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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Do I have to see a doctor during my pregnancy ?

Midwives in Australia are qualified to care for normal pregnancy. You would only need to see a doctor should a complication arise.
You can choose to see a midwife totally for your care or choose to see a doctor for some appointments.

Q. How does care with a private midwife work?

  Midwyf Services provides one to one care with women and their families as a total package. The package includes all of your pregnancy care, care during labour and birth and postnatal care for 6 weeks after baby arrives. Pregnancy care normally involves 4 weekly appointments up until 32 weeks of pregnancy, then fortnightly until 36 weeks and then weekly up till birth [remember that term could be 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 Marie. You may choose to have your baby at home or in hospital with my care and support. With Marie’s total 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. Incredibly important and valuable, at what can be a challenging time for new mums and dads alike. Breastfeeding assistance and support are paramount.

As one amazing client wrote to me recently –

“Dear Marie,
Thankyou for so much
for supporting us through our wonderful birth experience
for believing in your abilities
for believing in us, and
for believing in the precious gift of life.
You truly are a wonderful woman.

Should our lives be blessed with another treasured child, I hope you’ll be a part of the journey that will welcome more joy into the world.”

Narelle and Phillip Ellmers

Q.  Does Medicare cover any Midwyf Services care?

A. 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.

Please contact Marie – 0407 266 004 – who will be happy to provide you with more information.

Q. What happens if there is an emergency situation that arises at a homebirth?

A. 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. Each is best discussed separately.

Babies being distressed after birth rarely occurs. 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 hospital admission occurs. Marie maintains her equipment and skills regularly.

The most frequently asked question relates to woman bleeding after the birth, or having what is called a postpartum hemorrhage. Again whilst this is an infrequent event, when it does occur it is most important for midwives to carry the right equipment and be proficient in its usage. Marie carries homeopathics, as well as intravenous fluids and can start an intravenous drip should the circumstances require the use of additional fluids and/or drugs to minimize the bleed and treat the bleed with drugs like syntocinon.

If you would like Marie to answer a specific question, please email info@midwyfservices.com.au.