Her routine antenatal care will be provided by the GP, while her intrapartum and postnatal care will be received from hospital midwives (Queensland Centre for Mothers & Babies, 2012). Generally Jane visits the same GP, sees the same hospital midwife; her health history, tests results and other information will be kept by the same healthcare professionals (SESLHD, 2016). This means they are more familiar with Jane’s conditions, and improvements can be made to the care plan to meet her needs. Furthermore, the patient feels more confident opening up about her problems and concerns in front of friendly faces that she can trust. The public system, that Jane has chosen, has always been preferred in Australia. Public hospitals provide patients after-hour services, and accesses to other services, such as social workers and dieticians. More importantly the advanced facilities for high-risk pregnancies and babies come with low expenses under Medicare. Regardless, the disadvantages also need to be taken into consideration.
The appointment waiting times may be long, and the patient is more likely to be placed in a shared room (Queensland Centre for Mothers & Babies, 2012). Overall, the advantages far outweigh its disadvantages, and that is why the statistics obtained in 2007 shows that 70.2% of the women were in public care when they gave birth in a hospital (Commonwealth of Australia, 2011). After consulting with her GP, Jane is booked into the nearby maternity hospital for her care. During the visit to the hospital, her history will be taken by the midwife. This is essential component to maintaining mother & baby’s health. Learning about patient’s history facilitates the hospital midwives and nurses to identify the present and potential clinical problems. Once sufficient information is provided, with the assistance of other assessments and test results, a more précised diagnosis can be formulated (Department of Obstetric & Gynaecology, 2011). The hospital midwife will start with taking some personal information, including name, age, culture, religion, occupational, and marital status.