Midwife Lead Shared-care
St John of God Bunbury Delivered Antenatal Service
Vestrum is delighted to announce this new service as of 2015. Open to women with private health cover wishing to have their baby at St John of God Private Hospital Bunbury - from 13 weeks gestation and continuing throughout pregnancy.
Once your pregnancy has been confirmed and a dating scan has been performed, the mothers-to-be can ask their family GP to make a referral to Vestrum Obstetrics and Gynaecology for antenatal care.
Run by our obstetrician and experienced practice midwife, the women of the South West can have all their maternity care with Vestrum - even all pregnancy ultrasound scans.
Importantly with this model of care, should your low risk pregnancy become high risk, Vestrum will be able to manage the remainder of your care as a high risk patient at no extra cost.
Dr Liddiard who has made a significant contribution to High-Risk Obstetrics in Bunbury is very excited to be able to offer this service.
Dr Liddiard is the only Obstetrician in the South West with the Diploma of Diagnostic Ultrasound (DDU). Not only does she scan to a very high standard, she also produces comprehensive reports and is able to use her skills as a specialist act on any abnormalities. This expertise brings a tertiary level reporting service to the South West with the new Vestrum Ultrasound for Women.
Please take time to view what Vestrum Ultrasound for Women is all about.
Included in your management fee will be scans at 28 weeks and 34 weeks (and 40 weeks if required).
Frequently asked questions.
Why should I choose Vestrum’s Midwifery lead care?
- Midwives are a profession dedicated to preparing you for the journey from early pregnancy until the birth of your baby and just beyond.
- Upon booking with our obstetrics team you will be provided with comprehensive information about how to care for yourself and your growing baby through your pregnancy.
- Our special appointments card has been specifically designed to map out what you need during your time with us. This will include all your midwife appointments, specialist appointments and ultrasound scans. This will allow you to understand your and your baby’s journey from the very first visit.
- Midwives can prove to be a wealth of knowledge as well as a calming and reassuring companion during your journey to parenthood.
- With a specialist obstetrician constantly available for an opinion, your needs and your baby’s developmental needs will be monitored and cared for throughout your entire pregnancy.
- You will benefit from 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week specialist on-call. This will provide the peace of mind you associate with private care in the event things start to get complicated.
- Through a partnership between midwife and specialist obstetrician Vestrum has been able to significantly reduce the costs of having the very best and most extensive care available. Please contact us directly to find out more.
How do I find out if my pregnancy is “low” or “high” risk?
Midwifery Lead Shared Care is only available to women with low risk pregnancies. Your GP will be able to explain this to you in your early pregnancy appointments. Should your pregnancy become high risk Vestrum will change your model of care to appropriately reflect your and your baby’s needs and continue your care. You can stay with us without it incurring you any further costs. This is a sign of our great commitment to both you and raising the standard of private obstetric care offered in the South West.
When do I decide to go with Vestrum?
You can choose us at Vestrum:
- From the moment you are pregnant
- To have an early pregnancy scan with us at 8 weeks
- Or by visiting our midwife from 13 weeks gestation.
By 20 weeks we would hope that you will be confident and well informed enough to make that decision. This is because St John of God Hospital would like antenatal patients booked in before 20 weeks; however if you have just moved into the area or had difficulty deciding we will always do our best for you.
Will it cost more having antenatal care with a Specialist compared to a GP?
Vestrum have structured its shared care package in such a way that the costs are much less than the sole care model. It is always worth comparing what each care provider offers along with costs for total care including ultrasound scans before making your final decision. Please contact Vestrum for a fee schedule for more in depth information, either through our website, by popping into our reception or by giving us a call.
Who will deliver my baby?
Most uncomplicated deliveries at St John of God Hospital are undertaken by the excellent midwifery team on the birth suite. Your specialist will oversee your labour, be present at the birth and step in if specialist help is required.
What if I need an elective caesarean section?
As a specialist obstetric practice this is certainly something that we can offer you, however we will discuss all your options with you before you choose the one which is right for you.
What are the benefits of choosing Vestrum to provide care?
- Vestrum has experienced midwife lead care, meaning you will be well informed throughout your pregnancy.
- A Vestrum Obstetric Specialist will be directly responsible for you throughout your pregnancy, helping to provide specialist insight when needed.
- Vestrum was started by Dr Liddiard who is the only specialist obstetrician in the Bunbury and South West Regions to hold a Diploma of Diagnostic Ultrasound (DDU). This has led to the initiation of Vestrum Ultrasound for Women - a service that aims to provide a high level of diagnostic ultrasound reports for obstetrics and gynaecology patients. Your ultrasound scans can be overseen by this service, where ever possible being carried out at Vestrum.
- When it comes to the time of your baby’s birth, the Vestrum obstetric team will endeavour to be available to assist even if you require emergency intervention.
- Our aim is to provide you and your growing baby with well managed care; having a strong influence over all the parts of your care allows us to do so. We endeavour to empower you with the knowledge and confidence that will allow you to make the correct decisions for you.
I am confused by the difference between what a Midwife, GP Obstetrician and Specialist Obstetrician can do. What is the difference?
Midwifes are trained to be excellent practitioners for low risk pregnancies. This generally can also be said of GP Obstetricians, however some GP obstetricians have been trained to intervene when you have serious difficulties during birth. Some GP obstetricians can perform emergency caesarean sections; a special operation that involves removing the baby from the uterus through a cut in the abdomen. It is strongly advised to check what your chosen doctor can do before booking with them.
Admission to hospital
Some midwives and GP obstetricians can book you into your chosen hospital for delivery of your baby, again you will need to check. Specialists have admitting rights and take part in the emergency on-call service for the hospital.
Specialist obstetricians are the most highly trained and as a result having them care for you during your pregnancy and birth of your baby can be very expensive. Specialist obstetricians are able to care for both low and high risk pregnancies and can manage all eventualities during the birth. Effective management of your pregnancy and these difficulties during birth can influence things such as the health of your baby and how quickly you recover from the birthing process.
Vestrum offers our midwife services supported directly by a Specialist Obstetrician. We strongly feel that this will provide you with excellent care at a much more affordable level.
Hopefully we have answered many of the questions that you may have had but please contact us if you need any further answers.