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
- social workers – for example, for help with money or housing
- cultural workers or Aboriginal liaison officers (ALOs)
- health care interpreters
- patient liaison officers
- religious or faith-based workers – for example, pastoral care and chaplains
- psychologists or counsellors for mental health support
- alcohol and drug support workers
- home visits from a midwife or child and family health nurse.
You might not be able to get all these services at all public hospitals. Check with your hospital.
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 or neonatal intensive care unit for your baby
- breastfeeding support, including lactation consultants
- home care – for example, help with cleaning and shopping
- help and support with early parenting.
If you need other care, services or support during pregnancy, birth or after baby is born, ask your midwife or doctor what’s available.