At Hunter Women’s Health Centre, we’re dedicated to bringing you from the beginning of your journey until six weeks following your delivery. Whether you’re low-risk or high-risk, we’ll guide you every step of the way. Visits for women with low-risk pregnancies are generally scheduled every four weeks until 28 weeks, every two weeks until 36 weeks and weekly until delivery.
Your first appointment, at around seven to eight weeks, will include an extensive visit with your midwife and information about paperwork. Additionally, you will meet your doctor and complete an ultrasound to see your baby for the first time. Screening for Down syndrome can be completed in the first trimester.
During the 20-week scan, we’ll screen to check the progress of major organs, fluid, placenta and more.
Some common or more specific blood tests and monitoring blood counts and iron levels can be completed during the third trimester. Gestational diabetes, for example, should be tested for early on in this trimester, because testing for and treating this early can decrease the chance of you or your child developing diabetes later on in life. We can also assist you with scheduling prenatal classes.
Hunter Women’s Health Centre will help you deal with common anxiety and stress that pregnancy can bring, and we’ll show you what to pack in your hospital bag. We’ll help you discuss your labour and birth to give you the best idea of what to expect. Expectant dads can also sign up to SMS4Dads to learn how to best connect with your baby and support your partner.
The following are some of the common obstetric services we offer. To schedule an appointment with us, please contact our friendly receptionist.
- Preconception counselling
- 3D/4D ultrasounds with every visit
- Comprehensive management plan in consultation with couple
- Screening bloodwork
- First trimester screening
- Hyperemesis gravidarum (persistent nausea and vomiting)
- Morphology scanning
- Glucose tolerance testing
- Strep B testing
- Low-risk deliveries including Water Birth (at John Hunter Hospital only)