The Antenatal Clinic is on the eighth floor of the Royal Darwin Hospital.
Your first visit to the clinic should be from 14 weeks of pregnancy onward.
You need to bring the following to your first appointment:
- Medicare card - or your passport if you don't have a Medicare card
- health care card
- letter of appointment
- a copy of any test results for this pregnancy
- general practitioner (GP) contact details and your referral letter
- private health insurance card.
The first appointment may take up to an hour. A doctor and midwife will discuss the following with you:
- your medical, surgical and social history
- your general wellbeing
- pregnancy care options
- childbirth education classes
- visits scheduled throughout your pregnancy
- feeding preferences for the baby
- birth choices
- pregnancy health record.
After your first visit your obstetrician and midwife will discuss the type of care you will need for your pregnancy.
If you live remotely you can usually book an appointment in Darwin from 38 weeks in pregnancy onwards.
For more information about the Antenatal Clinic call (08) 892 7985
Day pregnancy assessment service
You may need extra care during pregnancy, which is provided through the Day Pregnancy Assessment Service (DPAS).
You will be referred to this service by doctors in the Antenatal Clinic.
DPAS is in the delivery suite on the sixth floor.
To contact DPAS call (08) 8922 8643.
Obstetric antenatal clinic
An obstetrician is a specialist doctor who provides care for women who need specialist medical care during pregnancy, birth and after birth.
Obstetrics clinics are held Monday to Friday in the Obstetric Antenatal Clinic on the eighth floor of the Royal Darwin Hospital.
If you have diabetes
Women with diabetes may need to see an obstetrician as well as an endocrinologist (a doctor that specialises in diabetes care).
Midwives and diabetic educators will also give you education and support.
Each antenatal visit is scheduled around your needs. You will have general pregnancy assessments during these visits to reduce the number of times you have to visit the hospital.
To contact the Obstetric Antenatal Clinic call (08) 8922 7985.