Medicare ... at last!

Interested in home birth, hospital birth or private midwifery care? Questions or comments? Email Melissa Maimann or call 0400 418 448. Many Sydney families may now benefit from legislative changes that enable women to claim medicare benefits for private midwifery care for homebirth or hospital birth. Melissa Maimann is thrilled to be one of the first 10 midwives nationally to receive a Medicare provider number.

A Medicare-Eligible Midwife meets certain advanced requirements in relation to experience, formal peer review, continuing professional development and competence to provide pregnancy, birth and postnatal care to women and babies. This provides an assurance to the public that services provided by a medicare-eligible midwife are of a high standard. In addition, in order to use the medicare provider number, the midwife must have a collaborative arrangement with a doctor to ensure a) continuity and b) a high level of care.

I am pleased to also let you know that I can now order all routine tests and ultrasounds. This saves women from having to have these attended by their GP. Medicare funding means that cost is no longer a barrier to women benefiting from private midwifery care. It is well known that when women are cared for by the same midwife throughout pregnancy, birth and postnatal, they are healthier, experience less intervention, are more likely to successfully breastfeed and are more satisfied with their birthing experience.

Melissa Maimann has negotiated a collaborative agreement with a private obstetrician enabling "Ultimate Continuity": complete continuity of private midwifery and private obstetric care for pregnancy, birth and postnatal. Alternatively, women may obtain a referral to Melissa Maimann for private midwifery care. This referral would be from a GP Obstetrician (ie, a GP with a Diploma in Obstetrics). Please contact me if you are experiencing difficulty in obtaining a referral from your GP Obstetrician.

Melissa Maimann, Essential Birth Consulting 0400 418 448