Australian Health Care

Discussion in 'Australia' started by biscuit, Jul 2, 2008.

  1. biscuit

    biscuit Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2008
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    I was wondering if anyone could give me a bit of a run down as to what I should expect in the way of antenatal care here in Australia, on the public health system.

    I am from the UK and would assume things are pretty similar but my doctor has been useless so far and I am still a bit in the dark. I am 10.5 weeks along and have my booking in appointment on the 24th of July (I'll be about 13.5 by then). I have been told no scan until 20 weeks and they won't even try to find a heart beat before then!

    Anyone been involved in a Know Your Midwife scheme? What's that like?
  2. Carley

    Carley Mama to one and pregnant

    Mar 4, 2008
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    I'm high risk but I can give you a general idea.
    They won't normally see you until 12 weeks unless there's medical reasons to do so.
    They normally try for the heartbeat from 15 weeks :)
    They should do a 12 week scan for dating, to check for downs and other problems.
    Then you have the 18-22 week scan. Checking for problems, gender (if you wish to know)
    Up until 28 weeks (i think) appointments are every 4 weeks.
    From 28 weeks until 36 weeks, every 2 weeks.
    From 36 weeks, every week.
  3. Abbys_Mummy

    Abbys_Mummy Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 2008
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    Im a high risk patient to and its about the same all varys from state to state though

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