Pregnancy Care Clinical Practice Guidelines

Information for health professionals

This page contains specific information relevant to health professionals. If you are looking for Peninsula Health service information, see Services.

The Antenatal Triage, Model of Care and Clinical Practice Guideline information below is provided to use as a general guide to the management of pregnant women booked for birth at Peninsula Health.

These guidelines can be helpful for any GP, not only Shared Maternity Care Program affiliates. For those GPs wishing to provided pregnancy care for women booked at Peninsula Health, it is recommended they apply to be accredited as affiliates with the Peninsula Health Shared Maternity Care Program. This program also provides ongoing education and communication for GPs to assist with providing the safest pregnancy care for women. 

Please also refer to Antenatal Clinic Referral information.

General public who are accessing this information are encouraged to speak to their doctor or midwife and are reminded that the information shown here may not be appropriate in every situation, and should not replace clinical discussion. 

Antenatal Triage and Models of Care

Antenatal Risk Assessment for Models of Care

Decisions about appropriate models of care should be guided by the Peninsula Health Risk Assessment for Model of Care document and made in consultation with patients.

Women with no risk factors (Group A) are considered low risk and suitable for GP Shared Maternity Care.  Women with medium risk (Group B) are suitable for GP Shared Care after Obstetric review and higher risk (Group C) women should be for Obstetric care only.

Models of Care at Peninsula Health

  • Models of care are described in the Risk Assessment for Model of Pregnancy Care
  • Models of care may change according to need during pregnancy and/or labour
  • For urgent clinical advice please contact the Obstetric Registrar on duty via switch on 9784 7777

Routine and Urgent Referral Pathways

Clinical Practice Guidelines

For Shared Maternity Care Providers essential Documents

Contains visits schedule, routine care and investigations recommended at each visit

If a GP has an URGENT pregnancy concern,  please contact the obstetric registrar on (03) 9784 7777.

Peninsula Health Maternity Service Guidelines relevant for GP Providers

In alphabetical order

Other Resources

  • Influenza – Recommended for all pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy, particularly those who will be in the 2nd or 3rd trimester during the influenza season
  • dTpa(diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis) – Recommended as a single dose between mid 2nd trimester and early 3rd trimester of each pregnancy (ideally at 20–32 weeks)

External Guidelines


These guidelines have been developed by the Peninsula Health GP Liaison Unit and the Peninsula Health Women’s Services as a general guide to the management of women participating in the Peninsula Health Shared Maternity Care Program. They may not be applicable in every clinical case. They should not replace thorough clinical assessment and judgement.

Care should be taken when printing any information or Clinical Guidelines. Updates to these guidelines will take place as necessary. It is therefore advised that regular visits to this Website will be needed to access the most current information.