Congratulations on your pregnancy!
Here at Attunga Obstetrics and Gynaecology we strive to provide you with the highest level of care not only throughout your pregnancy but also in the postnatal period. Finding out you are pregnant is one of the most exciting times of your life and may find yourself asking, what do I need to do next?
When booking in for a pregnancy you will need a referral from your GP, and then we like your first visit to be scheduled between 8-10 weeks, where a dating ultrasound will be performed, a medical history will be taken and tests will be organised. Options for first trimester screening will also be discussed.
After your first visit, your appointment schedule is likely to follow the following schedule:
- 20 weeks
- 24 weeks
- 28 weeks
- 31 weeks
- 34 weeks
- 36 weeks
- 37 weeks
- 38 weeks
- 39 weeks
- 40 weeks
- 6-8 weeks postnatal
Whilst this is a common schedule to follow it is very flexible. Some country patients may be having shared care and hence are seen less whilst high risk pregnancies will need to be seen more often. Extra visits can, and will, be organised during the pregnancy if the need arises.
As a practice we want you to feel nurtured and supported throughout your entire pregnancy. At every antenatal visit we will check your blood pressure, listen to the babies heart beat, check any test results that may have been done and organise the next ones. We will always listen to your concerns and address them. However care outside the appointment is also important. Our midwives are always available to talk to you during office hours, and we would always much prefer you ring and ask us rather than worry or worse – Google it!
Part of providing balanced and well rounded medical care and support is input from not just our obstetricians but our midwives too. We believe that having a visit with a midwife enhances your pregnancy wellbeing. This may be a scheduled visit if the doctor is on holidays or an ad-hoc visit if the doctor is out of the rooms delivering a baby. We also have a home visiting midwife, Mandy, who is particularly valuable in the third trimester for breast feeding education and support, and for home post natal visits (for more info see under post natal care in the pregnancy drop down box).