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Description

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.

Services provided

  • 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

Eligibility

You need a referral from a doctor to see a midwife at a pregnancy care clinic in a hospital.

How to access

Contact the Australian College of Midwives to find a midwife near you.

Costs

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.

Private midwives are available. Ask your local doctor for a recommendation. Costs will vary.

Midwifery services may be partly or fully covered by Medicare.

Profile

Sector

Conventional healthcare

Regulation

Australian Health PractitionerAgency

Registration

A midwife must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

Minimum qualifications

The minimum education requirement for a midwife is a Bachelor of Midwifery or Bachelor of Nursingfollowed by a Graduate Diploma or Master of Midwifery.

Tip

  • 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.

Important

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.