The Midwifery Group Practice (MGP) is a free service offered by Gold Coast Health and is located within the Birth Centre at the Gold Coast University Hospital. The MGP model of care provides continuity of maternity care by a known midwife throughout pregnancy, labour and birth, and the early weeks following the birth of your baby. This is known as continuity of care.
Your prenatal appointments may be at the hospital, at a community health centre or in your home. All your prenatal appointments will be with your own midwife, where possible. Where it is not possible to be seen by your own midwife, another midwife from MGP will see you. This may include when you are in labour.
You will give birth at the Gold Coast University Hospital in the Birth Centre or Birth Suite, and you will be supported to go home soon after birth. Well mums & babies will be discharged home 4 to 6 hours after birth and followed up with a postnatal visit at home within 12 to 24 hours of birth. If complications arise during or after the birth, you and your baby will be admitted to our Maternity Inpatient Unit (MIPU).
Ongoing postnatal care is then personalised to you and the needs of your baby, and consists of regular home visits in the first few weeks after the birth of your baby.
Your MGP midwife remains on-call 24 hours for women expecting to birth and emergencies.
Women should apply for MGP care if they are:
• Healthy with an uncomplicated pregnancy
• Planning an active labour & birth
• Happy to go home within 4 to 6 hours of birth if mum and baby are well