Does Medicare cover any My Midwives services?
Most Australian women are Medicare eligible and if you are Medicare-eligible, Medicare will cover a portion of your care. The amount will vary according to your individual circumstances, based on whether or not you have a healthcare card, where you are at with your family safety net and also Extended Safety Net. For more information about the Medicare safety nets click here.
Will my Private Health Fund cover any costs?
Under the Health Insurance Act Private Health Funds must provide a benefit that equals the scheduled fee for in-hospital care if you have obstetric/pregnancy cover in your plan. Additionally, there are health funds which will cover other midwifery services including education and postnatal care and may also pay for more out of pocket costs around your birth care. It will depend on which health fund and the level of cover you have as to what you will receive from your fund.
Where can I birth my baby?
At My Midwives, we believe where you birth your baby is an important decision and we understand that there are many individual factors that apply to each and every person’s choice. As a basic guide, we have admitting rights to a range of hospitals and birth centres and also provide home birth care. The specifics of each decision are discussed throughout pregnancy, however, we are one of few practices that can truly encourage you to choose your care provider knowing that you can make a final decision about place of birth as your pregnancy evolves. We are also happy to support women who may not live in a location where they have access to midwifery care with virtual services and relocation closer to a midwifery practice for birth care.
What if there is a problem with my pregnancy
At any time during your care if your midwife suspects something out of the ordinary, has any concerns or you are worried, you will be referred to seek further care. This care may be from a medical practitioner such as a GP, obstetrician, pediatrician, hospital team or another relevant specialist. We are completely confident to provide care that meets your needs and liaise very frequently with our collaborating hospitals and doctors. We also work with a wide array of allied health practitioners and complementary therapists to ensure your wider needs may be met.
Do I still need to see an obstetrician?
Some women will continue to see an obstetrician where it is recommended or it is their choice to see one.
If you are birthing in a public facility you will discuss with your midwife whether you require any other practitioners involved in your care. You have the option for obstetric visits and where significant complexity arises you may be referred to an obstetrician. Your midwife will continue to provide midwifery care if this occurs. Overall the majority of women do not need to see an obstetrician but also have that option if they are seeking.
Can I have a water birth?
Our midwives are accredited to provide water immersion during labour and also water birth. Water immersion and water births are an option in most but not all facilities so please discuss this with your midwife.
Do I need a referral?
You do not need a referral for most aspects of care, however, if you are coming for one-off visits or shared care we may ask one to fulfill your Medicare requirements. You do not need a referral for your bulk-billed initial consultation and following this, any additional requirements will be discussed with you.
Fees & payment plans
To arrange a tailored payment plan, please speak with our friendly administration team.
What is midwifery continuity of care?
Midwifery continuity of care is a model of maternity care where a dedicated midwife provides comprehensive support to expectant parents throughout pregnancy, birth, and the postnatal period. This approach ensures a consistent and trusting relationship between the midwife and the family, resulting in personalised care and support.
What services do private midwives provide compared to hospital Midwives?
Private midwifery emphasizes one-on-one care, offering personalised care in the comfort of our clinics and the option to give birth in your home, birth centre (where available) or to be your admitting clinician for hospital birth. This differs from hospital midwives who often work in larger healthcare settings, where care may be shared among multiple providers. Private midwives focuses on empowering you to make informed choices during your pregnancy and birth, ensuring a more holistic and individualised experience.
How does private midwifery differ from hospital care?
Private midwifery prioritises personalised, one-on-one care and is often provided in non-hospital settings like homes or birth centres. In contrast, hospital care involves a more clinical approach and is typically delivered within a hospital setting, where medical interventions are readily available. Private midwifery emphasises holistic, family-centred care.
Is private midwifery covered by insurance?
Private midwifery services may be partially or fully covered by private health insurance. Coverage details vary depending on your insurance provider and plan. To determine your specific coverage, talk to your midwife and the admin team and then it's essential to contact your insurance provider directly. There are also Medicare rebates on some of our services. Our midwifery practices also offer payment plans to make our services accessible.
Can I still have a private midwife if I plan a hospital birth?
Absolutely! Private midwives can be your lead carer in a hospital setting, ensuring you know your care provider during labour and birth. We have admitting rights to a variety of hospitals in Brisbane, Toowoomba and Melbourne. The midwives know your birth plan and provide continuous care throughout your hospital stay.
When should I start looking for a private midwife?
It's a good idea to start your search for a private midwife early in your pregnancy, ideally during the first trimester. This allows you to build a strong relationship and ensure comprehensive care throughout your entire journey. However, it's never too late to connect with a midwife who can provide valuable support.
What is the Rainbow Baby Project?
The Rainbow Baby Project is a special initiative that supports families who have experienced pregnancy or infant loss. It provides compassionate care, guidance, and resources to help families on their journey to welcoming a rainbow baby—a baby born after a loss. Please visit our Rainbow Baby Page for further information
What should I expect during a consultation with a midwife?
During a consultation with a midwife, you can expect the midwife to take the time you need to explore your pregnancy, check on you and your baby and provide a welcoming and supportive environment. Your midwife will discuss your pregnancy history, health, and any questions or concerns you may have. They will explain the midwifery continuity of care model, share information about available services, and create a personalised care plan tailored to your needs and preferences.
What kind of prices should I expect?
At My Midwives, we understand the importance of transparent pricing. Our services are designed to provide you with exceptional midwifery care that meets your needs and preferences. For detailed information about our pricing and the range of services we offer, please visit our Pricing Page. You'll find a breakdown of costs and options to help you make an informed decision about your maternity care. If you have any specific questions about pricing, feel free to contact us, and our team will be happy to assist you. Your comfort and peace of mind are our priorities, and we're here to support you every step of the way.
How do I submit a complaint or feedback to My Midwives?
At My Midwives, we strive to provide the best possible service and welcome your feedback to help us achieve this. Despite a My Midwives staff acting with their best of intentions, clients may lodge complaints as a result of their action or inaction. You have the right to express your concern and to have this heard and acted on.
More details on how to submit your complaint or feedback can be found here