Frequently Asked Questions
Does Medicare cover any of the costs for Private Midwifery care?
Most Australian women are Medicare eligible and if you are Medicare eligible, Medicare will cover a portion of your care. The amount will vary according to your individual circumstances, based on whether or not you have a healthcare card, where you are at with your family safety net and also Extended Safety Net.
We are happy to discuss a payment plan for anyone who has difficulty from a financial perspective as we do not want cost to be prohibitive if you wish to have Embrace Midwifery providing your care.
What if there is a problem with my pregnancy?
At any time during your care if your midwife suspects something out of the ordinary, has any concerns or you are worried, you will be referred to the appropriate expert, this may be your GP, an obstetrician, pediatrician or other relevant specialist. Our midwives have positive relationships with health professionals in differing modalities and we want the best care for you and your baby every step of the way.
Will my private health fund cover any of the costs?
Private Health Funds must provide at least 25% of the scheduled fee for in hospital care under the Health Insurance Act. Additionally there are health funds which will cover other midwifery services including pregnancy and will also pay for more out of pocket costs around your birth care. It will depend on which health fund and the level of cover you have as to what you will receive from your fund. Some health funds will contribute to the costs of a home birth, please check with your fund as to what they cover.
Can I have a water birth?
All our midwives are accredited to provide water immersion for pain relief and also offer water birth. However, not all facilities offer the option of water immersion so it will depend on the facility where you are birthing as to whether or not water birth is an option for you.
Do I need a referral?
You do not need a referral to see a midwife at Embrace Midwifery.
Where can I birth my baby?
At Embrace Midwifery we believe where you birth your baby is an important decision but there are many factors that may impact on this choice including the facilities you would like to access during birth.Our midwives are happy to work with you and any other medical practitioners you would like to involve to try to accommodate all choices.
Why Should I choose Embrace Midwifery for my care?
Choosing your caregiver is one of the most important decisions you will make for your pregnancy, birth and your journey into parenthood. Women often feel that they must choose an obstetrician for their care and some women do need to have obstetric care during pregnancy but all women have a midwife providing their care during labour – whether their labour is attended by a medical practitioner or not. The difference in choosing Embrace Midwifery means that you know the midwife who will be caring for you in labour. It is crucial that women and their family are surrounded by supportive, knowledgeable, friendly, caring faces and service providers throughout the pregnancy, birth and beyond. We know that in choosing Embrace Midwifery you will be supported by midwives who you know during the important times of your pregnancy, birth and post birth period and you will also have the care of medical practitioners whenever you need or want it.
Embrace Midwifery sees women from all walks of life, women who require different types of care, women who make a variety of choices and women with pregnancies of varying risk factors. Our midwives can see you for all or some of your care and we are happy to work in collaboration with your General Practitioner (GP) or obstetrician if you wish to share your care.