I will be moving from Lismore to Wollongong in my 30th week of pregnancy (3 weeks away).
I just called the antenatal clinic at Wollongong Hospital and she said I can't 'book in' over the phone. I have to go the the admissions desk, fill in some paper work, then go up and see them. They will then make an appointment for me, which usually takes a month. Because I am still in Lismore I can't do this until I move down.
I was pretty shocked at this. Who am I meant to see during that month for my antenatal care??? This means I may not see a midwife at the hospital until I'm 34 weeks. I'm scared I'll miss out on prenatal classes too as they only run them every 5 weeks. This is my first baby and I am extremely anxious that everything is being left to the last minute.
I am currently getting shared care with a GP in Lismore. I have not 'booked in' to any hospitals because I knew I would be moving, so have not seen any midwives etc. I don't even know what a birthing suite or maternity ward looks like.