Interested in home birth, hospital birth or private midwifery care? Questions or comments? Email Melissa Maimann or call 0400 418 448. home birth: how messy is it

Homebirth generally isn't messy. Many women labour and birth in a birth pool and any bodily fluids are easily contained. Towels and plastic sheeting come in handy and midwives are very good at leaving the house as it was found. Plastic bags collect any garbage, the placenta is collected in a bowl or container, and sheets and towels can be washed.

midwives home birth still legal

Yes, it's still legal and it will remain legal after July 2010.

how many hours a day do you spend breastfeeding

Breastfeeding can take a long time! Some women spend about 50% to 2/3 their time feeding, especially if it's a newborn baby. Newborns can healthily feed every couple of hours for an hour at a time. This feeding pattern is helpful to encouraging the mother's milk supple, allowing bonding to occur, help the baby's palate and jaw muscles to form well and assist the baby's digestion.

i would like a private midwife but im giving birth at a public hospital

Women may take private midwives with them to pubic hospitals. Women may book into hospital, have all their pregnancy care with their private midwife, birth in hospital with their midwife and hospital staff, and then return home to continue care with their private midwife.

in home birth, what happens if emergency c-section is needed?

In homebirth, midwives are always on the look out for any signs of things not going well in the pregnancy or labour. This allows for women to be seen by doctors or transferred to hospital before true emergencies occur. Most "emergency" caesareans are not in fact emergencies in that they are life and death situations. They most commonly occur because a labour is not progressing and the baby will not come out any other way. However, in the event that a caesarean is needed, the midwife and woman simply transfer to hospital and are offered the best obstetric and midwifery care possible in the circumstances. planning a homebirth does not commit the woman to birthing at home if circumstances make it that hospital would be safer.

what's the difference between a midwife and obstetrician

Obstetricians are doctors who have completed a degree in medicine and a degree in surgery. They then complete several years of internship and residency before going back to specialise in obstetrics. An obstetrician is a highly trained and educated doctor who specialises in the care of pregnant and birthing women, mostly dealing with complications. Obstetrics is a surgical specialty.

Midwives are qualified to care for women throughout pregnancy, birth and postnatal. They care for healthy women who are experiencing normal pregnancies. If a woman's condition warrants consultation with an obstetrician, this can be arranged without fuss. Midwifery care generally affords women lengthier consultations, more personalised care and a greater satisfaction with the birth experience. Women who are attended by midwives are more likely to experience a normal birth, to breastfeed and to receive fewer interventions in their pregnancy and labour such as induction, epidural and episiotomy.

water birth private hospital

Good luck! Private hospitals (in Sydney at least) do not allow for water births. If anyone knows of a private hospital that allows waterbirths, please let me know! Nabmour allows waterbirths but it is not in Sydney.

how to avoid hospital birth

Well, if you don't go to hospital, you can avoid a hospital birth. I guess the question is - how can you prepare well for a homebirth so that you minimise your chances of needing to go to hospital? I think an excellent approach is to book with a midwife and explain that you would really like her to help you to birth at home.

how to choose a midwife

See here.

limitations of using a private obstetrician for maternity care pregnancy

1. You're more likely to have intervention in your pregnancy and labour 2. Your obstetrician is likely to work with other obstetricians, sharing on-call over the weekend. So it's possible that your obstetrician will not be available to you when you're in labour. 3. You will be attended by hospital midwives in labour and postnatally who you may not have met.

Melissa Maimann, Essential Birth Consulting 0400 418 448