Shared Maternity Care

Shared maternity care means that a woman's pregnancy care is shared between the Women’s and a community doctor or midwife who is affiliated with the hospital.

The Shared Maternity Care Program enables the Women’s and a community doctor or midwife, who is affiliated with the Women's, to share a woman's pregnancy care.

Shared maternity care is a popular option for healthy women with a normal pregnancy. There are over 750 shared maternity care GPs, obstetricians and midwives affiliated with the Women's. Shared maternity care affiliates and hospital-based doctors and midwives act as a team in the provision of a woman's antenatal care. Responsibility is shared for the woman's care including communication and management of results and abnormal findings.

GPs, midwives and obstetricians can apply to be credentialed as a Shared Maternity Care Affiliate for Mercy Health, The Royal Women’s Hospital, Western Health and Northern Health using one application form. To find out more see our Credentialing and Affiliates web page.


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