Resources for women and families

Below is a suite of pregnancy-related resources and information that you may find helpful during your pregnancy.

RPA/Canterbury Hospital ANSC Patient Brochure

General parent education resources 

RPA Women and Babies 

  • Click here Expectant Parent information 
  • Click here Information for pregnant women

Canterbury Hospital 

  • Click here Expectant Parent Information 
  • Click here Information for pregnant women 

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EMERGENCY medical help during your pregnancy

If you are greater than 20 weeks pregnant: 
Contact relevant hospital - RPA Women and Babies Labour Ward ph.9515 8420 or Canterbury Hospital ph.9153 2000 ask for Birthing Unit

If you are less than 20 weeks pregnant:
Non-urgent: Follow-up with your GP
Urgent: Contact relevant hospital - RPAH Emergency Dept ph.9515 6111 or Canterbury Hospital Emergency Dept ph.9153 2000

First Hospital "Booking In" appointment 


All women should have their "booking in" appointment scheduled for ~12-14 weeks gestation.

To arrange this appointment, women need to visit their GP to confirm their pregnancy. GPs will commence the antenatal “yellow” record card for women to bring to all hospital appointments.

Women birthing at RPA Women and Babies Hospital will have an online referral form submitted by their GP. The hospital will contact women to schedule their “booking in appointment”.

Women birthing at Canterbury Hospital need to contact the antenatal clinic on 9153 2091 or 9153 2092 to arrange their “booking in” appointment. Their GP needs to complete the Obstetric Referral Form (451 KB) for women to bring to their appointment.


This booking information is only for public patients. It does not apply to women electing to have care from a private obstetrician.

Early Pregnancy Assessment Service (EPAS)

This service aims to identify and manage ectopic pregnancies, and diagnose, treat and support lower abdominal pain/or vaginal bleeding in women < 20 weeks gestation who are haemodynamically stable. For urgent review, attend relevant hospital Emergency Department

PDF document Early Pregnancy Assessment Service (EPAS) Patient Brochure: SLHD
PDF document pdf Bleeding and pain in early pregnancy: (283 KB)  SLHD

Fetal Movements

Fetal movements are a good indicator of a baby's health and wellbeing. Getting to know your baby's movement patterns can help recognise if something has changed. If you are concerned or worried about a change in your baby's movements contact the hospital, midwife or doctor immediately.
external linkMovements matter  - comprehensive suite of resources for women and partners regarding fetal movements. Translated information available 

Perinatal mental health

external link COPE - Centre for perinatal excellence - resources for women and partners regarding perinatal mental health 
external link beyondblue - access a variety of information for new and expectant parents, covering everything from bonding with your baby to spotting the signs of anxiety and depression.
external link Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia (PANDA) - information and support regarding perinatal anxiety and depression 
PDF document  pdf Looking after your perinatal mental health (611 KB)  -  one-page summary of online and face to face support services 

Planning a baby

PDF document  Models of care - RPA Women and Babies; Canterbury Hospital 
PDF document   pdf Pregnancy Checklist (182 KB)  - A checklist of topics to consider and discuss with your GP and/or health professional during your pregancy and following birth

NSW Health Resources 
external link  Having a Baby Book - NSW Health
external link Thinking of having a baby - NSW Health. Outlines steps for women and their partners to take 3-6months prior to pregnancy to promote a healthy pregnancy 

Prenatal Screening

All women regardless of age should be counselled and offered the option for screening for chromosomal abnormalities. Women should be given information early in pregnancy about the purpose and implications of these tests to enable them to make informed choices about whether or not they wish to undertake the tests.


external link Get Healthy in pregnancy - Free telephone based service to support all pregnant women to eat healthily, get active and maintain a healthy weight during preqnancy. Women can self refer to the service or discuss further with their GP or health professional.
         - Pregnancy weight gain calculator - keep track of your weight gain during pregnancy.
external link Eat For Health ( Australian Government) 
external linkPregnancy and alcohol  (Australian Government)
external link Tobacco smoking and pregnancy ( NSW Health)