Wednesday, June 26, 2013

33 weeks and a bit about maternity care here.

I went for a checkup at the GP today. Baby is a good size and healthy Alhamdulillah, very responsive to touch and has a nice steady heartbeat. Dah semakin turun ke bawah dari last week as well! Kepala dah further down my pelvis. Lepas 30 weeks, kene pergi jumpa GP every week until I give birth Inshallah, to monitor both baby and me. My bp je rendah sikit, 90/60 but as long as baby is healthy I don't care about anything else.

Muka kene minum air gula for glucose test

Maternity care here in Melbourne works differently from Malaysia. Kat sini, to get an obstetrician at the hospital kene ada referral letter from a GP (macam nak enrol university ke apa). So once you're pregnant, you'll need to see a GP from any clinic and the doctor will confirm your pregnancy, and fax a referral letter to the hospital. Sometimes you can choose which hospital, but most of the time dia ikut kawasan mana address rumah. I got referred into the Royal Women's Hospital, Alhamdulillah. It's a specialist hospital for women and babies.

Royal Women's Hospital, Melbourne

So after dah dapat referral, they conduct what is called 'Shared Maternity Care'. So I don't necessarily see just one doctor the entire duration of my pregnancy, but a team of doctors and midwives. GP pun still maintain jumpa, so kadang2 kene pergi clinic jumpa GP, and sometimes pergi hospital untuk jumpa doctor or midwife. Kalau malas nak pergi all the way to the hospital and wait for your turn pun, boleh choose to go to a community health centre which is still run by Royal Women's, but at least it's closer to where we live and I don't have to wait so long.

We haven't had to pay a single cent for any of my doctor visits. Alhamdulillah. Consultation, blood tests, ultrasounds, urine tests, etc, semua free either in hospitals or normal clinics. We both have a Medicare card, which is a government health benefit (kalau takde private health insurance) which we can use at most clinics and hospitals, and the cost is totally covered by the government. Everyone in Australia is eligible for Medicare, and you only get taxed for it if your annual income lebih daripada $80,000 setahun.

So yeah. That's a bit about the healthcare system and the maternity care over here. I'm hoping to update about our first month here in the next post Inshallah. Later!


  1. gud luck mawar.. me da 36w.. cant wait tunggu baby kuar..hehhee

  2. Assalamualaikum mawar. bestnya! hopefully you, baby and faiq sihat alhamdullilah kat sana. heee tak sabar nak tengok ur baby!


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