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Antenatal care

01 April 2020

Some of you might be worrying about reduced face to face antenatal visits. We appreciate that these are unnerving times. Let us reassure you.
 
The majority of obstetrician’s and hospital clinics are starting to offer telehealth appointments for some visits. However due to the nature of obstetrics, especially in the third trimester, pregnant women need to be seen and the growth of their baby monitored, and a physical examination performed. This includes blood pressure checks. If a visit can be done via telehealth in an uncomplicated pregnancy, then this is best practice in this climate.
 
Some pregnancies are more high risk and will need monitoring. Each clinic and obstetrician will triage appointments according to each individual patient and, of course, if there are any concerns, or increased risk, an antenatal visit can be arranged.
 
In addition, delivery suites are operating 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Any pregnant patient who has concerns about her pregnancy is still encouraged to call the hospital where she is booked.
 
Regarding blood pressure checks and vaccinations, pharmacies are aware to be compliant with sterilising equipment between patients. Vaccinations are currently administered by GPs. They have not been distributed to those providing obstetric care at the moment. But these are ever changing times and it may be that they will be given by obstetricians in the future.
 
GPs are particularly compliant to the new hygiene guidelines of social distancing/handwashing/appointment times under 15 minutes and you can feel comfortable having an appointment with your GP.
 
More of RANZCOG’s advice is on our website.
 
Wishing you every happiness during your pregnancy and with the birth of your baby.
 
Dr Vijay Roach
President, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists



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