Hi @LisaMaria. It's all so confusing isn't it? So this is what I learnt from the GP yesterday (also first time meeting her as I don't have a GP) and from some googling.
GP has sent a referral to the women's hospital and I can now choose what form of care I want. But they won't see me until after 20 weeks either.
At 12 weeks you go for a scan (mine won't be at the hospital) and then wait for your hospital appointment at about 20 weeks.
My understanding is that shared care means your GP does your blood work, measurements, weight, general check ups instead of going into the hospital to do it. You have a few midwife appointments (I think 2-3 throughout the last 20 weeks)
I've heard my particular hospitals midwife led care is excellent. Although the more I read on shared care The more convenient I think it will be. And I think in your case since you don't have a women's hospital anyway you probably won't lose out on anything.
My GP is 2 minutes down the road and I don't have to pay for parking. I can book appointments when it suits me rather than the set days that the hospital offer.
Maybe do some reading on your particular hospitals program and see how you feel. Also maybe start looking for a really good GP you feel comfortable with?
These decisions feel like such big ones right now. It's hard to know what the best thing to do is.
Good luck, let me know what you decide.