I don't know how many parents I’ve spoken to who would have chosen services like mine if only they’d known about the benefits of engaging a private midwife before their birth journey.
I thought I’d share some of these insights with you, so that you can make an informed decision. You may find some of these reasons surprising.
The whole question of private midwifery will be explored further, in a new article I’m writing about models of care when it comes to birthing. If you’d like me to send it to you when it’s done, just ask me.
If this is your first time on the parenting journey, you’ll soon realise just how precious your time will become and how “convenience” will increasingly become a necessity in daily life.
My experience tells me that if you’re in early pregnancy, you are most likely to be:
· working full-time and are not yet ready to announce your pregnancy to the workplace,
· struck with debilitating nausea, vomiting and extreme tiredness
· wanting to have the support of your partner at appointments
· caring for other small children
This is the first major advantage for engaging a private midwife; we will see you at YOUR convenience.
This means your private midwife will meet you in your home and will have the flexibility to organise a time that suits you and your family, including outside office hours.
Therefore, you will have just avoided extended waiting times in rooms full of unwell people, arranging for childcare, and even organising sick leave from work to attend appointments. And much easier for your partner to be there too!
Another surprising benefit of engaging a private midwife is that you are likely to find our service more affordable than you might have imagined.
Firstly, you do not need private health insurance to access private midwifery services, although some services may qualify for private rebates.
Secondly, Medicare rebates apply for ALL appointments during pregnancy and postnatally up until baby is 6 weeks old.
What’s more, your appointments will be packed full of added extras, accessible resources and information, and the fee includes associated travel time.
Compared with electricians’ or plumbers’ fees, or even sport or music tuition, your private midwife service represents real value for money. After all, you invest in so many ‘things’ in preparation for parenthood, its useful to consider investing in your health and well-being with your own private midwife.
Clearer choice of care options
There are so many choices you’ll need to make during your pregnancy and then throughout postnatal care.
So often I hear from people who were unaware of the options available to them and that they’d choose differently, if they were to have their time over again.
You won’t be in that situation with your private midwife as they will be able to provide your complete pregnancy and postnatal care.
Or, if you want to select particular services to “top-up” your standard hospital care, your private midwife is YOUR private midwife, and some simple discussions will equip you with all you need to know.
In short, engaging a private midwife is like choosing 1:1 care that is all about you.
Think of midwives like me as your personal maternity care concierge!
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