Pregnancy and birthing services in the Top End

Pregnancy and 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 read more on pregnancy screening and testing.

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 water birth.

Your 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 about 38 weeks of pregnancy.

You will stay in self-care accommodation to await the birth of your baby.

Visiting hours

The ward is open from 7.30am to 7pm.

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.

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

First clinic visit

Your first pregnancy, or ‘booking in’ visits are offered in your home or at the hospital.

At hospital you will be shown the maternity ward.

You will help the midwives plan your pregnancy care.

The midwife will discuss the following with you:

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

Your first visit may take up to an hour.

Your 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.

If you are from a remote community you will go to the antenatal clinic from about 38 weeks of pregnancy, once you have arrived in Gove.

You will 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.

You can book an appointment with the midwives and doctors by calling (08) 8987 0219.If you need an interpreter you should ask the receptionist when booking your appointment.

Obstetrician clinic

The maternity ward has GPs with advanced obstetric skills.

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

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.

You will visit again around 38 weeks of pregnancy for a tour of the maternity ward and to meet the midwives.

Your pregnancy health record is important.

Your shared care relies on this record as it contains all of your current medical information.

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

Well-women's clinic

This clinic is run by midwives and available fortnightly for women to have pap smears.

Childbirth education classes

Childbirth education classes are run according to need, usually every 2 months.

Your class will have similar information as Darwin childbirth education.

For more information on childbirth education classes 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.

You may need to be referred to Darwin if you have a higher risk pregnancy, for example:

  • you have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 35 or greater
  • you have 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: 18 December 2017

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