Pregnancy care and birthing options

Often your friends, family, own beliefs and values can influence how you would like to be cared for during your pregnancy.

Your health and wellbeing can also influence which pregnancy care and birthing options you can choose from. Although most women have uncomplicated pregnancies, a small number of women need extra support during their pregnancy because of more complex health needs.

If you decide to use the public health system, one of the midwives will meet with you when you’re early in your pregnancy to talk to you about your health care needs and personal preferences to ensure you receive the best care for you.

You’ll receive exceptional care whether you have your baby at the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children or Calvary Public Hospital in Bruce. We’re all here to give you and your baby the best start.

GP Shared Care

GP Shared Care is a great choice if you are healthy with an uncomplicated pregnancy. Your pregnancy care is shared between the hospital and your GP. During your pregnancy, most of your appointments will be with your GP, with some with a midwife from the hospital.

You get to continue or build up a relationship with your local GP who will support the long term needs of your growing family.

Your baby will be born in the Birth Suite of either Centenary Hospital or Calvary Hospital under the care of a midwife, with medical staff available if necessary. Postnatal care is provided in the postnatal ward for those women and babies requiring a longer stay.

If you live in the ACT, Queanbeyan or Jerrabomberra, you’ll receive home visits from a midwife following your discharge from hospital.

Who offers this service?

  • Calvary Public Hospital in Bruce
  • Centenary Hospital for Women and Children in Garran
Continuity of Midwifery Care – Birth Centre

If you’re considering a low intervention, natural and active approach to pregnancy and birth, continuity of care through the birth centre may be for you.

You’ll get to build up a relationship with a known midwife or a small team of midwives who will take care of you during your pregnancy, labour, birth and after you’ve had your baby.

The allocated midwife, or a midwife from the team, will provide care throughout your pregnancy and is on-call for labour and birth, planning to occur in the Birth Centre. Early discharge is encouraged for well women and babies.

Following discharge from the hospital, a midwife will visit you at home.

Who offers this service?

  • Calvary Public Hospital Birth Centre in Bruce
  • Centenary Hospital for Women and Children Birth Centre in Garran
Continuity of Midwifery Care – Birth Suite or Birth Centre (only at Centenary Hospital)

Continuity of midwifery care is suitable for all women, including those with complex and high-risk pregnancies, wanting care from a known (primary) midwife. A primary midwife will care for you throughout your pregnancy, labour, birth and after you’ve had your baby.

If you have existing or pregnancy related health concerns you will be referred to medical and allied health appointments as necessary. Birthing care is provided in the hospital Birth Suite or Birth Centre (whichever is most appropriate) by the primary midwife working collaboratively with the medical team if needed.

Postnatal care is provided in the postnatal ward for those women and babies requiring a longer stay.

The primary midwife will also visit you at home after you’ve had your baby.

Who offers this service?

  • Centenary Hospital for Women and Children in Garran
Maternity team care

Midwives will be available to take care of you during your pregnancy, labour and birth, working collaboratively with medical and allied health staff if required. Uncomplicated births are attended by midwives in the Birth Suite and medical staff are available when the need arises.

Postnatal care is provided in the postnatal ward for those women and babies requiring a longer stay.

If you live in the ACT, Queanbeyan or Jerrabomberra, you’ll receive home visits from a midwife following your discharge from hospital.

Who offers this service?

  • Calvary Public Hospital in Bruce
  • Centenary Hospital for Women and Children in Garran
Fetal Medicine Unit Care

The Fetal Medicine Unit provides care for women with complex or high-risk pregnancies who require specialised care for either them or their baby.

Only women with identified risk factors in their pregnancy or those who have had complications in a previous pregnancy will be referred to this service.

You will be cared for by specialist doctors, sonographers and a designated midwife who will provide continuity of care during your pregnancy. During your labour and birth, you will be cared for by a team of midwives and medical staff within the Birthing Suite.

If you live in the ACT, Queanbeyan or Jerrabomberra, you’ll receive home visits from a midwife following your discharge from hospital.

Who offers this service?

  • Centenary Hospital for Women and Children in Garran
Specialist Team Care

During your pregnancy and labour you will be cared for by a team of midwives, medical staff and allied health in a hospital. Your labour and birth will occur in the Birth Suite supported by a midwife, working collaboratively with medical staff.

Your midwife, doctor or GP may refer you to this service if necessary.

If you live in the ACT, Queanbeyan or Jerrabomberra, you’ll receive home visits from a midwife following your discharge from hospital.

Who offers this service:

  • Calvary Public Hospital in Bruce
  • Centenary Hospital for Women and Children in Garran
Homebirth

We’re currently running a three year homebirth trial which gives eligible women who reside in the ACT an option to birth in the comfort and familiarity of their own home.

You will be supported by a primary midwife during your pregnancy, birth and after you’ve had your baby.

The trial is available to women who meet the eligibility criteria and who live within 15 minutes of Centenary Hospital for Women and Children.

Who offers this service?

  • Centenary Hospital for Women and Children in Garran to eligible women
Private maternity services

You may choose to see a private obstetrician for your pregnancy care. If this is the case, please see your GP to get a referral to see an obstetrician of your choice.

Private midwifery services are also available across the territory. For more information visit Having a baby in Canberra.

I’m Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander

We support birthing on country or within community.

If you’re Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, or pregnant with an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander child, you can choose to receive your care through Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health and Community Services or Canberra’s public or private maternity system.

If you decide to use Canberra’s public maternity system or you would like to know more information you will need to call 5124 9977.

I live in NSW

If you live in NSW and would like to access Canberra’s public maternity system, you will need to speak with your local maternity service or GP to start your maternity care and for a referral to access Canberra’s public maternity system.

Early pregnancy information session

Everyone’s welcome to come along to an early pregnancy information session where you can learn about what public pregnancy care and birthing options are available and receive early pregnancy information.

You’ll hear from one of our midwives about:

  • what pregnancy and birthing options are available and how they work
  • early pregnancy information
  • how to access Canberra’s public maternity system

The session will be held in a Community Health Centre at Gungahlin, Phillip and Tuggeranong.

You can register for an information session on Eventbrite.

Page last updated on: 1 Oct 2019