Once you suspect you may be pregnant you need to make an appointment to see your local general practitioner (GP). If you do not have a regular GP you can find one in the Yellow Pages or by calling healthdirect Australia on 1800 022 222.
Your GP will confirm your pregnancy, ask you about your medical history, perform a health assessment, provide you with pregnancy health information and order any investigations needed (blood tests, ultrasound etc).
Your GP will also discuss your care options with you and provide information on services available in your area. These options may include: public hospitals, private obstetricians and hospitals, Family Birth Centre, community midwifery care, private practise midwifery care and GP shared-care.
Once you have made a decision about the type of care you’d like to receive, your GP will provide you with a referral letter and/or contact information.
You are able to self-refer to some services including KEMH’s Family Birth Centre, Community Midwifery WA and private practise midwifery care.
Women experiencing a 'low-risk' pregnancy will be referred to their local maternity service for care, or can self-refer to the Family Birth Centre, located on King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEMH) grounds. Please visit HealthyWA 'Having a baby in a public hospital' page to see which public maternity hospital you will be referred to, based on where you live.
King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEMH) is the local maternity service for women living within the following areas:
The Family Birth Centre, located on the grounds of KEMH, accepts healthy women, who anticipate a 'low-risk' pregnancy and birth, from anywhere within the Perth metropolitan area. Due to high demand, places in the Family Birth Centre are limited so please book in early.