General Practitioners in Maternity Care Position Statement
The General Practitioners in Maternity Care position statement outlines how to ensure GPs are involved in maternity care and are able to provide continuity of care to mothers and babies from pre-conception and through all the important milestones in the mother and baby’s lives.
Involving GPs in maternity care leads to better outcomes for mothers and babies. GPs provide pre-maternity care for mothers and life-long care for the families. Only your GP can provide that cradle-to-grave care that is the foundation of Australia’s health system.
Best practice maternity care is provided by a multi-disciplinary team of health professionals led by an obstetrician or GP-obstetrician in partnership with a patient’s usual GP, and includes midwives, nurses, physicians, allied health professionals and Aboriginal health workers. To support high quality care for mothers, it is critical that their regular GP is involved in their care.