If you have booked your homebirth, your midwife or her back-up midwife are available for URGENT midwifery care 24/7. If it is urgent, please phone, do NOT use text.
If your midwife is not available or does not answer the phone, please call back in 5 minutes, as I may be busy with another client.
IF YOU EXPERIENCE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING, PLEASE PHONE YOUR MIDWIFE
If you are unable to contact your midwife for any reason, please call Birth Suite at: Lismore Base Hospital on 02 66207450 or Tweed Hospital 07 5506 7490 or Grafton Base Hospital 02 6641 8490
As I am sure you will understand, being constantly available creates the potential for midwives to 'burn-out'. I do not want this to happen, so I'm asking for your help. For non-urgent matters, please make contact with me during the hours of 8am-4pm Mon-Fri. Saving up your general questions until scheduled appointments is preferred, however if you believe you question cannot wait, please feel free to text or phone me on 0400 626 207.
For coughs, colds and symptoms not related to your pregnancy, please speak to your GP or Pharmacist.
For COVID-19 questions, please call Healthdirect: 1800 022 222
I live in Lismore, NSW and will gladly travel around the Northern Rivers (Goonelabah, The Channon, Nimbin, Bangalow, Byron Bay, Suffolk Park, Mullumbimby, Ocean Shores, South Golden Beach, Ballina, Brunswick Heads, Yamba). If you are wondering if I will travel to your particular location please feel free to get in contact with me to discuss.
No, I am not yet a lactation consultant, but through many years of midwifery experience I have gained a wealth of knowledge and techniques to support breastfeeding. If your concern continues past the first six weeks, or is beyond my skill, I will refer you to a lactation consultant.
Homebirth midwives are experienced in emergency care, and carry safety equipment (often as much as small maternity units), including drugs to control bleeding, oxygen, equipment to help baby breathe, and IV fluids, should the need for them arise. We work in close collaboration with obstetricians and/or the local hospital to ensure your care is as safe as possible. In Australia, two midwives are required by law to attend birth at home or in a birth centre, which increases safety in case of emergency. Having said that, most homebirths proceed smoothly, and your choice and autonomy is always respected.
To find out more about homebirth, see my resources.
Yes, many of my clients choose water birth and I provide a birth pool, pump and new liner to you for a small fee so you don't need to buy one at a higher cost (see costs for more details).
I can help you with sore nipples, positions for feeding, breast pain, milk supply and weight issues, reflux, thrush, assessing tongue tie, unsettled babies and frequent feeding, over supply and forceful let down, medications and feeding, sleep support, growth spurts, mastitis and blocked ducts, milk blisters, breastfeeding through illness.
Medicare covers a portion of the fee for antenatal and postnatal care. This service is currently under review, and may include homebirth and lactation services in the future. You can sign a petition to support homebirth, or give direct feedback to Medicare.
Some private health insurers will cover the gap; you will need to enquire with your health insurer directly.
No. As I have a collaborative arrangement with an obstetrician, you will not need a referral. You will only need to see this obstetrician if your pregnancy requires it, or you wish to.