Birthing services in Gove

This page has information about birthing services for women in the Gove region.

Read more about Gove District Hospital.

If you are in the early stages of your pregnancy go to pregnancy screening.

For more information call the Gove District Hospital maternity ward on (08) 8987 0219.

Maternity ward

The Gove Hospital maternity ward has eight inpatient beds with two birthing rooms. 

One of the birth rooms has a bath that you can use for pain relief or a waterbirth.

The length of your stay in the maternity ward will depend on your needs. 

If you are travelling from a remote community you will come to Gove at 38 weeks of pregnancy to stay in self-care accommodation to await the birth of your baby. 

Visiting hours 

The ward is open from 8am to 8pm. 

Consider the mother's rest needs when visiting.

Pregnancy care options

You have several pregnancy care options at Gove Hospital.

Midwifery care

You can self-refer to the midwives clinic when your pregnancy has been confirmed by calling (08) 8987 0219.

Midwives will perform pregnancy checks, discuss your options of care and support for pregnancy, labour, birth and newborn care.

First visit clinic

This clinic is held once a month and will introduce you to the maternity ward and helps the midwives to plan your pregnancy.

The midwife will discuss the following with you:

  • pregnancy care options
  • birthing room tour
  • childbirth education classes
  • visits scheduled throughout your pregnancy
  • your pregnancy health record
  • feeding preferences for your baby.

The first visit may take up to an hour. A doctor and midwife will discuss and record your medical, surgical, social history and general wellbeing.

Antenatal Clinic

The Antenatal Clinic provides ongoing care and support throughout pregnancy each week. 

You can book an appointment with the doctors and midwives by calling (08) 8987 0219.

If you are from a remote community you will go to the antenatal clinic from 38 weeks pregnant, once you have arrived at Gove.

You should bring the following to your appointment:

  • Medicare card - if you don't have a Medicare care you must bring your passport
  • health care card
  • letter of appointment
  • a copy of any test results for this pregnancy
  • your doctor's contact details
  • private health insurance details.

If you need an interpreter you should ask the receptionist when booking your appointment.

Obstetrician Clinic

If you need to see a specialist obstetric doctor you may need to be referred to the Obstetric Clinic at Royal Darwin Hospital.

Community shared pregnancy care

You can choose to share your pregnancy care between the maternity ward, community health clinics and/or the Endeavour Medical Centre.

Aboriginal women in the Gove region may choose to have pregnancy care with the Miwatj Health Clinic and the Gove District Hospital.

Women from remote communities will visit the hospital at 18 to 20 weeks of pregnancy to have an ultrasound at the hospital and again later around 37 weeks of pregnancy, for a tour of the maternity ward and to meet the midwives.

Shared care relies on the pregnancy health record which records all of your current medical information.

All labour and birth care will be in the birth rooms in the maternity ward.

Well-women's clinic

This clinic is held once a week. Women can have a pap smear or a general check-up.

Childbirth education classes

Childbirth education classes cover the same topics as the Darwin childbirth education.

For more information call the Gove maternity ward on (08) 8987 0219.

Labour and birth

You will be looked after by a team of midwives and doctors during your birth and labour at Gove District Hospital.

If you have a higher risk pregnancy you may be transferred to a larger hospital such as Royal Darwin Hospital. 

This could be caused by the following:

  • a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 35 or greater
  • a premature labour - labour starting before 36 weeks of pregnancy.

You should have a six week post-birth check-up with your general practitioner (GP) or at your nearest community care centre.

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Last updated: 10 November 2017