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Hi Alex,
My son is 10 months old, and my husband and I have been trying for another baby. I had an emergency c/s delivery with my first baby because he was too big for me to birth vaginally. I really want to have a go at VBAC next time around. I would like to have my own private midwife for all of my antenatal checks and for the birth, but I am worried that because of my last labour, a midwife may not be able to provide the right care in case something comes up in the labour again. I will have the baby in a public hospital, so if something arises again, the doctor would be on call to take over, wouldn't they? Would you recommend hiring a midwife?

Hi,
Thank you for your enquiry. An independent midwife is able to provide all the care necessary for a woman and her baby during a healthy pregnancy and birth. If a problem arises, a midwife refers a woman to a specialist for a consultation and in the majority of cases the midwife can continue to care for the woman and her baby. If you plan to give birth in a hospital, you have a choice of going as a public or a private patient. If you go private, you can choose the doctor that you wish to provide your care. If you are a public patient, you get allocated the doctor of the day to care for you. There is also the option of a birth centre or midwives clinic where a team of midwives care for you. They can also refer you to a specialist of you need extra care. An independent midwife provides one on one care and a very satisfying experience for women.
Best wishes,
Alex.

<a href="http://www.nswmidwives.com.au/">NSW Midwives Association</a>
Note: This information is not designed to replace that of your health professional.

Hi Georgies_mumma
Just thought I'd let you know - we wanted our own midwife for our first bub but when looking into it dicovered what we really wanted was a doula. In QLD you can get your own midwife if you have a home birth but are not guarenteed of a certain midwife in an hospital or birth centre.
A doula is a trained support person who will be there for your entire pregnacy to answer your questions or at least steer you in the right direction for your answers. Some doulas have more training than others so you just need to check ie most doulas are not licenced to carry oxygen which is why you need a midwife for a home birth.
Our doula was fantastic, she stayed with us for 26 hours at the hospital & then as I had an unplanned Caesar she (notbeing allowed in the thetre as only one person is & that was my DH smile ) waited till I was out of surgury to make sure bub & I were ok. She was also on call for 2 weeks after the birth for any breastfeeding help or questions etc.
You may have already found this out but I thought I'd let you know in case I can save you some research time. smile
If any one wants me to refer them to a great doula in the Brisbane area my email is [email protected]

PS Also a good doula should have a 'back up doula' in case you have a long labour. You main doula can have a sleep for an hour if needed. Not always possible though as there are even fewer doulas than midwives!
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