Birthing services in Central Australia

Antenatal care

Antenatal care is the care you receive from doctors and midwives during your pregnancy. The Alice Springs antenatal clinic is at Alice Springs Hospital.

Antenatal clinic

Alice Springs Hospital antenatal clinic appointments are free for Australian residents. If you normally live overseas or are a temporary visa holder in Australia, you need to bring your passport to the appointment.

If you do not have a Medicare card you must pay for antenatal appointments and any hospital admissions.

What to bring to your first appointment

You must bring the following:

  • Medicare card
  • health care card
  • a copy of any test results for this pregnancy
  • GP contact details and referral letter if you have seen a doctor
  • private health insurance card if you have one
  • passport - only if you don't have a Medicare card.

What to expect

Your first antenatal appointment may take up to an hour. A midwife or doctor or a combination of both will discuss and record your medical, surgical, social history and general wellbeing.

They will discuss pregnancy care options and screening tests.

They will also talk about the following:

  • waterbirth
  • childbirth education classes
  • scheduled antenatal clinic visits through your pregnancy
  • feeding preferences for baby
  • pregnancy health record.

How to make an antenatal clinic appointment

You can book an appointment by calling the Alice Springs Hospital maternity unit once pregnancy is confirmed. This can be a self-referral or a referral from your doctor.

To make a booking call 08 8951 7620 or 08 8951 7621.

If you need an interpreter, you can let the antenatal clinic know when you make your booking. The hospital will arrange this service.

Obstetric antenatal clinic

An obstetrician is a specialist doctor who provides care for women who need extra specialist medical care during pregnancy, birth and after the baby is born.

Obstetric clinics are held at Alice Springs Hospital on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.

You need a referral from your doctor to see the obstetrician. Each visit is structured around your needs. All pregnancy assessments and tests will be done in these sessions.

Antenatal clinic for pregnant women with diabetes

The diabetes antenatal clinic and education team (DANCE) looks after pregnant women with diabetes in the Alice Springs region.

You need a referral from your doctor for this clinic.

This clinic operates on a Wednesday at Alice Springs Hospital and is supported by:

  • midwives
  • doctors
  • dietitians
  • diabetes educators - healthcare professionals who help pregnant women self-manage their diabetes.

Find out more about diabetes in pregnancy.

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Last updated: 19 March 2020

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