Darwin maternity services
There are several pregnancy care options for you if you live in the Top End.
Generally if you have an uncomplicated birth in the delivery suite or Birth Centre at Royal Darwin Hospital you can be transferred home four hours after.
If you need extra care you will be transferred to the maternity ward.
Once you go home domiciliary midwives will visit you and your baby at home up until 10 days after the birth.
This is the most common choice for women, sharing care with you doctor.
A general practitioner (GP) can organise and discuss all tests and ultrasounds recommended during pregnancy.
All your appointments will be recorded in your Pregnancy Health Record so that all health professionals you visit can access your most current information. You must bring this record to all appointments.
All labour and birth care will be with midwives and doctors in the delivery suite at the Royal Darwin Hospital.
A midwife is an expert in normal pregnancy, labour, birth and after birth care.
Midwives do the following:
- perform pregnancy checks
- discuss options of care and support
- provide information to take home.
All labour and care is carried out by midwives and doctors in the delivery suite.
For more information on the midwives clinics call (08) 8922 7985.
Darwin Midwives Clinic
8th floor, Royal Darwin Hospital
Darwin clinics are daily from Monday to Friday
Palmerston Midwives Clinic
Health Precinct, Roystonea Avenue, Palmerston
Palmerston clinics are twice weekly.
Community Midwifery Practice
You can join the Community Midwifery Practice (CMP) if your pregnancy is assessed as 'low risk' by a midwife or doctor and you live within a 25km radius of Royal Darwin Hospital.
CMP midwives work in groups of three and share the pregnancy, birth and after birth care for women and babies.
The labour and birth usually takes place in the Birth Centre.
The CMP also has a 24 hour on-call midwifery labour and after birth support, with daily midwifery visits in the home until five days after the birth.
After then you can visit the clinic until the baby is three weeks old.
You can join the practice by expressing interest from 12 weeks of pregnancy by calling (08) 8922 6999.
Group pregnancy care
If you choose this option of care you will meet with a midwife in a small group for all of your pregnancy visits. The group will include women with similar due dates.
In these meetings you will share information about pregnancy changes, and preparation for the birth and parenting. The midwife will do a pregnancy check-up at each meeting.
All labour and birth will be in the delivery suite.
For more information about group pregnancy care call (08) 8922 6933 or (08) 8922 6997.
Darwin Home Birth Service
Go to homebirthing in the NT.
Midwifery group practice
This option of care is for Aboriginal women from regional and remote communities in the Top End.
You will usually travel to Darwin at 37 weeks to begin care at the Wanguri clinic.
Birth may take place in the Darwin Birth Centre or the delivery suite, depending on your situation.
The Midwifery Group Practice clinic rooms are located at the Wanguri Shopping Centre, Wanguri Terrace, Wanguri.
For more information call (08) 8944 8627.