Find answers to frequently asked questions about maternity care and gynaecology care with Monash Women’s.

Maternity care

Can I have shared care in pregnancy with a community GP or midwife?

Yes. If your GP or midwife are approved by Monash Health to provide pregnancy care.

Read our information sheet on Shared pregnancy care to learn more.

Can I book for a public home birth through Monash Medical Centre?

Monash Women’s provides a public home birth service from Casey Hospital for suitable women who live locally. We do not currently have a public home birth service from our other sites.

Find out if you are eligible for Casey home birth.

Can I try for a vaginal birth with my next pregnancy?

Most women who have a caesarean in a prior pregnancy are safe to try for a vaginal birth after their caesarean section and roughly 75% will succeed in this aim. At Monash Women’s, we are keen to support more women to choose a vaginal birth if appropriate.

Visit our Birth options page to learn more.

Can I do a tour of a maternity service?

Virtual tours of our maternity services will be available from this website soon.

Can I have a private room?

We don’t have private rooms in the public hospitals. Each of our maternity sites has a mixture of bed configurations with a small number of ‘single’ rooms with priority at the time to women who are ill or unwell post birth.

Can you please send me more information about your birth centre and whom you accept?

Our philosophy of care at Monash Women’s embraces the normalcy of pregnancy, and its potential for health; with well women supported in normal birth by midwives. If you are giving birth in the hospital, it will be in one of the birth suite rooms.

How do I get a transfer to Monash Medical Centre? I’ve had to book into the local hospital, as I wasn’t classed as high risk to go to Monash Medical Centre. But I had my last baby at MMC.

Monash Medical Centre provides a broad spectrum of maternity services. We provide higher level care for women with complex pregnancies from all over Victoria. It is also the local maternity service for women who live close by. Unfortunately, this means that some women who are healthy must choose to have their baby in a hospital closer to where they live.

My private midwife recommended that I register my name with Monash Health as it is the closest public hospital to us. Could you please advise me on whom I need to talk to about doing this?

We are pleased to offer a backup service to women who live in the Monash Health region. Contact our central maternity bookings – phone 9594 2229, fax 9594 6298, or send us an email, and we will contact you to arrange an initial appointment to provide you with a back up place of birth.

How do I book into the hospital if I don't have Medicare?

Do I need a doctor's referral to book in?

No, however, if you are having public hospital clinic care, you need to bring a referral from your GP for your first hospital medical visit. Referrals need to be made to a specific specialist doctor, we would ask that you have your GP write your referral to: ‘A/Professor Ryan Hodges, Director of Obstetrics’.

For more information on pregnancy support and services provided by Monash Women’s, please visit our Pregnancy care page.

Gynaecology care

How can I access Monash Women's gynaecology clinics?

You can access gynaecology care with Monash Women’s through a referral from your GP. Referrals are categorised by clinical urgency.

My daughter has a gynaecological concern, is she able to be seen?

Yes. Monash Women’s provides a public girls and young women’s gynaecology clinic through the adolescent gynaecology unit.

Is there anything specific I should bring to my gynaecology appointment?

It is very helpful to bring copies of any blood tests or scans you have had performed. It is also useful to know the sites of tests you have had where you do not have a copy of the results and inform administration staff on arrival.

How long can I expect to wait and how long will my appointment last?

This varies by clinic but appointments are scheduled to a specific clinician in many clinics, so it is important to arrive on time for your slot. Please allow plenty of time for travel, clinic processes and gathering of further information as well as clinical discussions that may occur about your case before a plan is made. In practice, this is up to a morning, or afternoon.

What will my appointment or surgery cost?

Clinic appointments and surgery are covered by Medicare. This includes nearly all blood tests, scans and other investigations required before your operation if they are done at a Monash Health site. Outside providers will charge a fee in most cases.

Are there any other options to be seen?

Most Monash Women’s gynaecologists also maintain a private consulting site and can see you privately. You can be referred for surgery in the public system, however, there will be an out-of-pocket for your appointment if you choose this option.

How do I get an appointment at my preferred site?

Referrals are streamed both by site of available appointment type, as not all clinics run on all sites, and distance from your residence. If you are allocated an appointment at a Monash Women’s site that is not the closest to your home, it is generally because this is the site with the nearest clinic meeting your needs or because the appointment is available in a more timely fashion for your care at that site. In general, it is not possible to change the site of your appointment.

Do I need a doctor's referral to be seen?

Yes, in order to access a Medicare-covered appointment, you need to bring a referral from your GP for your first hospital medical visit. Referrals need to be made to a specific specialist doctor, we would ask that you have your GP write your referral to: ‘Professor Beverley Vollenhoven, Director of Gynaecology’.

For more information on the general and subspecialty gynaecology clinics provided by Monash Women’s, please visit our Gynaecology care page.