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Options of care during your pregnancy - North

At the THS we believe it is important to involve you in all aspects of your pregnancy care. Statewide services do vary so what is available in Hobart may be different in Launceston or on the North West coast.  There may be circumstances when one or more of these options may not be suitable for you due to medical or other reasons.  Please feel free to discuss your options with your midwife and/or doctor.

Antenatal visits will not cover all your educational requirements for labour, birth and the transition to parenting.  For this reason the THS recommends antenatal online education with additional telehealth links to meet your specific needs.

We have developed a virtual tour to provide information including after hours access to the hospital, Birth Suite and parking.

In the THS midwives work in all models of care so if you have medical or other circumstances resulting in the need for you to be cared for in a medical clinic you will still see midwives during your antenatal visits.

Some women receiving Midwifery care may be required to have an appointment with one of our doctors at 36 weeks due to a medical reason like a previous caesarean birth or diet controlled gestational diabetes.

Team Midwives

You will be cared for by a team of midwives, in consultation with our doctors, during your pregnancy.

Where possible the TEAM midwives will be available to care for you during birth and after your baby is born. However, we cannot guarantee you will have met your birth midwife. This gives you the chance to get to know some of the midwives who may care for you.

Midwifery Group Practice

You will be cared for by a primary (and backup) midwife who you will get to know well for your pregnancy, labour, birth and postnatal needs. This model of care offers the most continuity possible and includes a shorter hospital stay of 4-6 hours after the birth. Then you will have one on one visits in your home for up to 10-14  days according to your assessed needs. The pregnancy care will occur primarily in community clinics with the venue negotiated directly with you.

Midwife Satellite Clinics

Satellite clinics make our services conveniently available to women within  their local community. To find out if there is a clinic in your area ask your midwife or contact the Pregnancy and Gynaecology Clinic to find out what is available. The clinics are run by midwives and are for normal risk women.

These midwives give antenatal care only and will not be available for your labour and/or birth.

GP Shared Care

Your family doctor in consultation with the hospital doctors and midwives will care for you in pregnancy.  You will still need to book in at the hospital.  Some situations may exclude you from GP Shared Care such as high BMI, twins, some medical conditions and previous pregnancy problems.

Medical Clinic

Women are referred to Medical clinics due to health needs. These models  of care encompass a team approach between the obstetric doctors and the clinic midwives who are both available to complete antenatal appointments. There are varying types of medical clinics available thus ensuring best care depending on your circumstances. If you are required to be cared for in one of our Medical Clinics this may be discussed when you first see your GP or at your first appointment at the Pregnancy Clinic.

Launceston General Hospital Maternity Contacts

Launceston General Hospital Contacts

Pregnancy and Gynaecology Clinic

1300 977 694

Allied Health - Social Work

(03) 6777 6245

Appointments & Enquiries

1300 977 694

Allied Health - Physiotherapy

(03) 6777 6216

Birthing Suite - Ward 4B 24hrs Advice

(03) 6777 8951

LGH Enquiries

(03) 6777 6777

Pregnancy Assessment Clinic (PAC)

1300 977 694

LGH Radiology

(03) 6777 6085

Birth & Parenting Enquiries

1300 977 694

NESM Hospital - Scottsdale

(03) 6778 8529

Appointments

1300 977 694

Appointments & Class Enquiries

(03) 6778 8522

Antenatal education

The Tasmanian Health Service (THS) Women’s and Children’s Service’s (WACS) offers antenatal educational online including video clips and telehealth sessions.

Antenatal online information is designed in five sections to help you with your physical, mental and emotional preparation for pregnancy, birth, early parenting and feeding your baby.

This allows you and your support person, the opportunity to examine the information at your own leisure. There will be a group telehealth antenatal education session scheduled with a midwife to link in from the comfort of your home.  If you required 1:1 phone or telehealth session, this can be also scheduled.

By writing questions down you can discuss ideas, thoughts and choices for birthing and parenting with your health professional at your next visit.

It is best to commence your Birth, Parenting & Breastfeeding information sessions around 28 - 32 weeks gestation.

Bookings for all telehealth and 1:1 phone session are essential and can be made through the Pregnancy and Gynaecology Clinic reception or by phoning 1300 977 694 between 9.00am and 4.00pm, Monday to Friday.

Please review the following video clips and information before attending the telehealth antenatal education session.

Pregnancy and Parenting

We recommend you link into a birth and parenting online information, especially if this is your or your partners first child. Birth and parenting telehealth sessions are facilitated by midwives. They will cover self help skills, an understanding of labour and birth, feeding, unexpected outcomes, natural and medical pain relief options to help make informed choices. Transition to parenting can be a busy but exciting time. We offer you some strategies to cope with the early days at home and give you information regarding follow up support in the community.

