Delaying the start of your family is a big step and it is one that takes more than a simple confirmation that you are going to put off having children. At Main Street Medical and Skin Centre, we will take you through the Family planning process and give you all the necessary tools needed for planning your family at the right time.
Proper family planning includes a number of different services such as education and counselling about your decision to wait and why the idea of waiting was ever brought up in the first place. Family planning advice also includes the use of approved government contraceptives such as:
- Condoms, both male and females and other barrier methods
- Oral methods such as the pills
- Advice and referral regarding IUDs
- Implanon insertion and removal
- Advice regarding Emergency Contraceptives
Choosing the right contraceptive method is a major part of family planning and it is one that you should take very seriously. When thinking about the right contraceptive for you and your partner, there are a number of things that you must take into consideration. This includes:
- The number of unplanned pregnancies that occur while using the contraceptive.
- The risks pertaining to your health and well being.
- The availability, the cost and most importantly, is it a contraceptive that you and your partner can stick to.
It is not easy learning the contraceptive that is right for you and this is where our dedicated team of Doctors and Nurses comes into play. We will help you determine the best contraceptive and walk with you, hand in hand, while decide to plan your family and are ready for the next step.
When you are ready for the next step and decide to have a family, antenatal shared care is a popular choice for healthy women with a normal pregnancy. Main Street Medical and Skin Centre engages in shared care with Box Hill Hospital and it’s Birralee Maternity ward.
In choosing shared care you will:
- have most of your pregnancy care at Main Street Medical and Skin Centre, with an accredited shared care doctor, who has extra training in pregnancy care;
- see the same doctor, so you build a relationship with your doctor and can continue to see them after your baby is born;
- be able to choose the day and time of most of your antenatal check-ups, subject to your doctor’s availability; and
- have fewer hospital visits (usually between 3-4).
- Comprehensive screening and laboratory blood testing via our on sit Dorovitch Pathology centre.
If you develop problems during your pregnancy, the hospital may take over your care and shared care would cease but you shared care Doctor will remain completely informed of your progress and be there for any further support you may require.