Pregnant? What to do next
Congratulations on your pregnancy. We are here to guide you through your journey and provide support and information to help you during your pregnancy.
Here are the steps to follow:
Step 1 Contact your GP or private midwife
Visit your general practitioner (GP) to confirm your pregnancy, discuss your maternity care options and find out what kind of support is available in your community. Alternatively, you can contact a private midwife who is able to do the same tests and also provide your pregnancy care.
At your appointment, your GP or private midwife will advise you on your expected due date and will organise:
- referral to Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital
- urine test
- blood tests
You will need to take your Medicare card to your appointment. If you don’t hold a current Medicare card, please speak to your GP or private midwife regarding referral to a hospital in your local area or to a private hospital.
If you’re above a healthy weight pre-pregnancy (BMI>25kg/m2) or gaining weight quickly during pregnancy, you can register or your GP can refer you to our Living Well During Pregnancy Program. This is a free telephone coaching program that supports you to live a healthy lifestyle during pregnancy.
Step 2 Referral letter
Your GP or private midwife will send a referral letter to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.
Step 3 Online registration
Read the maternity care options available before completing your online registration. The form ensures we have the most current information for your appointment. Once we receive your referral letter and your online registration, we will send you an appointment letter with your first appointment date.
Step 4 Pregnancy appointment
At your first appointment, your midwife will talk to you about the different stages and check-ups needed during your pregnancy. Your appointments will generally follow the recommended antenatal schedule as shown in your Pregnancy Health Record, which will be given to you at your first appointment.
Maternity outpatient appointments
Location: Ground floor, Ned Hanlon Building
Phone: (07) 3646 7182
Open: Monday-Friday 8.00am-4.00pm
Private practice appointments
Phone: (07) 3646 3395