Pregnancy and birthing a baby is a normal life event – albeit an important one. A journey of renewal and should be the most enjoyable period in your and family’s life. However, about 30% of pregnancies and deliveries will have a complication that only occasionally can be life threatening. That is where and when a specialist is needed. I am privileged for your choosing me to care and share with you this important part of your life and journey.
I have outlined below my responsibilities in your care. A folder with handheld records, booklets and pamphlets will be given to you during your first visit. The handouts will explain important aspects of pregnancy and care. Please note down any questions you may have that are not covered in these pamphlets and ask me when you are next in clinic or email me at your convenience.
Remember, I am only a phone call away. I (or a nominated specialist) am available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to attend to your urgent queries or problems. Prioritisation of care is important so that women with a more urgent problem are attended to first.
It is important to remember that 30% of low risk women become high risk in labour. Therefore, a birth plan may have to be changed where and when a complication or emergency arises. The Care Plan may also change if a test result returns abnormal.
I deliver at Middlemore Hospital only. I provide postnatal care in hospital and transfer to Birthcare Hospital or any of the Counties Manukau DHB Community Hospitals (eg Papakura, Botany, Pukekohe) can be arranged. Postnatal visits in the community hospitals and home will be the responsibility of the postnatal midwife.
However, despite best efforts and care, I am sure I will not make everyone absolutely happy and everything may not be absolutely perfect. Therefore, I appreciate your feedback about my service and I am happy to listen to any concerns you may have. A patient satisfaction questionnaire is given to you at the 4 week visit to return completed at 6 weeks. Your feedback will not in any way, affect your statutory rights.
To enable me to fulfil my responsibilities to you and your care, we have a partnership in care. This partnership means that you also have certain responsibilities that you will need to fulfil so that your pregnancy remains well.
Most of the evidence in pregnancy care comes from widely accepted professional guidelines and statements. These are also contained in the patient information pamphlets in the information section.