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  • The cost of having a baby in Victoria will depend mostly on whether you choose to use the public or private health system.
  • Most women in Victoria choose to have their babies through the public hospital system. This is a safe, high-quality and affordable option.
  • Families can choose from a number of ‘models of care’ including midwifery-led models, birth centres, home births, and care that is shared between your general practitioner (GP) and your nearest hospital.
  • Having your baby through the private health system can incur high costs, even if you have private health insurance.
  • Free Maternal and Child Health services throughout Victoria will help you ensure your baby meets their growth targets.
  • Some Centrelink payments are available to eligible families to offset the costs of caring for a baby.

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Reviewed on: 04-04-2022