Please read the Maternity Information Package as this may also answer questions or concerns you might have or take a look at our Pregnancy Education and Parenting Education Presentations

Virtual Tour of the Maternity Unit

Labour and Birth

The labour process is a unique experience for each woman. It can be helpful to have an understanding of the birth process and stages of labour, and the different strategies and options for pain relief if required. This is an exciting time however, it is necessary for you to call the Birth Suite prior to presenting so we can ask some important questions regarding you and your support person’s current health status. Please also feel free to take a look at our Labour and Birth Education Presentation for more information.

Breastfeeding

Breastmilk is the most nutritious food you can give your baby. Breastfeeding is natural but a learned skill. We recommend you link into the online video on antenatal breastfeeding tips. Partners are encouraged to also link in with educational sessions as their support is essential.

All THS hospitals are accredited Baby Friendly Hospitals and follow the 10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding. The full Breastfeeding policy is available on request.

If you have specific concerns, you can ask your Midwife or Health Professional to book a one on one telephone / telehealth appointment with a lactation consultant.

Breastfeeding Resources

The Maternity Information Package is provided to all Tasmanian women when booking into hospital. If you have not received your copy, please ask. It is also available on the THS internet site.

Tasmanian Health Service (THS) women’s and children’s staff use credible online resources to assist education and information for mother, babies and families in our care. We believe you may find the following list helpful:

  • THS Breastfeeding Education Presentation:
    Produced by the Tasmanian Health Service
  • Australian Breastfeeding Association:  
    Breastfeeding Helpline  1800 686 268 available any time and any day. Great resource with information and links to many topics, from basic breastfeeding information to more complex needs.
  • Raising Children:
    Australian Parenting Website Provides up-to-date information on many aspects of being a parent. Funded by the Australian Government and reviewed by experts.  Articles, videos and interactive resources from newborn to teenager – and helping you to look after yourself as a parent as well.
  • Pregnancy, Birth & Baby website
    Pregnancy, Birth and Baby is funded by the Australian Government and operated by Healthdirect Australia.
  • Child Health & Parenting Service
    In Tasmania, Child Health nurses provide free health and development checks for all children from newborn to 5 years. Please refer to the link below for access to your local Clinic or contact 1300 064 544
  • Child Health Association Tasmania provides parent support, access their facebook page via Northern Mum's Network or   North West Mum's Network
  • Mum Space is an online mental health resource for pregnant and new mums and their support network. Visit www.mumspace.com.au or email  piri@austin.org.au
  • Tasmanian Department of Health, “Healthy Tasmania” initiative
    Giving children a healthy start sets them up for life!  Here you will find key information about eating and physical activity for raising healthy Tasmanian kids.
  • Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne
  • Excellent website offering a wide variety of fact sheets on women's health topics. Some fact sheets are also available in different languages

Antenatal Breast Expressing (EBM)

If recommended by your health professional, some women may be asked to commence gentle hand expression of breast after 34weeks of pregnancy. This can be frozen until after you deliver then utilised to aid the stablisation of your infant’s blood sugar levels.

Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Service

Social worker  services are available at the LGH to assist you with  further referrals. Please discuss with you midwife  or doctor or GP.

The Mental Health Service Hotline is also available 24hours  a day freecall 1800 332 338.

Life Line: 1300 364 566

Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia
www.panda.org.au

Beyond Blue
www.beyondblue.org.au

Centre of Perinatal Excellence
www.cope.org.au

Pregnancy Assessment Centre (PAC)

The Pregnancy Assessment Clinic (PAC) is located within the Pregnancy and Gynaecology Clinic on Level 3 of the LGH operating between Monday to Friday.

PAC midwives see women for assessment by appointment throughout their pregnancy if there are concerns or for treatment and review of both mother & baby.

You may be referred to the PAC for assessment by your Doctor or Midwife.

When you come to PAC, the midwives and doctor will assess the well being of you and your baby. After this assessment you will either go home or be admitted to the Maternity Unit.

If you go home from PAC, it is important that you follow the advice given and attend any follow up appointments.

Please do not hesitate to ring PAC if you have any further concerns.

Limited space within this area results in lack of privacy for intimate procedures. To avoid over crowding:

  • Only one visitor/support person is permitted to stay with you at the discretion of PAC midwives;
  • The visitor/support person is required to remain with you behind the curtains; and
  • No children are allowed.

Care before being booked in

If you are pregnant but not yet booked in to access care at the THS and experience pain or bleeding you will need to visit the Emergency Department of your closest THS hospital.

You may also be referred to the PAC for assessment by your Doctor or Midwife.

Social Work Department

Provides patients with social and emotional  support, practical information related to pregnancy and assist with discharge planning. The services are free and available to patients and their families. Social Workers assist people to make decisions about things that are important to them.  Social Workers encourage people to be involved in their own care and to explore all available choices. If you would like to speak to a social worker, please ask the staff or contact the Social Work Department on (03) 6777 6245.

Maternity Unit patient accommodation

Rooming In

The Maternity  Unit has a rooming in policy, which means, your baby is with you 24 hours a day. During your stay in the Maternity Unit you are responsible for the care, supervision and safety of your baby. It is your responsibility not to leave your baby unattended.

