Antenatal Shared Care
Antenatal Shared Care is the division of care of pregnant women between the general practitioner and the hospital antenatal clinic.
Antenatal Shared Care (ANSC) is an option for pregnant women with no adverse maternal or foetal pregnancy risk factors. GPs consult and can refer to the hospitals obstetric team if problems arise. GPs and hospitals participating in the ANSC program must follow an agreed protocol.
How does Antenatal Shared Care work ?
After an initial assessment and referral by the general practitioner, the pregnant woman attends the hospital antenatal clinic for an obstetric assessment. She is then required to attend routine antenatal care with her general practitioner. This continues late into the pregnancy and the patient then returns to the antenatal clinic where the hospital is responsible for intrapartum care.
Registration & Education
To participate in the ANSC program, GPs require current medical registration, availability of equipment to listen to foetal heartbeats and a commitment to the quality improvement program. Educational opportunities are available throughout the year, and details of upcoming sessions are made available to all registered GPs.
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