General Hospital Care is available for women experiencing an uncomplicated or ‘low-risk’ pregnancy who do not require on-going specialist supervision.
General Hospital Care is offered at the public hospital closest to a woman’s home and is usually provided by hospital midwives, doctors and/or a local GP.
See column on the left for a full list of metropolitan and regional public maternity hospitals that provide General Hospital Care in WA.
The Family Birth Centre at KEMH is also a General Hospital Care provider and ‘low-risk’ women from any locality can attend.
Benefits of General Hospital Care
Having antenatal appointments and delivering your baby in your local community has many benefits:
- You will receive the best and most appropriate care for your needs.
- Being closer to home may make attending appointments more convenient.
- Getting to hospital when you are in labour will be easier.
- Your partner, family and friends may be close by and able to visit more often once your baby is born.
- You can meet other new parents in your local area through antenatal classes and mother’s groups.