During this unprecedented time of Coronavirus (Covid-19) I will be taking all of the recommended precautions to ensure your safety. Face-to-face visits will continue in the comfort and safety of your own home, however they will be reduced in frequency and duration, and all other enquiries and visits can be completed via Telehealth. This is to ensure the safest delivery of care to you and your family. Care will continued to be tailored according to your needs.
Pregnancy is usually a thrilling and yet completely normal life event, but it can also be confusing and a bit daunting navigating the health system, and making important decisions about the health of yourself and your unborn baby. Developing a relationship with a known caregiver has been shown to have many benefits, including healthier pregnancies and babies, as well as being generally more enjoyable! Continuity of care with a midwife, through pregnancy, labour and birth, and post birth, has been shown to lead to a greater chance of having a normal birth, having an easier time breastfeeding, and being more satisfied with your care. Some people say, if having a known midwife was a drug, everyone would be prescribed it!
Regular check-ups are encouraged during pregnancy to enhance yours and your baby's wellbeing, as well as detecting when your pregnancy is deviating from normal. Its also an opportunity to build upon this important relationship with your midwife, and help you prepare for labour, birth, and beyond. As a Medicare Endorsed midwife I provide visits in my clinic room or your home, either preparing for a home birth, or as part of a shared care arrangement with your Obstetrician, GP, or your local hospital. I take the time to address your physical and emotional needs, perform all the usual check ups, and can also order all necessary blood test and ultrasounds.
If you have a medicare card, you will receive a rebate for these services.
Choosing where to give birth is as important as deciding who will care for you! Labour and birth hormones tend to work best in an environment where we feel safe, and for many people this is in a hospital. But for those who want more control over their environment, their choices and their support team, or who may have had a negative experience in the past, giving birth at home with an experienced midwife may be preferred.
Women who choose to birth at home believe that birth is a normal, healthy, life event and that home birth is an occasion, that can be shared with family, their children and selected friends. Women who give birth at home describe a sense of calmness, safety and control labouring in their familiar surroundings, which enables them to manage labour pain more easily.
Midwifery care with the same care provider can help reduce anxiety and confusion on your birth journey and improve your self confidence and satisfaction in your birth outcomes.
Please note, there is currently no Medicare rebate for homebirth, although this is currently under consideration by Medicare. Add your name to petition Medicare.
Despite all the preparation and planning in the world, for many people, taking home your bundle of joy can be a daunting prospect! Having regular visits with a calm and experienced midwife can make all the difference to your transition to parenthood, I believe that the primary purpose of postnatal care is to help new parents feel confident and relaxed, and consistent, up-to-date advice from a trusted professional will help you develop this.
I will stay in regular contact with you after your birth, provide support, perform necessary tests and checks, assist with feeding, and answer any questions you may have.
All of these services will be provided to you in the comfort of your home, as often or as little as you need. Medicare rebates available.
Everyone should get the information, support and guidance they need to breastfeed successfully and enjoyably for as long as they choose. Consistent advice from your trusted and experienced midwife can prevent many common feeding problems, and help to quickly resolve others. Breastfeeding isn't always easy but there are lots of myths and expectations that inadvertently make it harder than need be.
I work closely with you to give you the information, reassurance and practical resources you need to achieve your unique feeding goals.
Breastfeeding support in the first six weeks attracts a Medicare rebate as a postnatal visit.
Temporary Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) items allow midwives to deliver services via Telehealth for some bulk billed Midwifery Services. The new MBS items will allow you to access essential health services in your home while you undergo self-isolation or quarantine during pregnancy or after birth, to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 for vulnerable people in the community. This is a temporary six-month measure. Should the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) recommend an extension, it will be considered by the Government.