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Canberra Midwives is a private, personalised midwifery practice, part of Midwyf Services, which has been providing caring, experienced and safe midwifery care for women and their families for over 25 years. Our midwives have lived and worked in Canberra for many years.

We provide early pregnancy care through labour and birth and in the first crucial weeks of the new baby’s life, or any part of these if you wish. We provide this care wherever you feel safest to birth, whether that is at home or in hospital.

We believe pregnancy and birth are normal and significant life events.

We know that how and with whom a woman births can have lifelong impacts for the woman, her baby and her family.

We believe that when a woman is supported to be in charge of her pregnancy, birthing and early parenting experiences by working in partnership with skilled and knowledgeable midwives, she and her family are in the best position to start their new family’s life. We know that every woman and family are unique and require individualised care to suit their needs and situation.

We will meet regularly with you during pregnancy to provide your care and, equally importantly, so you can share your dreams and goals for your maternity journey.

Together we can build a relationship of trust and confidence where you are in charge of your care.

This kind of care, when you are able to build a strong and trusting relationship with your midwife, when your midwife knows your situation and medical needs well, is safe care.

Q How does care with a Canberra Midwives work?

Canberra Midwives provides one to one care with women and their families as a total package.

We offer several packages:

Pregnancy, birth and postnatal package. This includes all of your pregnancy care, care during labour and birth and postnatal care for 6 weeks after baby arrives.

Pregnancy and postnatal package if you wish to have another provider for your birth.

Pregnancy care alone

Postnatal care alone.

Pregnancy care normally involves 4 weekly appointments up until 32 weeks of pregnancy, then fortnightly until 36 weeks and then weekly up till birth (which may be up to 42 weeks). These visits usually occur in your home, with your family involved and may take around an hour or so. Whilst clinical care and assessment is provided, emotional and social support is also important, as is the getting to know your hopes and expectations, your perceived strengths and weaknesses and your fears. Building a strong relationship as your midwife with you is essential.

Care during your labour and birth is provided by our midwives. You may choose to have your baby at home or in hospital with our care and support. You will be your midwife’s focus and care during this incredible time, and having built the special relationship as woman and midwife, your care will be significantly different to that provided in a hospital setting with midwives who are strangers.

After your beautiful baby is born, sensitive care is provided that honours the special first experiences with your baby as a family. Care for mother and baby is tailored for individual needs, and continues for 6 weeks after baby’s arrival. This postnatal care is important and valuable, at what can be a challenging time for new mums and dads alike. Breastfeeding assistance and support is integral to our care.

Q What if I only want pregnancy or post-birth care?

Canberra Midwives can support you through pregnancy even if you are booked to birth with another provider. During this time we will provide information and support to help you with the many decisions about screening and tests available to pregnant women and can order these for you.

We will also provide you with education and resources to help you prepare for your birth, wherever you have chosen and whatever kind of birth for which you are preparing.

If you only want postnatal care, we can provide you with our expert, caring support during the first six weeks after the arrival of your baby: a time of immense change in everyone's lives.

We are passionate about protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding and have qualifications (IBC Lactation Consultant) and years of experience to support the early days of your breastfeeding relationship with your baby.

Q When can I book in?

The safest maternity care with the best outcomes for mother and baby happens when there is a trusting relationship between a woman and her midwife developed over the course of her pregnancy. For this reason, it is best to book with us as soon as your pregnancy is confirmed.

We recognise that this is not always possible due to the complexities of life! We can take bookings later in pregnancy but will not be able to do this if we are fully booked. Give us a call to discuss your situation. We would love to support you to have a beautiful birth.

Q Do I need to see a doctor during my pregnancy or birth or after the birth?

Midwives are the experts in normal pregnancy, birth and postnatal care. In Australia midwives are qualified to care for normal pregnancy. You would only need to see a doctor should a complication arise.

Our midwives can order routine scans and pathology tests as well as prescribe any necessary medications.

You can choose to see a midwife totally for your care or choose to see a doctor for some appointments.

Should your care become more complex, we work closely with our medical colleagues to continue to provide your care should you need additional medical support with your pregnancy, labour and birth or postnatal care.

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