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Pregnancy Support Toowoomba

You are having a baby ….. what now?

Women now have more say over what they do in pregnancy, where they spend their labour, who is with them, what they do and the choices they have in caring for their baby.  With this freedom though comes intense feelings around wanting to ‘get it right’ – whatever that is.  Add in the internet and there is more information available and more options than women can often deal with.

For most women the best start is to find someone to provide care, information and support who can be you source of information.  Having one person as your care giver for pregnancy, birth and the first weeks of mothering is more and more possible, no matter where you are and what your circumstances are than ever before.  Most hospitals, public and private, have options to have either your own midwife or doctor for pregnancy care and to have that same person available for you in labour and in the first weeks after birth.  In the public hospital system these are referred to as ‘caseload’ models where there is one midwife assigned to you, or ‘team’ models where a small group of people are allocated to care for you.  In the private system your care can come from a private obstetrician or, in a new option, a private midwife, and you can employ your own midwife to be with you in the public hospital system.

The key is to find that person to be your trusted source of information.

Pregnancy support Toowoomba

Pregnancy Support Toowoomba

Once you are pregnant your next steps should include:

  • Go online, do a search for what is available in your area. Search terms such as ‘midwife’ ‘obstetrician’ ‘pregnancy care’ ‘postnatal care’ ‘midwife’ or ‘obstetrician’
  • Speak to your local hospitals, both public and private about what they offer. Do not fall into the trap of thinking that private or public care will be ‘better’ – it is like comparing a Mercedes to a BMW in some cases – because the options inside are different.  You may be able to be treated as a private patient in a public hospital and have more options available.
  • Speak to your GP, but not just your GP. Some GP’s have a very good understanding of all the options for care, but others do not.
  • Check out the ‘newer’ options – midwifery care with your own midwife has been shown by research to lead to better outcomes. Midwives liaise with obstetricians so even if your pregnancy is complicated having a midwife by your side could give you the support you need.

Once you have a few choices shop around.  Do not just go to one place and stick to it unless you are really sure.  It is an important decision – and should be based on not only the information the person gives and where they provide birth care, but also on their personality and how you feel when you talk to them.  Remember this is a special time, your care provider is there to give you confidence and support.

Written by Makayla McIntosh – My Midwives

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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