Interested in home birth, hospital birth or private midwifery care? Questions or comments? Email Melissa Maimann or call 0400 418 448. What does an obstetrician cost in Sydney?

Fees vary greatly. As well as considering obstetrician's fees, also consider costs such as private health insurance co-payment or excess, extra fees and charges associated with private hospital stays, paediatrician and anaesthetist fees and additional costs for ultrasounds and tests. All up, you're looking at somewhere between $2,000 and $10,000.

Private midwifery care, on the other hand, costs somewhere between $3,000 and $6,000.

Are there any antenatal / prenatal birthing classes in the Westmead area?

Yes, this service provides antenatal classes in the Westmead area.

What is the ceasearan rate in Australia in 2009?

This won't be known until around 2011. In 2007 it was around the 30% mark and caesarean rates have increased most years. The current caesarean rate is around 30% - 35%.

induction vs cesarean and diabetes

What about another option? What about a natural birth? Provided that there are no complications as a result of the diabetes, this might be a great option to discuss with your care provider. You might also wish to seek a second opinion with a private midwife.

Intervention in midwifery?

Midwives are experts in natural birth, and therefore tend not to intervene in births. If intervention was felt to be necessary, an obstetrician would be consulted.

natural birth in a hospital australia?

Natural birth is far more likely in a homebirth (homebirth has an average transfer rate of 25% and the births that occur at home are 100% natural). In some hospitals in Australia, natural births are around 5%. Private midwifery care dramatically increases the chance of a natural birth in any setting.

Prenatal classes sydney

Yes, this service provides antenatal classes in Sydney.

Melissa Maimann, Essential Birth Consulting 0400 418 448