Continuity of Midwifery Care
Research tells us that receiving care from a midwife that you know for your pregnancy, birth and post-birth is considered best practice. This type of care is associated with the best birthing outcomes and high levels of satisfaction for both the woman and her midwife. When you choose to receive continuity of midwifery care you will have you own midwife who will be accessible to you 24 hours a day. Your midwife will care for you and your baby throughout your pregnancy, birth and until your baby is 6 weeks old.Your midwife will work in partnership with you to achieve a safe and satisfying pregnancy and birth experience.
Throughout your pregnancy your own midwife will care you for. Appointments will be arranged at a time to suit you and your midwife and can take place at either one of our clinics or in your home. Throughout your pregnancy your midwife will support you and help prepare and empower you for birth and early parenting. Your midwife will discuss current information regarding all pregnancy, birth and early parenting topics. This will then assist you to make informed choices for you and your baby. You midwife will also be able to order any ultrasound scans and blood tests that you decide to have, as well as writing prescriptions should medication be required. Should any complications occur your midwife would work in partnership with other health care professionals to ensure optimal outcomes for you and your baby.
Labour and Birth
Your own midwife will be on call for your labour and birth. Should you decide to birth at Gold Coast University Hospital or at home, your midwife will provide all of your labour and birth care. If any concerns arise during labour and birth, your midwife will continue to provide continuity of midwifery care and support in collaboration with the hospital midwifery, obstetric and neonatal staff. If you decide to birth at any other hospital, your midwife will provide birth support, be your advocate and facilitate informed decision making at all times.
Following your birth, your midwife will ensure that you and your baby are well and provide education and support for breastfeeding and early parenting. Most women choose to go home at 4-6 hours post birth, but you may choose to stay in hospital. Your midwife will be accessible to you 24 hours a day and care for you and your baby for up to six weeks, with visits with you in the hospital, home or in one of our clinics.