I'm pregnant. Who should I go to for care? A Midwife, an Obstetrician, or both?

Private Midwife:

  • Provides autonomous pregnancy, birth and postnatal care for women who are experiencing normal, healthy pregnancies
  • Provides care in consultation with an obstetrician when a woman’s pregnancy has risk factors (eg high blood pressure, prem labour, concern for baby’s growth, gestational diabetes etc)
  • Supports women to birth normally with a high rate of natural birth, even when there are complications
  • Supports and educates women with breastfeeding and baby care up until 6 weeks after your new baby arrives
  • Provides pregnancy, birth and postnatal care
  • Pregnancy appointments allow time for questions, education and discussion with appointments typically 60 minutes in duration
  • Women are highly likely to report satisfaction with their care and experience
  • Private Obstetrician:

  • Provides autonomous care for women regardless of risk factors
  • Receives referrals from midwives for women with risk-associated pregnancies or births
  • Always provides labour and birth care (including caesarean) in collaboration with a midwife
  • Obstetric care on average results in a high degree of intervention such as induction, epidural, caesarean and episiotomy
  • Provides brief in-hospital consultations after the baby is born, followed by a 6-week check
  • Pregnancy appointments are generally no more than 15 minutes in duration
  • Collaborative care: private midwife and private obstetrician

  • Receive autonomous pregnancy, birth and postnatal care from one midwife and one obstetrician regardless of risk factors
  • No transfer of care if risk factors emerge
  • Supports women to birth normally with a high rate of natural birth
  • Supports women to breastfeed
  • Provides pregnancy, birth and postnatal care
  • Pregnancy appointments allow time for questions, education and discussion with appointments typically 60 minutes in duration
  • Women are highly likely to report satisfaction with their care and experience
  • Provides autonomous care for women regardless of risk factors
  • Supports women to birth naturally, including with twins, a breech baby or a VBAC
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