What are Obstetricians?
Understanding pregnancy doctors, prenatal care and when to see an obstetrician
Obstetricians are qualified doctors who specialise in pregnancy and childbirth. They provide expert maternity care and advice to women throughout their pregnancy (known as prenatal/antenatal care) and after birth (postnatal care).
Due to their specialist training, obstetricians are able to manage high-risk pregnancies and labours as well as perform procedures such as C-sections or other medical interventions.
Your decision to have your baby through either the public or private health system in Australia will determine how often you see an obstetrician throughout your pregnancy. Through the public system, your pregnancy care is likely to be shared by midwives and obstetricians.
What does an obstetrician do?
As experienced pregnancy doctors, obstetricians support you by:
Conducting routine pregnancy checkups to monitor you and your baby’s health using tests and measurements
Explaining what to expect throughout your pregnancy, labour and delivery and answering all your questions
Providing advice on how to manage and prevent any health conditions that may increase your risk of complications
Supporting your overall health by recommending lifestyle changes that can assist with a healthy pregnancy (ie diet, exercise and medications)
Delivering your baby in hospital when the times comes.
Observing your health after childbirth and providing postnatal care
When to see an obstetrician
At your first obstetrics appointment (usually between 8-14 weeks), your obstetrician will review your medical history and discuss your pregnancy care plan checkup schedule.
The number of checkups you’ll have throughout your pregnancy can depend on a range of factors including pre-existing or emerging health conditions/complications and the level of care you’re after.
Private obstetricians will generally charge an out-of-pocket pregnancy management fee to cover the costs of your pregnancy management and delivery.
This can vary from $3,000-$5,000+ depending on the private obstetrician you choose.
How to reduce out-of-pocket expenses
Some of Brisbane’s leading obstetricians have recognised that the high cost of having a baby can put private obstetrics out of reach for some families.
And that’s how Jelly Bean Maternity was born.
Designed for expectant parents with private health insurance who want to reduce their out-of-pocket expenses whilst still receiving dedicated care from a specialist obstetrician, Jelly Bean Maternity is Brisbane’s most affordable pregnancy care option.
With Jelly Bean Maternity, standard Medicare rebates and eligible private maternity cover, you’ll pay just $1,500* (out-of-pocket savings of 75%+) for outstanding obstetrics care and deliver your baby at one of Brisbane’s premier private maternity hospitals, Greenslopes Private Hospital.
* Check with your private health fund to confirm your level of cover and inclusions.
Pregnancy Checkup Schedule
Jelly Bean Maternity
|First Trimester - 1-12 Weeks|
|Appointments with your GP for the following checks:||As required|
|Initial Jelly Bean Maternity consultation|
> To discuss your medical history and pair you with an experienced obstetrician based on your needs
|2nd Trimester - 13-27 Weeks|
|First obstetrician appointment||13-14 Weeks|
|*Attend your first “Know your Midwife” (KYM) programme at Greenslopes Private Hospital (where available) or see your obstetrician||After 20 weeks|
|Obstetrician appointment||20 weeks|
|Obstetrician appointment ||24 weeks|
|3rd Trimester - From 28 Weeks|
|Obstetrician appointment||28 weeks|
|1-2 obstetrician appointments depending on your health needs||33 weeks|
|1-2 obstetrician appointments depending on your health needs||36 weeks|
|1-2 obstetrician appointments depending on your health needs||37 weeks|
|1-2 obstetrician appointments depending on your health needs||38 weeks|
|1-2 obstetrician appointments depending on your health needs||39 weeks|
|1-2 obstetrician appointments depending on your health needs||40 weeks|
|Obstetrician appointment including post-natal check up||6 weeks after birth|
Benefits of Jelly Bean Maternity
FREE initial consultation
Initial obligation-free consultation where you are paired with a obstetrician based on your health needs
Approximately 15 antenatal appointments with an obstetrician to monitor your pregnancy, receive tailored advice and ask questions.
Unlike other affordable maternity options, all Jelly Bean Maternity appointments are conducted by a specialist obstetrician.
Your obstetrician will conduct some in-room ultrasounds so you can see your baby during appointments throughout your pregnancy
A friendly and caring team of support staff will ensure the very best pregnancy experience for you and your family
Some costs not included in Jelly Bean Maternity’s service are:
- Screening for Down syndrome or other chromosomal issues
- Delivery and stay at Greenslopes Private Hospital
- Anaesthetic service for epidural or caesarean
- Paediatric service when your baby is born
- Ultrasounds outside-of–rooms
Please check with your private health fund to confirm what your insurance covers.
Do I need a referral for my first obstetrician appointment?
Yes. It is recommended that you obtain a referral from your GP to see an obstetrician in order to get the relevant Medicare rebate. Without a referral, your out-of-pocket expenses will increase.
How can I book my first obstetricians appointment?
Your first appointment with Jelly Bean Maternity is completely cost and obligation free.
You need to feel confident that this style of private obstetrics is for you. At your first appointment, you can provide a full medical history so that you can be matched with the best possible independent obstetrician for your needs.
For more information about $1,500* affordable private pregnancy care, or to see if you are eligible, submit an enquiry or call the practice on (07) 3188 5168.
Places are in high demand, so enquire now to avoid disappointment!
The Jelly Bean Maternity friendly reception team are here for you and ready to answer all of your questions about affordable pregnancy care.
Simply fill out this form to request more information and someone will be in touch shortly.
Disclaimer: This page provides general information about obstetricians only. Please speak to Jelly Bean Maternity to obtain specific professional advice relevant to your personal circumstances.