We value pregnancy and birth as normal healthy events. Your midwives aim to give low intervention care to support you to have a normal birth. Continuity of maternity care aims promote:
- Trusting and respectful partnerships between you and your midwives
- A focus on your individual needs, expectations and aspirations
- The inclusion of partners, family and other important people
- Care that is ‘holistic’ encompassing your social, emotional, physical, psychological, spiritual and cultural needs.
Can I have MGP Care at Byron?
To be able to receive (be eligible) for pregnancy and birth care with Byron MGP you need to:
- Be healthy and have no complications during your pregnancy or labour. We call this ‘normal risk’
- Live within the Byron ‘catchment’ area
- Begin care with us before your 34th week of pregnancy and have had regular pregnancy care
The aim of our care is to enjoy your pregnancy with you, and help you prepare physically and mentally for your labour and parenting. Continuity of care is a partnership, we will always provide you with information and time so that you are able to make informed choices about your care. You can expect respectful interactions and safe physical examinations of you and your baby.
Our Expectations of You
Our care encompasses a holistic approach and is one based on trust. We ask that you be honest with your communications with us and that you hold a strong belief in the natural birthing process and the value of breastfeeding. The more health information you can share with us, the better the advice we can give. We ask that you seriously consider all recommendations that we make regarding your care and that of your baby.
Our MGP team has seven registered midwives who work in three teams. You will be allocated a primary midwife. You and your primary midwife will meet regularly during your pregnancy for antenatal visits at Byron hospital or in the commmunity. During your pregnancy you will also meet the other midwives in your team, who may be present at your birth.
Our MGP team benefits from strong collaboration with doctors at our referral hospital; The Tweed Hospital (TTH). Our midwives have regular team meetings with an obstetrician from TTH. If there are any concerns during your pregnancy you can meet with an obstetrician. During these visits they may make recommendations and you will have opportunity to discuss your care preferences.
Labour and Birth
The Byron MGP service offers you a choice of birthing in one of our rooms at Byron Central Hospital or birthing in your own home. All our midwives are accredited to support water immersion during labour and water birth.
Read more about our planned home birth program here
If you and your baby are both well you will go home four hours after birth. Over the first week your midwife will visit you at home regularly. We will continue to visit over the next three weeks; the frequency of these visits will depend on your individual needs. We will discharge you and your baby after one month. You will be referred to a Family and Child Health Nurse for ongoing support.
Transferring your care
Sometimes there are reasons you will be transferred from Byron MGP care. For example if induction of labour is recommended, you would like pain relief during labour (epidural), or we are concerned about you or your baby after birth. If you need to transfer we will give you as much time as possible to ask questions. Depending on the reason for transfer we will organise an ambulance transfer and a midwife may travel with you to The Tweed Hospital.
Once you are discharged from hospital, your midwife will still usually be able to provide postnatal care for you and your baby at home.
Would you like more information?
If you would like more information about Byron MGP please:
Complete the online enquiry form or call: (02) 6639 9580 and speak to a midwife.