Frequently Asked Questions
The safest maternity care with the best outcomes for mother and baby happens when there is a trusting relationship between a woman and her midwife developed over the course of her pregnancy. For this reason, it is best to book with us as soon as your pregnancy is confirmed.
We recognise that this is not always possible due to the complexities of life! We can take bookings later in pregnancy but will not be able to do this if we are fully booked. Give us a call to discuss your situation. We would love to support you to have a beautiful birth.
The most common reasons for transfer from home to hospital are mothers needing pain relief, babies being distressed after birth and thirdly mothers having a bleed after birth.
A baby being distressed after birth is a rare event. Should that occur it is important to have the care of a midwife who has extensive neonatal resuscitation skills and equipment, such as oxygen and breathing bags for babies to be maintained until they can be transferred to hospital. Our midwives carry emergency equipment and maintain our emergency support skills regularly.
A woman bleeding more than is normal after a birth, also known as a postpartum hemorrhage, is again an infrequent event following a homebirth. When it does occur it is most important for midwives to carry the right equipment and be proficient in its usage. Our midwives carry appropriate medications, as well as intravenous fluids to manage this situation. We can insert an intravenous drip should the circumstances require the use of additional fluids and/or medications to minimise the bleeding.
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If you transfer to hospital during your labour or after your baby is born, your midwife will accompany you and remain with you to support you and your baby.
Medicare covers a portion of your care but it will vary according to the individual, based on whether or not you have a healthcare card, where you are at with your family safety net and also Extended Safety Net.
Midwyf Services can discuss a payment plan for anyone who has difficulty from a financial perspective as we do not want cost to be prohibitive if you wish to have Midwyf Services providing your care.
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Midwyf Services provides one to one care with women and their families as a total package.
We offer a pregnancy, birth and postnatal package, which includes all of your pregnancy care, care during labour and birth and postnatal care for 6 weeks after baby arrives.
We also offer a pregnancy and postnatal package if you wish to have another provider for your birth.
Alternatively we can also provide pregnancy care alone or postnatal care alone.
Pregnancy care normally involves 4 weekly appointments up until 32 weeks of pregnancy, then fortnightly until 36 weeks and then weekly up till birth (which may be up to 42 weeks). These visits usually occur in your home, with your family involved and may take around an hour or so. Whilst clinical care and assessment is provided, emotional and social support is also important, as is the getting to know your hopes and expectations, your perceived strengths and weaknesses and your fears. Building a strong relationship as your midwife with you is essential.
Care during your labour and birth is provided by our midwives. You may choose to have your baby at home or in hospital with our care and support. You will be your midwife’s focus and care during this incredible time, and having built that great relationship as woman and midwife, your care will be totally different to that which would be provided in a hospital setting with midwives who are strangers.
After your beautiful baby is born, sensitive care is provided that honours the amazing first experiences with your baby as a family. Care for mother and baby is tailored for individual needs, and continues for 6 weeks after baby’s arrival. This postnatal care is important and valuable, at what can be a challenging time for new mums and dads alike. Breastfeeding assistance and support is integral to our care.
Midwives are the experts in normal pregnancy, birth and postnatal care. In Australia midwives are qualified to care for normal pregnancy. You would only need to see a doctor should a complication arise.
Our midwives can order routine scans and pathology tests as well as prescribe any necessary medications.
You can choose to see a midwife totally for your care or choose to see a doctor for some appointments.
Should your care become more complex, we work closely with our medical colleagues to continue to provide your care should you need additional medical support with your pregnancy, labour and birth or postnatal care.
Midwyf Services can support you through pregnancy even if you are booked to birth with another provider. During this time we will provide information and support to help you with the many decisions about screening and tests available to pregnant women and can order these for you.
We will also provide you with education and resources to help you prepare for your birth, wherever you have chosen and whatever kind of birth for which you are preparing.
If you only want postnatal care, we can provide you with our expert, caring support during the first six weeks after the arrival of your baby: a time of immense change in everyone's lives.
We are passionate about protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding and have qualifications and years of experience to support the early days of your breastfeeding relationship with your baby.