Choosing your health care provider for birth is so important and should be high on your priorities along with childbirth education.
Obstetricians are highly trained and specialists in surgical procedures.
They would be the first to admit that when it comes to “normal birth” then the experts in this area are midwives.
Midwives are highly trained professionals when it comes to normal birth.
Just because you have private health care, doesn’t mean that you have to book in with an Obstetrician and it doesn’t mean that you are going to get the best outcomes by having one.
If you do not have any medical conditions and you are considered low risk then the Community Midwifery Program, Family Birth Centre, Home Birth or even a Privately Practising Midwife would be far more beneficial than having an Obstetrician.
Don’t forget to include Doula Support Services as well.
To find a private midwife in WA: CLICK HERE
To find a doula anywhere in Australia: CLICK HERE
Nobody can predict the outcome of your birth, but with preparation, education, and research you can give yourself the very best chance of a “normal birth” if that is what you want.
My suggestion is to book in for childbirth education such as Hypnobirthing, rather than spending hours on choosing a pram (which you can always take back), so you can learn all about your birth and take the fear out of making choices for you and your baby.
A good documentary to watch is The Face of Birth – the importance of choice in pregnancy and childbirth.
CLICK HERE to watch a short preview:
Funnily enough, there are Obstetricians out there that totally agree and say that midwives are indeed the experts in normal birth.
Here is what one Obstetrician had to say ….
It is your body, your baby and your choice.
There are so many birthing options in Western Australia that are overlooked or not suggested to women when they confirm their pregnancy. Many are automatically referred to a private Obstetrician and not given all the options that are available to them.
In Western Australia you can keep up to date with all the pregnancy and birth statistics from the WA Mother & Babies Report – but again this report is always a couple of years behind so keep that in mind.
CLICK HERE for the WA Mothers & Babies Summary Report
You can also look at the statistics across Australia that are a little more up to date.
CLICK HERE for the Australian Institute of Health & Welfare (AIHW) Mother’s & Babies Report.
Thanks to Pip Wynn Owen from Birth Savvy for doing up this great reference chart on the caesarean rates here in Perth from the latest report (shared with permission).
You can read the Birth Savvy article as well CLICK HERE
Keep in mind that the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that Caesarean rates should be between 10%-15%.
So, what is going on with so many caesareans?
These days it is so very important for women to be informed, educated and confident if they are pursuing a physiological, undisturbed birth, particularly if they are birthing in a private hospital with a private Obstetrician.
You can gain confidence, knowledge and tools and techniques by attending one of my childbirth education classes, so you can make informed choices.
My name is Vicki Hobbs, and I am a Childbirth Educator (Back to Basics Birthing), Hypnobirthing Australia Practitioner, Certified VBAC Educator, Remedial Massage Therapist specialising in Pregnancy & Postpartum Massage, Birth & Postpartum Doula, Certified Placenta Encapsulator, Hypnotherapist, Aromatherapist, Reiki Practitioner and Life Coach. I am a serial workshopper and learner, so that I keep up to date with new research and information so that I can provide you with up-to-date resources. My focus has always been on the mind, the body, and the emotions and how they all need to be in balance for harmony. You can subscribe to my newsletter by adding your details in the box on the right-hand side and when you do I will send you a free relaxation meditation to help you feel calm and relaxed. I am based in the northern suburbs of Perth and can be contacted by email at [email protected] or click here to go back to my Resources Page for more interesting articles, information, and birth stories.