We are all GP obstetricians qualified to deliver low-risk obstetric care as well as providing post-natal support and all types of general practice consults. We provide obstetric on call services to the hospital 24 hours a day, 7 days a week including caesarean births. As GP obstetricians, we are well trained to manage your pregnancy as well as any other physical and mental health needs.
We value the relationships that we build with families during pregnancy, and are proud to be able to continue to provide general practice care as your family grows. You are able to choose the doctor of your choice, and are welcome to see another doctor if you prefer. We all work together as a team, but acknowledge that everyone has slightly different styles of consulting and it is important that you feel comfortable and supported by your GP obstetrician.
Your first antenatal visit generally occurs before 10 weeks. An appointment can be made by calling Leongatha Healthcare on (03) 5662 2201, or by making an online appointment. Book online
Generally, antenatal visits are scheduled very 4-6 weeks until 28 weeks, every 2-4 weeks until 36 weeks, then every 1-2 weeks until you have your baby. Most of these antenatal visits are with your GP obstetrician, while other appointments are with a midwife at the hospital.
During business hours, or if your birth is planned (an induction or elective Caesarean section), your usual GP obstetrician will manage your delivery. As a group, we provide 24/7 obstetric care. This includes after hours, weekends and public holidays. There is always a GP obstetrician on call. If your GP obstetrician has any planned leave around the time of your birth they will let you know and will arrange for another GP obstetrician doctor to cover.
The indexation of Medicare rebates has been less than inflation since the early 1990’s, therefore requiring us to charge private fees to be able to cover the costs of running a medical clinic.
The out of pocket fee to see a GP obstetrician for an antenatal visit is the same as the out of pocket fee for a standard general practice consultations at the clinic. All patients on a healthcare card and children under 16 are bulk-billed, meaning there are no out of pocket fees. If you are experiencing any financial hardships, please let your doctor know. There are no fees associated with inpatient care at the Leongatha Hospital, including delivery of your baby and post-natal care.
The birthing suites are large and spacious. All of the rooms in the maternity ward are single rooms and can accommodate you and your partner if required. We are proud of the modern, spacious facilities and personalised care, that we feel is equal to many private hospitals.