During each antenatal appointment, you will first meet with our registered nurse midwife Donna Richards. Donna will be another support person to guide and comfort you during your pregnancy. Dr Katie Taylor will then discuss results, perform examinations, bedside ultrasound and answer any questions or concerns you may have.
We know that each woman and pregnancy is unique and may need different levels of care, which is why we tailor our antenatal appointment schedule for you. As a guide, after your initial appointment, usually between weeks 6-10 weeks, subsequent visits are every 4 weeks until you are 28 weeks, followed by fortnightly until 36 weeks and weekly thereafter.
Monitoring your pregnancy journey
Throughout your pregnancy, Dr Katie Taylor will monitor the health and wellbeing of both you and your baby through a series of different ultrasounds and tests.
At your initial appointment, you will meet Donna, our Midwife, and Dr Katie Taylor. During this appointment, your history will be taken; you will also have the opportunity to get to know each other. Blood work may be ordered, and a dating scan requested or performed.
While not essential, it is popular to have a Nuchal Translucency test or Harmony test. These tests are used to detect Down Syndrome and other chromosomal abnormalities. The Harmony test can also identify your baby's gender if you wish to find out.
The Morphology Scan is highly recommended; it is a detailed scan looking at your baby’s anatomy, the position of the placenta, umbilical cord, and amniotic fluid, just to name a few.
The Glucose Test is a blood test performed to check the level of sugar in your blood. A high level of sugar indicates gestational diabetes, which may require additional care.
Depending on your pregnancy, blood tests and ad additional scan may be recommended to ensure the health and safety of both you and your baby.
For high-risk or medically complicated pregnancies, the schedule of visits will be personalised, as will any other investigations or other aspect of obstetric management, to optimise the outcome for both you and your baby.