Whether you are a midwife already in private practice, or you are contemplating making the shift, this section of our site aims to offer you a broad range of midwifery resources to support all aspects of quality service provision. Currently under construction, we aim to offer in this section a comprehensive range of midwifery resources, including hard-to-find information. Our goal is to provide resources that support midwives in establishing a private practice, and in providing a comprehensive and high quality service to women and their babies.
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Midwifery articles, resources and stories
"Sarah had planned a home birth for her second baby; the birth of her first baby had taken place at the local primary unit and all went well. Sarah had commented antenatally that she would rather have this baby at home as she felt the constant interruptions at the primary unit made her labour so much longer." This article by Ruth Martis talks about Intermitten Auscultation.
Birthing in Water
"Birth in water is sometimes portrayed as a new-age hippy fad promoted by modern childbirth fundamentalists to push the boundaries of normal birth, but I see it as a small part of a much bigger and more sophisticated idea." This article originally published in Midwifery Matters explains all the details about birthing in water.
Women's Perceptions of Midwife Led Care
"The underpinning philosophy of the midwives working in the FBC is to empower women to make informed choices about their care, with a focus on enabling them to labour and birth with minimal intervention." This article, originally published in ‘Midwifery News', shows women's perceptions of midwife led care.
Day in the Life of an Independent Midwife
"The familiar jangle of the mobile at 3am woke me but not with a start as I had been expecting the call. I had received a text at 9.30pm giving me the heads up that things were happening. She was term plus 12 days and keen for labour to start, especially since it was a “super moon’ that night." This article by Sheryl Sidery tells the story of a day in the life of an independent midwife.
PBB Health Centre: A Medical and Midwifery Centre
"As business grew Pregnancy Birth and Beyond evolved in structure from a business name to an incorporated company in 2011. In March 2012 I decided to take a leap of faith and move my private midwifery practice and online business from my home and take over the lease of an operating medical centre in North Parramatta." This article by Jane Palmer tells the story of her business Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond, and hshowcases her current centre.
Midwifery Care has Better Outcomes for Mothers and Babies
"While the ‘place’ of midwives in child birth might be hotly debated by some, one thing is for certain – midwives are an integral part of labour and birth for most women in many countries of the world. In Australia if you choose a hospital birth, whether through the public or private system, your labour will be largely managed by midwives." This article talks about how pregnancies with midwifery care have better overall results for both mothers and babies.
Term Breech Trial
The art of breech vaginal delivery has in some places been lost through the headlong dash of many obstetricians to the comfort of caesarean delivery. In 2000, Hannah et al published the findings of a randomised multicentre trial into planned caesarean section versus planned vaginal birth for breech presentation at term. More than ten years on the’ Term Breech Trial’ remains a prime example of how evidence itself can be put on trial.
Home or Hospital? Is there a 'best' birthing option?
In this public lecture, one of ten in the 2012 UTSpeaks series, Professor Caroline Homer explores the history of birth and the debate that rages today in regards to the importance of birth place and practices, women’s rights to choose, and the politics that drive public policy.
According to a study published in the Medical Journal of Australia in 2009, private hospitals are safer than public hospitals for mothers and newborn babies. However in reviewing the research methodology utilised to reach this conclusion, clinicians and other researchers identified a number of flaws.
The politicisation of science: A critique of the South Australian Homebirth Paper and its portrayal in the media
Homebirth continues to incite powerful responses and passionate debate. In January 2010 the Medical Journal of Australia released a study about planned home and hospital births in South Australia occurring from 1991 to 2006. This article explores the resulting media frenzy and the true findings of the study,
Granny Smith – Not just about apples
The original Granny Smith was in fact more famous in her lifetime for being the local midwife than she was for her now internationally acclaimed green apples