Multidisciplinary care

A multidisciplinary model is the best way to meet the needs of this small, often complex group of pregnant women, in order to achieve optimal outcomes for mothers and babies.

The multidisciplinary model (Figure 1) illustrates the range of specialist programs that may need to be involved in a woman’s antenatal, during birth and beyond. It places the woman at the centre of the model; she may need all or only some of the available resources, depending on her age, ethnicity, religion, culture, overall health, migration experience or previous engagement with health services. Each woman and her situation are unique and care must be tailored to meet each woman's needs in a holistic and culturally sensitive manner.