|Dr O’Neill’s antenatal care is structured to provide safe, high quality care throughout your pregnancy. Through regular appointments the health of you and your baby is monitored and you will be offered timely information and advice. As pregnancy progresses, there is ample time to plan the labour and delivery you anticipate.
Dr O’Neill is very happy for you to bring your partner to any of your appointments; however, she is very understanding that partners are not always able to attend due to work commitments. If your partner is having trouble taking time off work the most important appointments to attend will be: Initial appointment with Dr O’Neill, 12-13 week ultrasound, Fetal Anatomy Ultrasound at 19 weeks gestation and the last few weeks of pregnancy, to ensure you’ve both had the opportunity to discuss labour and delivery.
|Subsequent Antenatal Appointments
Subsequent appointments are usually four to six weekly until 30 weeks gestation, two to three weeks until 36 weeks gestation, and then weekly until delivery. The frequency may vary depending on how pregnancy is progressing.
At these visits the midwife will perform the tests to monitor your wellbeing in pregnancy, and Dr O’Neill will assess the growth of your baby and perform an ultrasound. Regular checks are important to make sure you are not developing signs of complications in pregnancy, such as Pre-Eclampsia or Intrauterine Growth Restriction (IUGR). You are always welcome to ask questions and discuss aspects of your pregnancy.
Regular antenatal visits will guide you through pregnancy and all changes along the way. As your due date approaches, planning your labour and delivery begins. Most couples find the parent education program through the hospital provides a helpful foundation for planning labour and delivery; Dr O’Neill is passionate about ensuring you have had ample opportunity to discuss labour and delivery in an empathetic and supportive setting, before the big day arrives.
One of the practice midwives will call you at around two weeks postnatal to check everything is going well. Your postnatal appointment will also be booked, if you have not done this already.
Dr O’Neill will see you again at your postnatal appointment (six weeks after delivery). This is an opportunity to discuss contraception and ensure your Pap smear is up to date. It is also a good time to discuss your labour and delivery, and ask any questions you may have. You are not required to bring your baby to this appointment; however, Dr O’Neill and her team always love to have a look at the finished product.
If you have any concerns about your health prior to six weeks you are welcome to phone the office and Dr O’Neill will see you as required.