Tell staff if you intend to leave the ward for any reason. If you leave your room/ward during visiting hours ask a family member to watch your baby.

Please note we do not have a nursery for well babies. Having your baby room in with you ensures you start to recognise their needs for feeding and comfort from birth and is part of the ‘Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative’ in all THS hospitals.

Birthing Suites

Birth Suites are situated on Ward 4B and are designed for you to labour, give birth and spend the first few hours with your baby.

If you have chosen to stay in hospital, you will be transferred to the maternity ward when you and your baby have been checked and are ready to do so.

Ward Rooms

Ward 4O provides Maternity Ward Accommodation  at the LGH.

Currently Ward 4O has 10 single rooms. The remaining 9 rooms are shared twin accommodation with a shared bathroom. Your partner cannot stay in these rooms. The single rooms are generally used for women with specific medical requirements or are privately insured.

You will be cared for in a ward room if you are admitted antenatally, or for your postnatal care. If you are having a planned caesarean section you will be admitted to Ward 4O prior to your operation.

Arriving at the Maternity Unit for Elective Admissions

Patients requiring admission to the Maternity Unit between 7am and 4.30pm for a planned caesarean section - Monday to Friday should go to Ward 4O on Level 4 of the LGH.

If you are in labour or having a planned induction of labour please go straight to Ward 4B - Birthing Suite on Level 4 of the LGH.

Telephone contact for women in labour is (03) 6777 8951.

Visitors

The Maternity Unit security doors will be closed at all times. Only One support person for the duration of patients stay, once a day only.

No children are permitted to visit and no other visitors permitted.

Parking

Car Parks are privately owned  and operate paid parking in and around the LGH.

Valid tickets must be displayed at all times. Please ensure that you have read signage. Ticket machines are available in all car parks & if coins are needed there is a machine available near the front entrance of LGH on Level 3 Charles Street entrance.

Students

All THS hospitals are teaching hospitals and have the responsibility for teaching a wide range of students in the health care professions.

We ask for your  permission  to involve students in your care, this will help to educate the students who will be the health care professionals of the future.

Interpreter service

The THS provides interpreters as required, to interpret medical information for patients of non English speaking background. This service is provided to ensure the best clinical outcomes for the patient are achieved.

The Hospital does not use family members or friends to interpret medical information, other than in the case of emergencies.

Please discuss any interpreter needs with your doctor of midwife.

Aboriginal Health liasion service

An Aboriginal Health Liaison Offcer (AHLO)  is employed  by the hospital to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people  access, understand  and enhance their hospital care. The AHLO is here to offer you and your family support. You can ask the staff to arrange this for you. The AHLO Service is available to both patients and their families.

Refugee/Migrant liasion officer

The Refugee/Migrant Liaison Officer  is employed by the Hospital to assist patients and their families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to fully access and benefit from the hospital and support  services.  Staff can arrange a referral for you too if needed.

Smoking

All THS hospitals are smoke free environments for patients and visitors. This includes the hospital grounds.

Television

Channel 110 is our free educational station which  covers topics such as breastfeeding tips, and caring for your newborn baby.

Overhead televisions (free to air channels) are available for hire. Please enquire about details upon admission.

Kiosk

9.00am - 7.00pm, Monday - Friday & Saturday

1.00pm - 7.00pm, Sunday

Meal times

Approximate times are: Breakfast 8.00am, Lunch 12 midday, and Dinner 5.00pm. Snack items are available in the pantry on the ward (for mothers only).

Please advise us if you have any special dietary requirements.  For example if you are diabetic or vegetarian, and we will advise catering services. All food and drink placed in the pantry fridge must be labelled with your name and a date (labels provided,  just ask the midwife caring for you).

Safety - small electrical appliances

For safety reasons patients are discouraged from bringing small electrical items (ie, computers, electronic tablets etc) into THS hospitals. However, if you do bring small electrical appliances into hospital you must comply with THS policy. Further details on the policy can be obtained from ward/unit staff.

Prior to bringing small electrical appliances into hospital they must be tested and tagged to ensure compliance with electrical safety standards (at your expense). The THS does not accept any responsibility/ liability for damage or theft of appliances.

Where to go for Your Pregnancy Tests

Ultrasound Department

The Ultrasound Department  is located in the Radiology Department on Level 3 of the LGH.

Pathology Tests and Bookings

It is advised that you have all blood tests ordered by your GP taken before your booking in appointment, so that appropriate care can be arranged for you.

The diabetes in pregnancy blood test (POGTT or Fasting BSL) requires you to have fasted from the night before. Your Midwife or GP will give you a written instruction leaflet. It is best to present to pathology early, and allow 2-3 hours for the completion of this test.

LGH Pathology is located on Level 2 and can be accessed from the Frankland Street Entrance.

Pathology parking is available here also.