If you have extra medical, cultural, social or emotional needs during pregnancy, birth or after the birth, you might see some other people as well as midwives and doctors. They can organise support and services for you.
You might be able to get the following support and services during pregnancy:
- birth classes
- lactation consultants
- screening and diagnostic services – for example, blood tests, ultrasounds and genetic counselling
- phone interpreters
- patient liaison officers
- religious or faith-based workers – for example, pastoral care and chaplains
- community-based psychologists or counsellors for mental health support, by referral
- community-based alcohol and drug support workers, by referral.
You won’t be able to get all these services at all private hospitals. Ask the hospital or your obstetrician about what’s available and where to get the services you need.
You might be able to get the following support and services after birth:
- home visits from a midwife or child and family health nurse
- special care unit
- breastfeeding support, including lactation consultants
- home care – for example, help with cleaning and shopping
If you need other care, services or support during pregnancy, birth or after baby is born, ask your midwife or obstetrician what’s available.