PregnancyAs soon as a woman is pregnant they should plan to see their doctor or midwife and book into the hospital or Birth Centre you intend to give birth in as soon as your pregnancy is confirmed. NSW Health recommends that you see a midwife or doctor at the hospital before you are 14 weeks pregnant. Pregnancy Care options include Midwifery, Obstetric (Specialist doctors), and Shared care (GP and hospital clinic).
Click on the links below to find out more information.
Please refer to the following link; https://nnswlhd.health.nsw.gov.au/about/hospitals/02 6639 9400 Byron Central Hospital
02 6629 4646 Casino Outreach Antenatal Clinic
02 6640 2222 Grafton Base Hospital
02 6629 4646 Lismore Base Hospital
02 6629 7400 Lismore Base Hospital Maternity Ward
02 6672 0238 Murwillumbah Antenatal Clinic
07 5506 7325 The Tweed Antenatal Clinic
- Thinking of having a baby
- Iodine supplementation
- The Early Pregnancy Assessment Service (EPAS) is for women less than 20 weeks pregnant with threatened or actual early pregnancy loss or a pregnancy of unknown location.
Pregnancy Care (Before Birth)
As soon as a woman is pregnant they should plan to see their doctor or midwife and book into the hospital or Birth Centre you intend to give birth in as soon as your pregnancy is confirmed. NSW Health recommends that you see a midwife or doctor at the hospital before you are 14 weeks pregnant. Pregnancy Care options include Midwifery, Obstetric (Specialist doctors), and Shared care (GP and hospital clinic).
In Northern NSW we focus on a woman’s needs and preferences, partnership and continuity of care. We take a woman-centred approach to ensure that your social, emotional, physical, psychological, spiritual and cultural needs and expectations are considered and respected. Throughout the pregnancy, women are given information to support them in making choices about their care.
Five hospitals provide maternity care in Northern NSW, these include hospitals and birth centres;
- The Tweed Hospital
- Murwillumbah Hospital
- Byron Central Hospital
- Lismore Base Hospital
- Grafton Base Hospital
Women with health problems are advised to book in to The Tweed or Lismore Base Hospitals. These hospitals provide higher levels of maternity care than the smaller hospitals. Grafton Base Hospital also provides care to women with identified health risks. They may also refer women to Lismore Base Hospital or a specialised service.
The Murwillumbah and Byron Hospitals are Birth Centres. They provide care for women who are healthy and have no known pregnancy risks. Murwillumbah District Hospital also operates an outreach antenatal clinic from the Tweed Heads Hospital. This clinic provides specialist care for pregnant women. These women birth at the Tweed Hospital. Women at the Byron Central Hospital and who require higher level of care, are referred to Tweed or Lismore Hospitals. This is usually the hospital closest to where they live.
Occasionally, some maternity care cannot be provided locally. In this case a woman will need to book at Gold Coast University Hospital, Mater Mothers or The Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital if a baby needs Specialist care.
Pregnancy care in Northern NSW is provided by Midwives, Obstetricians, Gynaecologists and Registrars. This depends on the level of risk of the pregnancy. Other services available at the Antenatal clinic are:
- Diabetes Educators
- Mental Health
- Drug and Alcohol
- Aboriginal Health
Antenatal Clinics for normal and high risk pregnancies operate from the Outpatient Departments at Lismore Base, Grafton Base, Murwillumbah District and The Tweed Hospitals.
Deciding on who will care for you during pregnancy and where you want to give birth is an important decision you will need to make. Here you will find some information on what options are available to you.
- Having a Baby book
- Sleep on your side while baby’s inside
- Your baby’s movements and what they mean
- Preventing blood clots in pregnancy and after birth
- Information for Rh (D) negative women – You and Your Baby; prevention of haemolytic disease of the newborn.
- Pelvic floor – Continence Foundation of Australia
- Mother Safe provides a comprehensive counselling service for women and their healthcare providers concerned about exposures during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
- Pregnancy – Protection and vaccination from preconception to birth
- Pregnant Women – Protect your Newborn from Whooping Cough