Wherever you have your baby, the most important thing is to do it with full medical support and care.

An Introduction to Pregnancy Care

Every pregnant woman needs to undergo a program of care that commences as soon as she discovers she is pregnant. Monitoring the baby’s growth and the mother’s health is absolutely essential. You have a few choices with your pregnancy care (also called antenatal care) which can be carried out by a midwife, GP or obstetrician. Once your doctor has confirmed your pregnancy, they will outline your options and refer you to a hospital.

Typically during the birth in a hospital, public patients are looked after by the hospital’s medical staff but usually do not have access to a particular doctor. In the event of any difficulties and/or the need for an emergency caesarean, medical care is on hand. Private patients usually have access to their own doctors, and may have both a midwife and their obstetrician available during the course of the birth.

Postnatal care is primarily undertaken by nursing staff or midwives, with doctors checking on progress. This is usually done in hospitals but sometimes it’s possible for midwives or nurses to visit mothers at home in the event of early discharge. Midwives are particularly valuable at this time, giving advice on breastfeeding and new baby essentials.

Home Birthing Care

If you decide on a home birth you will need to have antenatal, birth and postnatal care. It may be that your antenatal care is done by your local doctor or a midwife. You will also be required to have a midwife and/or a midwife and your GP present at the birth, and have a schedule of post-birth care. Should you need to be taken to hospital during the birth, your care then transfers to the hospital staff.

Most women who are considering a home birth start by consulting their local doctor and /or finding a local midwife.

Why Choose a Home Birth

Women who choose home births tend to do so because they have a desire to give birth in familiar and comfortable surroundings, and they want to feel they have more control over various aspects of the birth than they might otherwise have in a hospital.

Where to Find More Information

To find out more about home births, and your birthing options, Homebirth Australia is an organisation that provides advice, information and links to local midwives.

The birth of a child is perhaps the most important moment in any woman’s life. Whether you would never consider a home birth, or would consider nothing else, it’s vital that you have excellent medical care on hand. The safety of your child and yourself of course is paramount so adhering to your antenatal care schedule, taking care of yourself and always considering the welfare of your growing baby is the best way to prepare for your new arrival.

The Longer Term

Making birth preparations is also the ideal time to give some thought to looking after your family in the long term. Life insurance is just one way that you can provide some added security to your future.