Each year, our OGB Obstetricians and midwives care for and help over 400 women to have their babies. Many of the couples who have their babies in Ballarat live a significant distance from Ballarat.
In recent times, Russell, Michael, Michael, and Chantelle have looked after women from as far away as Horsham, Nhill, Kaniva, Hamilton, Warrnambool, Colac, Torquay, Naracoorte, Darwin, and even Vanuatu!
Women and couples who choose to come to Ballarat, and to be looked after by Obstetricians and midwives from OGB do so for a number of reasons. One of the more common reasons is to be looked after by an Obstetrician who works within the team structure of OGB. It is reassuring to know that every doctor and midwife in our group has a consistent approach to a woman’s care, and a high level of skill to manage anything that can happen during labour. Our clinicians support each other to ensure that high level care is available at ALL times. Our results speak for themselves. OGB looks after approximately 450 women during their pregnancy each year.
We also provide antenatal classes through our rooms, along with excellent lactation support once your baby is born and for the first 6 weeks.
In Ballarat, we have an amazing group of Paediatricians who provide outstanding care for our newborn babies. We are also supported by an experienced group of anaesthetists who provide 24 hours per day, highly specialized Obstetric anaesthetic care, and comprehensive treatment, should a woman become seriously ill. Both hospitals in Ballarat have expert midwives and an excellent Special Care Nursery for babies who are born prematurely, or happen to be unwell.
We can always manage to get our new mums that extra day’s stay to get feeding established, and organize for our OGB Lactation consultant to help with breast feeding challenges once you head home.
So how does it all work if you live away from Ballarat?
All you need to do is get a referral from your GP, and make an appointment!
At your first visit, your OGB specialist will review your Medical and Obstetric history, and, with your consent, perform an examination and an ultrasound for you. This will accurately determine when your baby is due to be born.
Depending on your desire, your particular health issues, and the distance you live away from Ballarat, your OGB specialist may suggest having shared care, or alternating antenatal visits with your local GP. Key visits, such as initial review, 28 weeks and 36 weeks visits are always undertaken in Ballarat, and mostly, we will see you each week from 36 weeks.
During your visits to your OGB specialist, he or she will carefully assess your and your baby’s wellbeing. Nearer your due date, he or she will perform additional assessments to help predict the likelihood of you going into labour, and sometimes, if you are “almost there”, offer a simple induction to get your labour started.
OGB Obstetricians have extensive experience in looking after women who live a distance from Ballarat, and the care we provide leads to virtually all women having their baby in Ballarat.
If you are thinking of having your baby with OGB, but live “out of town”, you can simply call us, and ask for an Obstetrician or one of our Midwives to speak to you.
All the best
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