I'm pregnant! What are my next steps?

If you have just found out you are pregnant, congratulations! You might be feeling a range of emotions: excited, fearful, overwhelmed, happy, anxious ... this is all very normal! Many women who contact me feel unsure about what to do next and are anxious to know all their options before making a choice, so I have put together a few tips to make you feel a little more confident. Although many women see their GP as their first port of call when they are pregnant, it’s handy to know that women may also see an eligible midwife who can order all the necessary pregnancy tests and any scans that are needed. An eligible midwife can also talk with you about the available options for your pregnancy and birth care, in a relaxed and unhurried setting. An eligible midwife can help you determine your due date and arrange any referrals that you may need. She can book you into a hospital, refer you to an obstetrician if needed, and also provide full pregnancy, birth and postnatal care.

Really, the first task of early pregnancy is to choose your care provider, and from that step, all else will follow as your care provider will arrange your ongoing care.  Many private care options will be fully booked by 6 weeks of pregnancy, while public options remain open to all women who reside in the hospital's catchment area.

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