Pregnancy

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Pregnancy

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).

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Grafton Base Hospital
02 6641 8498 Women’s Care Unit

Lismore Base Hospital
02 6620 7400Women’s Care Unit
02 6620 7450Birth Suite
02 6629 4646Pregnancy Care Clinic (Antenatal)
02 6629 4646Casino outreach Pregnancy Care Clinic
02 6629 4646Ballina outreach Pregnancy Care Clinic
02 6620 7400Lismore Midwifery Group Practice

The Tweed Hospital
07 5506 7490The Tweed Hospital Women’s Care Unit and Birth Suite
07 5506 7765Tweed Pregnancy Care Clinic (Antenatal)
02 6672 0238Murwillumbah outreach Pregnancy Care Clinic
07 5506 7490Tweed Midwifery Group Practice

Midwifery Group Practice
02 6672 0108Murwillumbah Midwifery Group Practice
02 6639 9580Byron Midwifery Group Practice
07 5506 7490Tweed Midwifery Group Practice
02 6620 7400Lismore Midwifery Group Practice

Before the Birth of Your Baby

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;

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:

  • Physiotherapists
  • Diabetes Educators
  • Endocrinologists
  • 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.

Your Pregnancy and Birth Care Choices

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.