ADELAIDE MIDWIFERY SERVICES
As a Medicare Endorsed Midwife, I am able to provide you with comprehensive, individualised care for you and your family.
It is well documented that Continuity of Carer is a safe and a mutually beneficial form of care for your pregnancy when attended by a skilled and experienced practitioner. Hospital Birthing Centres are becoming increasingly popular with long waiting lists or perhaps you do not meet their "criteria for inclusion," such as a previous caesarean birth. I am able to provide you with an antenatal pathway that is tailored to your individual requirements. I have extensive experience in antenatal education, birth suite, postnatal cares and lactation consultancy, this experience paired with your expectations to ensure your pregnancy and parenting journey is off to a great start!
Some reasons why to have your care with Adelaide Midwifery Services:
- same midwife for each visit
- no long waiting times in busy hospital clinics or doctors waiting rooms
- no car parking issues
- care in the comfort of your own home
- choose the time that suits you
- family welcome including siblings
- Option to tailor care to your needs e.g. planning a Vaginal Birth After Caesarean
- Medicare/Health fund rebates available
Adelaide Midwifery Services can provide a range of care options either as your primary midwife or in collaboration with your birthing hospital, GP or obstetrician.
I follow the recommended antenatal schedule of appointments recommended for pregnant women in South Australia (generally 8-10 visits). The first appointment after you have confirmed your pregnancy, would take up to 1.5 hours and subsequent visits up to an hour. These appointment will be in your home at a time that is mutually convenient.
At each appointment, I will assess the wellbeing of both you and your unborn baby. I am able to order a range of antenatal investigations/tests/ultrasounds with your consent, as needed. A range of education can be provided as appropriate including:
- diet and nutrition for pregnancy and breastfeeding
- blood tests and screening during pregnancy
- work and pregnancy
- fetal development
- labour progression/expectations, positioning in labour.
- 'Plan B' such as instrumental births, c-sections
- birth plan discussion
- pharmacological and non-pharmacological ways of dealing with labour
- breastfeeding preparation
Unfortunately at this time, I do not provide labour care. You have the option to birth at any hospital and I will provide the relevant documentation as needed.
Postnatal care within a hospital setting can vary significantly. Discharge from hospital is becoming earlier and earlier, anywhere from 4 hours-5 days post delivery depending on your circumstances and hospital. In that time, you barely have a chance to recover from your birth and the expectation to care for your baby and know what to do is enormous. If you are in a public hospital you are discharged earlier, but you have the bonus of a community midwife visiting you once or twice in the home to check your progress. However if in the private sector, you may stay longer in hospital, but you do not have any followup at home until your 6 week appointment with your obstetrician/paediatrician. There are benefits/negatives to both forms of care. However, if you chose to engage the services of a private midwife or Lactation Consultant you have the benefit of consistent accurate advice in that early postnatal period when sleep deprivation, emotions and information overload are at their highest.
I will liaise with your birthing hospital to ensure there is a seamless transition to the home environment particularly if you choose to discharge early from hospital. I can perform routine care of baby including the newborn neonatal screening test (Day 3) in the home. I ask that the hospital provide me with a discharge letter or birth summary detailing the care provided to you in hospital so that I can provide appropriate ongoing care.
Postnatal care includes:
- breastfeeding support and education
- ongoing parenting education
- ongoing clinical care for you and your baby if required
- discussion/debrief about your birthing experience (if relevant)
- normal newborn expectations
- adjustment to motherhood/fatherhood e.g. moods/emotions, your changing relationship, sleep, contraception
- parenting advice, support and education e.g. bathing baby, baby massage, wrapping and settling.
A care plan will be tailored to you and your family to ensure the transition is seamless including a schedule of visits. I am able to provide care to your family up to 6 weeks post birth of the baby within the medicare eligibility framework this may include visits on Day 1, 3,5, 7 and then weekly thereafter until 6 weeks.
Please enquire about our fee schedule via email.