Dr Glenda McLaren
Obstetrician & Gynaecologist

First Obstetric Visit

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Your First Obstetrics Visit at Bloom Women's Health

Welcome to Bloom Women’s Health, where you receive compassionate care and expert guidance throughout your pregnancy journey. Your first obstetrics visit is a significant step toward ensuring a healthy and joyful pregnancy experience.

Having a new baby is a wonderful experience and an exciting time in your life. It is a privilege to look after you during your pregnancy and delivery and those all-important weeks after the birth.

When Should I Book my First Obstetrics Appointment?

Your first visit is usually scheduled between 6-8 weeks. Some patients may need to be seen earlier depending on the pregnancy progress. If you have any concerns prior to your first visit, you may contact your GP who can always contact us, and we will of course be happy to see you early if there is a need.

Our friendly, experienced staff are here to help you through this journey to becoming new parents. Please contact our reception team on 07 3832 7399 to book an appointment.

At your booking call, our reception team will ask for the first day of your last menstrual period to estimate when your baby is due. We will need your contact details, Medicare number and Private Health Fund details.

Do I Need a Referral to see my Obstetrician?

You will need a referral to see your Bloom Obstetrician. A referral is required if you wish to claim a Medicare rebate. A referral from your GP will be valid for 12 months and a specialist referral is valid for 3 months.

What to Expect at Your First Obstetrics Appointment

Your initial obstetrics visit is a pivotal moment in your pregnancy journey. During this 45-minute appointment, we focus on getting to know you, understanding your medical history, and setting the groundwork for your prenatal care.

A detailed history will be taken, you will have your blood pressure and weight checked, and your antenatal blood tests will be ordered. We will perform an ultrasound scan to establish your dates if you have not recently had one and confirm that your pregnancy is progressing normally. Prenatal testing will be discussed and any questions you have will be addressed.

On each visit to us there is a general discussion of any health concerns you may have and an opportunity to discuss your pregnancy and any specific issues or concerns you may have.

Partners are most welcome to attend. Due to the nature of Obstetrics, delays are sometimes unavoidable and wherever possible we will endeavour to notify you as quickly as possible if we need to change your appointment time to avoid any inconvenience to you and your family.

How Often Will I see my Obstetrician During my Pregnancy?

Regular antenatal visits are required to monitor you and your baby throughout your pregnancy. Routine visits are scheduled as follows.

These visits provide an opportunity to discuss your pregnancy and delivery preferences, to get to know the team and one another before the birth of your baby. We are a family friendly practice and partners, or support persons are most welcome to attend.

High-risk pregnancies will have an individualised schedule to suit your pregnancy requirements.

Whilst we make every effort to run on time, inevitably in obstetric practice there can be delays. Only 4% of babies deliver on the due date and pregnancy does not always go to plan. Wherever possible, if your obstetrician is delayed at the hospital our reception team will contact you to offer you an alternative appointment to minimise any inconvenience to you.

What to Bring to Your First Obstetrics Visit

To expedite your appointment, please bring along:

What Happens if my Doctor is Called Away to the Hospital During my Appointment?

Babies arrive around the clock and there will be occasions when Bloom’s Obstetricians are called out during a scheduled clinic consultation session to attend the hospital. If this occurs when you have an appointment scheduled, we will ensure you have another appointment to make sure your pregnancy is progressing normally.

Delivery Location

Dr McLaren and the Bloom Women’s Health OB team deliver exclusively at the Mater Mothers Private Hospital in Brisbane with an experienced team of Midwives, Anaesthetists and Paediatricians.

How do I Book into the Hospital?

Bloom OBs deliver at the Mater Mothers Private Hospital, Brisbane. The Mater Mothers is the largest maternity hospital in Australia and is highly regarded for the quality of care provided by its staff.

After your first visit, you will need to phone the hospital to book in. The hospital will send you a package of information on education classes, tours, and what to bring to help you prepare for your delivery.

The Mater Mothers Booking Office can be contacted on 3163 8847 or you may wish to do this online by clicking here.

Obstetrics Emergencies: Urgent Pregnancy Concerns

For any urgent pregnancy concerns, our team is here to assist you. Contact our office at 07 3832 7399 during office hours. After hours, including weekends and public holidays, Dr McLaren can be reached at 0417 709 513.

Does the Practice Offer Telehealth?

