Hospital booking in appointment
Once you’ve confirmed your pregnancy with your GP, they’ll refer you to your local hospital for a ‘booking in’ appointment. It’s a good idea to try to have this appointment early in your pregnancy, ideally within your first trimester or before 12 to 14 weeks gestation as this allows for appropriately timed care to support the best outcomes for you and your baby.
It’s Ok if you don’t have a doctors referral as you can also self-refer by contacting one of the maternity or Aboriginal Maternal Infant Health (AMIHS) clinics.
Your booking in appointment will take around 90 minutes. We encourage you to bring your partner or support people with you and if you have any questions, talk to your midwife.
During this appointment you’ll be asked a number of questions about your medical history including previous pregnancies and your family medical history. This appointment is important as it allows the midwife to make appropriate referrals to ensure you receive the correct support and care based on your individual needs.
Some of questions the midwife will ask about your past and current history may be personal and if you have your partner or support person with you they may be asked to leave for a short time to allow for privacy.
Before coming to the booking in appointment we recommend you read about your health care rights and responsibilities.
If you have any results or referral letter from your GP please remember to bring any them to this appointment.
Within this appointment the midwife will also give you:
- a referral to the NSW Health Get Healthy in Pregnancy service
- information and referral for an 18 week morphology ultrasound
- information on parenting classes
- referrals to other services based on your history and individual needs.
At the end of this appointment the midwife will discuss your options of model of care.