Murwillumbah Birth Centre

Murwillumbah Midwifery Group Practice (MGP) is a continuity of care model of maternity care. This means that you are partnered with a named registered midwife, also known as your ‘primary midwife’.

Your primary midwife cares for you during your pregnancy (antenatal care), your labour and birth, and for you and your baby for up to a month after birth (postnatally).

Your primary midwife or one of the other midwives from our service will care for you during your labour and birth. A secondary back-up midwife or midwives provide cover, and there may be assistance from doctors when needed.

We value pregnancy and birth as 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, and encompasses your social, emotional, physical, psychological, spiritual and cultural needs.

Can I have MGP Care at Murwillumbah?

To be able to receive pregnancy and birth care with Murwillumbah MGP you need to:

  • Be healthy and have no complications during your pregnancy or labour. We call this ‘normal risk’
  • Live within the Murwillumbah catchment area
  • Begin care with us before your 34th week of pregnancy and have had regular pregnancy care.

Our 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 in your communications with us and that you hold a strong belief in the normal 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. 

Pregnancy care

Our MGP team has seven registered midwives who work in two teams. You will be allocated a primary midwife. You and your primary midwife will meet regularly during your pregnancy for pregnancy visits at Murwillumbah hospital or in the community. 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 Murwillumbah MGP service offers birthing in one of our rooms at Murwillumbah District Hospital. All our midwives are accredited to support water immersion during labour and water birth.

After birth 

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 Murwillumbah MGP care. Examples include 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. 

Hours of Service: The Murwillumbah Midwifery Group Practice is a 24 hour, seven day a week service

Location:  Level 2, Murwillumbah District Hospital, Ewing Street, Murwillumbah, NSW 2484

Contacting Us: Phone: (02) 6672 0108. Please leave a message and a midwife will return your call.

To register your interest for Murwillumbah MGP you can complete the online enquiry form.

You can provide feedback on your experience with our MGP here.

For information about other pregnancy and birth care options, visit our Pregnancy, Birth and Newborn Services page

 

Location: Level 2, Murwillumbah District Hospital, Ewing Street, Murwillumbah, NSW 2484
Contacting Us: Phone: (02) 6672 0108