I find the various people involved in my care confusing, can you explain their role?

I find the various people involved in my care confusing, can you explain their role?

These are the people you are most likely to meet:

Midwives are specially trained to care for mothers and babies throughout pregnancy, labour and after the birth. They either work in hospital or in the community. The hospital midwife will see you at check-ups, look after you in labour, deliver your baby provided labour is normal and care for you afterwards.

A Community Midwife attached to your GP’s practice may also be involved in your ante /postnatal care.

A Public Health Nurse, who is a trained midwife, will visit you at home. You may continue to see the PHN at home, in the child health clinic or GP’s surgery.

The GP looks after the family’s general health and may do all your antenatal care, or share this with the hospital. If you have your baby at home or in a GP / midwife unit, your GP can be involved in the birth.

An Obstetrician is a doctor specialising in the care of women during pregnancy and birth.

A Paediatrician is a doctor who specialises in the care of babies and children.

A Physiotherapist is specially trained in physical health and activity. You may meet her at antenatal classes, and in the postnatal ward. She will help you cope with the physical changes of pregnancy and birth and teach you exercises to help your muscles recover.