Shared care is an arrangement between a birthing hospital or other birth setting and a local practitioner, usually a GP. You see your GP for some pregnancy appointments, and you also have hospital appointments in early and later pregnancy. … Shared care is an option only for healthy women with low-risk pregnancies.

The benefits of a shared care pregnancy Some women like shared care because it means they can receive most of their maternity care from a GP who they are familiar with and who works close to their home or workplace. It also means that the same GP who has cared for you during the pregnancy can continue to care for you and your baby in the weeks and months after birth. If English is your second language, your GP might speak your first language and be more aware of your cultural needs. GPs are also trained to deal with other relevant issues such as monitoring your mental health during the pregnancy and in the postnatal period and the provision of contraception.