What to expect
Your first appointment takes between 30 to 60 minutes and we have a lot to talk about:
- Your medical history – including a medical check up
- We may perform an ultrasound – we recommend you bring your partner or a support person so that they can get excited with you!
- Any medical issues you may encounter in your pregnancy and how to manage them
- We will discuss the different options available for Downs Syndrome and Genetic Carrier Screening tests
- Vaccinations such as flu and whooping cough and when to get them
How often will I be seen?
As part of your first appointment, you and your doctor will make a plan for your pregnancy.
As a basic guideline we will see you:
8/10 weeks to 28 weeks – every 3 to 4 weeks
28 weeks to 36 weeks – fortnightly
36 weeks to birth – weekly
This is a basic guideline only and your timeline may vary depending on your pregnancy.
The doctors do try to run to schedule but sometimes there can be unavoidable delays. Where possible, we will try to notify you if we are running late.
What you need to do
You will need a referral from a doctor for your appointment. This can be from a specialist or a GP. Please keep in mind, a GP referral lasts for your whole pregnancy while a specialist referral only lasts for 3 months.
When you book your appointment we will send you some paperwork for you to complete and return to us with your referral before we see you. If you have any tests or ultrasounds, please send these through too or request that your doctor be sent the results. This allows us to do all the things we need to do before we see you and then the appointment is all about you!
Check out our helpful topics and think about any further questions that you would like to ask at your appointment. We love questions and want you to feel comfortable and reassured throughout your pregnancy.
Fees to expect
We will provide you with a list of our fees in our financial consent form.
Other fees from other providers can include:
Please be advised, we cannot advise you about what these fees are as they vary from place to place and doctor to doctor.