Telehealth consultations are available to patients living remotely and if you or your family are unwell and cannot attend your appointment. A Medicare rebate is currently available for telehealth consultations.

How Does the On-call Roster Work?

Bloom Obstetricians work with the River City Obstetric Group, Brisbane’s most experienced team of female Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Throughout the week, our OBs are on call for their own patients and are available to answer any urgent questions or concerns you may have.

To provide safe, high quality health care all Doctors work on a roster covering overnight call and weekends. This is essential for a sustainable practice, attendance at ongoing professional training and to prevent unsafe work due to fatigue.

Regardless of the on call arrangements, our OBs have an excellent record of personally attending women’s deliveries.

Your first visit is usually scheduled between 6-8 weeks. Some women may need to be seen earlier depending on the pregnancy progress. If you have any concerns prior to your first visit, you may contact your GP who can always contact us, and we will of course be happy to see you early if there is a need.

Your initial obstetrics visit is a pivotal moment in your pregnancy journey. During this 45-minute appointment, we focus on getting to know you, understanding your medical history, and setting the groundwork for your prenatal care.

A detailed history will be taken, you will have your blood pressure and weight checked, and your antenatal blood tests will be ordered. We will perform an ultrasound scan to establish your dates if you have not recently had one and confirm that your pregnancy is progressing normally. Prenatal testing will be discussed and any questions you have will be addressed.

On each visit to us there is a general discussion of any health concerns you may have and an opportunity to discuss your birth and any specific issues or concerns you may have.

Partners are most welcome to attend. Due to the nature of Obstetrics, delays are sometimes unavoidable and wherever possible we will endeavour to notify you as quickly as possible if we need to change your appointment time to avoid any inconvenience to you and your family.

Whilst we make every effort to run on time, inevitably in obstetric practice there can be delays. Only 4% of babies deliver on the due date and pregnancy does not always go to plan. Wherever possible, if your obstetrician is delayed at the hospital our reception team will contact you to offer you an alternative appointment to minimise any inconvenience to you.

To expedite your appointment, please bring along:

  • Referral from your GP or specialist
  • Recent blood test results
  • Recent ultrasound scans
  • Most recent Cervical Screening Test (or Pap Smear)

To schedule your first obstetrics appointment, reach out to our friendly and experienced reception team on 07 3832 7399 or fill out the contact form so we can get back to you. At this time, we’ll request details about your last menstrual period to estimate your due date. Additionally, we’ll need your contact information, Medicare number, and Private Health Fund details.

Partners are encouraged to join your appointments, as we understand the importance of their involvement in this journey.

A valid referral from your GP or specialist is necessary to claim Medicare rebates. Referrals from GPs are valid for 12 months, while specialist referrals remain valid for 3 months.

Throughout your pregnancy, regular antenatal visits are essential. These visits are scheduled as follows:

  • Initial visit between 6 and 8 weeks
  • Monthly visits until 28 weeks
  • Fortnightly visits until 36 weeks
  • Weekly visits from 36 weeks until delivery

Dr McLaren and the Bloom Women’s Health OB team deliver exclusively at the Mater Mothers Private Hospital in Brisbane with an experienced team of midwives, Anaesthetists and Paediatricians.

Babies arrive around the clock and there will be occasions when Dr McLaren or her team is called out during a scheduled clinic consultation session to attend the hospital. If this occurs when you have an appointment scheduled, we will ensure you have another appointment to make sure your pregnancy is progressing normally.

For any urgent pregnancy concerns, our team is here to assist you. Contact our office at 07 3832 7399 during office hours. After hours, including weekends and public holidays, Dr McLaren can be reached at 0417 709 513.

Dr McLaren and her team exclusively delivers at the Mater Mothers Private Hospital in Brisbane. Rest assured, you’ll receive exceptional care from an experienced team of midwives, anesthetists, and pediatricians

Gynaecology first visit

What should I bring to my first appointment?

To streamline your first appointment, please bring along any relevant documentation including the following:

  • Your referral from your GP or specialist.
  • A copy of any recent blood tests
  • A copy of any recent ultrasound scans
  • A copy of your most recent Cervical Screening Test (Pap Smear)
Do I need a referral to see my Gynaecologist?

You will need a referral to see your Gynaecologist, as a referral is required if you wish to claim a Medicare rebate.

A referral from your GP will be valid for 12 months, and a specialist referral is valid for 3 months.

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