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Before your baby is born – Lyell McEwin Hospital, South Australia

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Research has shown that good antenatal (pregnancy) care improves the chances of women giving birth to a healthy baby. 

The Lyell McEwin Hospital offers many choices for pregnancy care and the birth of your baby. These include

  • attending the Hospital as a public or private patient
  • deciding who cares for you during your pregnancy and childbirth. 

Have a look at the section 'Care choices' for more information about some of the choices you could make.

The midwife you see for your first visit will let you know about the choices that are available.

  • To make your first ('booking') appointment if you plan to have your baby as a public patient call the Pregnancy SA Referral Line on 1300 368 820 to get an ID number.

Antenatal visits and tests

  • Women can go to the Lyell McEwin Hospital or Modbury Hospital for antenatal visits – where you go depends on which is the most convenient hospital to where you live.
    • Contact the Lyell McEwin Hospital Women's Health Clinic 8182 9000 
    • Contact Modbury Hospital Women's Health 8161 2000
  • It may also be possible to have 'shared care' where you see a general practitioner for most of the antenatal visits.
  • Women who are healthy and at 'low risk' for complications are able to have all of their care provided by a team of midwives.
  • If there are health concerns for you or your baby you may be seen by a doctor during your antenatal visits.
  • It is usual to have a number of routine tests and investigations during your pregnancy. There is more information about antenatal visits and tests in the section of this site called 'Check-ups'.

Antenatal education classes

It is recommended that you attend antenatal classes before your baby is born. Antenatal education is free of charge. Women wanting antenatal classes will need to book in early for these classes. Contact the Antenatal/Parent Educator on 8182 9431 or page her through the switchboard (8182 9000).

Tours of the maternity section

Tours of the unit are held on most Monday and Thursdays at 6pm excluding public holidays. You must book. Contact the Antenatal/Parent Educator on 8182 9431 or page her through the switchboard (8182 9000).

Young Mums Clinic

This clinic is designed for young women up to and including 20 years. The clinic is based in the Midwife Care area of the Birthing and Assessment Unit, and it is aimed at encouraging young mums to mix with other young women of their age and to have access to a community health worker from the Metropolitan Youth Health Service.

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The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see your doctor or midwife.


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