A midwife is a health professional specially trained to care for women during their pregnancy, labour and after they give birth. They help with breastfeeding and care for newborn babies for anywhere up to six weeks after birth.
- Supervise, care for and advise pregnant women during pregnancy
- Provide support during labour and birth
- Care for women and their babies after the birth
- Obtain specialist assistance when needed
- Carry out some emergency measures in the absence of a specialist
You need a referral from a doctor to see a midwife at a pregnancy care clinic in a hospital.
The cost of midwifery services at pregnancy care clinics vary depending on the provider. Contact the hospital before you attend if you would like more information about cost.
RegulationAustralian Health PractitionerAgency
RegistrationA midwife must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.
Minimum qualificationsThe minimum education requirement for a midwife is a Bachelor of Midwifery or Bachelor of Nursingfollowed by a Graduate Diploma or Master of Midwifery.
- Write down a list of questions to ask while you’re there.
- If you want to use a private midwife, be sure to check their qualifications, experience and costs.
At your first visit a midwife will discuss your health background, your pregnancy and any concerns you may have. They will also discuss your preferred model of care.