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  • Most pregnant women who give birth in Victoria have their babies in a hospital.
  • Victoria’s public hospitals provide safe, affordable and high-quality maternity care.
  • In both public and private hospitals, you will be cared for mostly by midwives during your labour.
  • If your birth does not go as planned, an obstetrician will take care of any procedures or operations you need, such as a caesarean.
  • Maternity care in public hospitals is free to Medicare card holders. In a private hospital, you and your private health fund (if you have one) will pay for most of your care.

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Reviewed on: 10-03-2021