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    Default Hospital care in pregnancy - who do you call?

    So with DD I was with the midwifery group practice at the Mater Mothers in Brisbane. I really wanted it this time around, but I was really upset to find my GP put me down for 'shared care' without consulting me, so I missed the window to get into MGP. Since that issue with the doctor, I've switched to hospital care, but I'm struggling. I had my last appointment at 18 weeks, had the morph scan, had to see GP for the last time for that, but now I don't have another appointment with the hospital until 28 weeks!

    I've never had to deal with the mater like this before, and I'm finding myself with some aches and pains and general questions, that a midwife could provide some relief from my anxieties - but I don't have one to call now!

    So who do you call when just going through the hospital care? I don't want to call the Mater itself because I don't want to have to go in for something minor, plus we can't afford the $16-20 parking fee everytime, and it's a 30min drive, but I would like any fears I have eased before I need to wait another 4 weeks for my appointment! I get that it's busy for them, but 10 weeks to wait between appointments and no number to call except for an emergency just seems really... lacking.

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    Whichever hospital you are booked into, call the birth suite or midwife office

    If you explain to them that you'd rather not drive in, they may suggest other avenues, probably just to see your GP.
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    That's what I'm afraid of too - my GP is booked out for weeks in advance, and when I do see her, I can't understand her that well. I went to her once for a spot of blood after my scan and she brushed it off and put none of my fears at ease. I suffer from high, high levels of anxiety, so I'm probably fine, but I feel like i'm just being bumped from place to place, whereas the midwife group practice I felt like someone who was listened to

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    when you call maybe ask the midwives if they can recommend somewhere? Ny last pregnancy I had a GP like that so I understand your pain, but thankfully in my case my hospital wasn't as bad.

    Are there other GPs you trust in your area?

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    Unfortunately, no. We had a great GP that I saw in the beginning of pregnancy with DD, and after for awhile, but she moved, and they can't tell us where. Around here it seems to just be Bulk billing with 2+ hour waits everywhere you go, and mostly places that don't make appointments!

    I might see how I go after a lie down, and call the hospital and ask them, maybe they can give me an earlier appointment or something

    thanks <3

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    I agree to calling the midwives at the Mater, there should be a number on their website for the assessment unit ( which is where I go if I have any troubles or concerns) but if not I have the number here if you need.

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    Yes Mater have a maternity assessment unit. Just call the mothers and ask to be put through

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    Thanks Katey! Now I'm 24 weeks as of yesterday at least I'll be assessed and taken a bit more seriously! I've got the number in my blue book thingy so I might just call them and ask the questions, and ask if there is a different number to call with 'non emergency' pregnancy related q's, thanks though!

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    Can you google ur old GP's name & see what comes up. Thats how i found our old GP when she moved practices.

    You might need to mention to the midwives when you call that you are feeling anxious and the might be able to schedule your appt's closer together

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    Quote Originally Posted by RmumR View Post
    Can you google ur old GP's name & see what comes up. Thats how i found our old GP when she moved practices.

    You might need to mention to the midwives when you call that you are feeling anxious and the might be able to schedule your appt's closer together
    I just looked her up, and if it is her, it looks like she's moved to VIC. Boo! Yeah I'm definitely going to be asking for more appointments, they are aware of my anxiety issues, but since it's not depression they weren't overly caring about it as a whole.


 

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