Choosing Your Private Midwife

Midwives are qualified and educated to care for women throughout normal pregnancy, birth and the postnatal / newborn period. Midwives are also known as the experts in natural birth, attending water births, home births and hospital births. Finding the best midwife for your needs can be a challenging task, but it’s one of the most important decisions a family will make when they decide to work with a midwife. The midwife’s knowledge, skill and experience are key to a safe and satisfying pregnancy and birth experience. When engaging the services of a private midwife, women generally arrange an initial consultation. At the consultation, the midwife and family discuss what the family needs and how the midwife might be able to help.  Midwives will ask about the woman’s health history, her care needs, her previous birth experiences, her attitudes and beliefs about birth and her expectations of her midwife.

What sorts of questions can women ask their midwife? Well, there are lots of questions you could ask and I’ve included some below.

Be sure to ask if your midwife is an eligible midwife. You are able to claim medicare benefits if your eligible midwife has a collaborative arrangement and is able to access obstetric care for you if it becomes necessary.

Ask your midwife what her service includes and does not include. Also ask about fees, back-up arrangements and obstetric back-up arrangements.

Finally, it’s really important that you feel comfortable with your midwife and that you feel that you trust her. Reliability is important, as is trust, respect and honesty.

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