Choosing the right provider that supports your birth vision is possibly the single most important decision in your pregnancy.
One fantastic option for Toowoomba mums is the Midwifery Group Practice through the Birth Centre.
What is it?
The Birth Centre consists of two suites with beautiful amenities. The rooms both contain large birth baths/birth pool for water birth / immersion during labour. They are nicely styled rooms with a double bed and large bathroom.
The decor feels homely and slightly luxurious compared to the regular birth suites.
There are other nice touches, such as aromatherapy diffusers, ipod docks, a tea and coffee station, inspiring pictures and calming colour theme.
Where is it?
The birth centre is actually located next to the birthing suites at the Toowoomba Base Hospital, rather than a stand alone centre. Perfect for those wanting that homely feel, but with the security of being at hospital.
How can I have a birth at the Birth Centre?
There are a few ways to have a birth at the birth centre.
First is via the MGP program "Midwifery Group Practice" or "Caseload" program, where you have a team of 2 or 3 midwives that see you throughout your pregnancy for prenatal checks, labour and 6 weeks after birth for home check ups. It's a free service for medicare card holders, which is a massive benefit. Continuity of care has many benefits, and I personally believe every woman needs continuity of care throughout their pregnancy.
The drawback of this program is that is it very limited, in that there are only a certain number of women that are accepted into the program per month. Alot of women miss out, especially those that are deemed high risk.
There are a number of criteria that will qualify or disqualify you for the MGP program (and access to the birth centre). Some of these include:
If you are expecting and think you would like to be on the program to have a drug free birth , you need to ring the Toowoomba Hospital Antenatal Clinic (4616 6201) and ask for your name to be put down on the list.
You then need to obtain a referral from your GP. You will receive a letter with your first Hospital appointment at around 12 weeks. At that appointment, ensure your name has been placed on the list (just ask at the desk).
If you fit the criteria, have an uncomplicated 20 week morphology ultrasound, and are lucky you will be chosen and a midwife will be allocated to you.
So, don't delay. The earlier you put your name on the list, the more likely you will gain a place.
Alternatively, you can hire a private midwife that has visiting rights to the hospital. Locally there are My Midwives, Nurture Your Birth and Lockyer Valley Midwivery.
I was fortunate to be given a place on the program for my first pregnancy. I had an amazing midwife and developed a great relationship with her. I went on to birth my son in the birth centre and had an amazing experience. Overall, I loved my experience and couldn't fault the care. You can read more about my birth story here.
Tune in for my next blog about your alternative pregnancy care options available in Toowoomba.
For more Information:
Friends of the Birth Centre Toowoomba