pregnancy. You will birth in the birth suite in the hospital and depending on your condition, you may go home within six hours after birth or be admitted to the maternity unit. In the maternity unit you will be cared for by the ward-based midwives.

4. Community Midwife Clinics

This Midwife Clinic is a service for healthy, pregnant women in the Kelso, Rasmussen and Condon areas. These antenatal clinics are held on selected days at "The Hut" behind the Community Centre at 1143 Upper Ross River Road, Rasmussen. Post-natal follow up is also available for you and your baby at this clinic. Similarly, a community midwife is also available at The Townsville Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Service (TAIHS) for antenatal and postnatal care.

A community midwife is also available on selected days at the Deeragun Community Centre and the Early Years Centre, Fulham Road, Gulliver for post-natal care and advice. These are pop-in clinics and no appointment is necessary.

5. Shared Care

This option allows you to attend most of your ante-natal appointments with your own general practitioner (GP) or Townsville Aboriginal and Islander Health Service. You will be requested to attend the hospital clinics for your booking-in, 36-week check up, 41-week check up and at any other time deemed necessary by your medical practitioner.

6. Medical Care

You may wish to come to the hospital clinics for all your appointments and be seen by the hospital doctors. You will be allocated to a consultant obstetric clinic and that team will provide your ante-natal care. You may not be cared for by the same team during your actual labour. The teams consist of a specialist obstetrician, registrar and resident medical officers.

7. Specialist Ante-natal Clinics

These clinics are for women who have pregnancy complications due to medical conditions such as diabetes, epilepsy, high blood pressure, heart disease or obstetric complications. They often involve other members of the health care team such as endocrinologists, special educators or dieticians.

Other members of the team

All of these ante-natal clinics are supported by, and have access to, an allied health worker who is part of the team involved in Women's and Children's Health. These include social workers, dieticians, physiotherapists and specialist educators. If you would like to discuss specific issues with any of these people your midwife or doctor can arrange a referral.

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Useful Links

Options for maternity care at The Townsville Hospital

Australian College of Midwives

Friends of the Birth Centre

Maternity Coalition

Having a baby in Queensland (QCMB)

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Last updated: 6 July 2017