What is GP Obstetric Shared Care?

Starting a family is a wonderful time but comes with lots of changes. GP Obstetric Shared Care is a great way to continue and develop the relationship with your GP as your family grows. GP Obstetric Shared Care is one option of pregnancy care for women birthing at South Australian public hospitals.

Your GP provides most of your pregnancy care with minimal hospital visits required.

Obstetric Shared Care Midwife Coordinators will liaise with you and your family, your GP, the hospital and other agencies as necessary.

Your GP must follow clear protocols for your care and be accredited with the GP Obstetric Shared Care Program SA ensuring a high standard of care.

If any complications develop during your pregnancy, your GP will refer you back to the hospital for specialist care as required.

Hospital doctors and midwives will care for you during labour and birth.

Your GP provides the care after discharge from hospital for you and your baby.


What do I need to do?

There are 3 simple steps to joining the Obstetric Shared Care Program:

Visit your GP as early in your pregnancy as possible to ensure your pregnancy starts well.

In suburban areas call the SA Pregnancy Infoline number 1300 368 820 Monday - Friday 9am-4pm to obtain a reference number when looking to book in to a public hospital. In rural areas please call 1800 013 278 for assistance or your local GP.

Call the public hospital to ‘book into’ that hospital when you are between 10-16 weeks pregnant (Remember many public hospitals have waiting lists, so book early). Remember to inform the hospital receptionist that you are doing ‘shared care’.