Are you looking for a low intervention, affordable way to prepare for the delivery of your baby? Are you pregnant and looking for a General Practitioner to provide GP Antenatal Shared Care? Or perhaps considering pregnancy and wanting to plan ahead for your antenatal care. Here at Clinic 66 we are pleased to be able to offer you the best in shared antenatal care in conjunction with public hospitals in Sydney. Our doctors who provide Antenatal Shared Care are not only specially trained and accredited by the local maternity hospitals, but also hold specialist diplomas in Obstetrics & Gynaecology. They are highly experienced in this area.
Home deliveries are not recommended in Australia, and so there is no community obstetrics, and midwives do not undertake antenatal visits in the community.
What is GP Antenatal Shared care?
GP Antenatal Shared Care is a model in which your antenatal care is shared between the maternity unit of your local public hospital and an ANSC GP. It provides high-quality care from a multidisciplinary team at a low cost to you if you have a Medicare card. For non-medicare-card holders, we provide exceptional value for your antenatal care through your medical insurance, although if the pregnancy is complicated, you would need to see a private obstetrician sooner than the delivery date.
Our role in the ANSC journey is to see you for initial confirmation of pregnancy, arrange blood tests and ultrasound scans and arrange referrals. You will then continue to have antenatal appointments with us, as your GP, initially at monthly intervals, increasing to fortnightly and then weekly as your pregnancy progresses. You will be also seen at regular intervals by the hospital maternity unit. If complications during the pregnancy occur, such as gestational diabetes, of if it is a twin pregnancy, then you would be referred earlier into the hospital system. Otherwise, for an uncomplicated pregnancy, you will follow the shared antenatal care protocol as dictated by your local hospital, and you will deliver your baby in the hospital delivery suite.
Who is suitable for GP Antenatal Shared Care?
GP Antenatal Shared care is a model of care which is suitable for women who have a low-risk pregnancy e.g. being fit and well with a singleton pregnancy (one baby only).
Women with high-risk pregnancies or any kind of complication are not suitable for ANSC and will be cared for solely by the obstetrics team who are based at your local hospital. Examples of pregnancies which are not suitable for ANSC are women with diabetes, multiple pregnancies, women with ongoing medical problems of another nature, or women who have had complicated pregnancies and births in the past.
It is possible to start on the ANSC path, and if problems occur, and care needs to be escalated, you will be taken into the care of the obstetrics team, without the continued involvement of a GP.
Advantages of ANSC include the following
- Low price compared with private cover
- Excellent standard of care
- Multidisciplinary primary care team care
- Minimal specialist input unless there are complications
- Not suitable for complicated or high-risk pregnancies
Which hospitals are we affiliated with for the provision of ANSC?
- Royal North Shore Hospital
- Royal Hospital for Women
- Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
- St George & Sutherland Hospitals
Our Antenatal Shared Care Doctors
Dr Karen Osborne
Dr Osborne has diplomas awarded by the Royal College of Obstetrics & Gynaecology (UK) and the Faculty of Reproductive & Sexual Healthcare (UK). She is accredited to provide ANSC with the RNSH, RHW, RPA and St George / Sutherland Hospitals. Dr Osborne is also a mother of two.
Dr Julia Menzies
Dr Menzies has a diploma awarded by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetrics & Gynaecology. She is accredited to provide ANSC with the RNSH, RHW, RPA and St George / Sutherland Hospitals
Advantages of choosing Clinic 66 for your GP Antenatal Shared Care
- We are specialists in Reproductive and Sexual Healthcare
- We offer affordable care
- Great accessibility – we can offer convenient appointments before work and some Saturdays
- We offer long appointments as standard so you will have plenty of time to ask questions and will never feel rushed
Make an enquiry to see us to discuss your options!