Birthing is where midwives and obstetricians care for women during their labour and birth. We believe that every birth is special, and that your labour and the birth of your baby will be a very personal and special time for you. If labour is progressing normally and there are no concerns about you or your baby, you will be cared for by one of our skilled midwives. Your support person is encouraged to be involved in your care, and you may choose up to two support people to be with you during your labour and birth.
Our team of medical staff including neonatologists/paediatricians are available at all times and work closely with our midwives and obstetricians to provide care for you if your pregnancy, labour or birth is, or becomes more complex.
You may choose to labour and/or birth in water if it is considered safe for you and your baby. Please speak to a midwife during your pregnancy if you would like to use a birth pool during your labour.
The use of water for pain relief and waterbirth is offered:
to women with an uncomplicated pregnancy
at term (37-42 weeks) and in established labour
There are strict guidelines that are followed for waterbirth, speak to your midwife to discuss if you this birth option is suitable for you and your baby.
There are many other pain relief options that can be discussed with your midwife or doctor at your next appointment.
Some women like to make a birth plan or document their preferences for labour and birth. If this is something you may like to do, you can discuss this with your midwife at one of your antenatal appointments.