So you have made the decision to set up a private midwifery practice. Fantastic! Choosing to be a private practicing midwife may well be one of your most rewarding career moves. Shaking off the bonds of a hospital role can allow you to provide continuity of care for women, and implement practices that support choice, dignity and control for mothers.
However like all good things, these freedoms come at a cost. Setting up a private midwifery practice carries with it very real financial, physical, and logistical issues that your hospital-based counterparts do not face. However most private midwives would agree that the hardships they endure are far outweighed by the rewards. This section of our website aims to assist you in negotiating the perils and pitfalls of setting up a private midwifery practice.
We welcome your suggestions for inclusion in this section of our site. Please email your submissions to Jane
Private Midwifery Practice Resources
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.
Midwives @ Sydney and Beyond: A private midwifery group practice going strong one year on
Upon graduating from Midwifery in early 2009, after a very hard year training in hospital, I set out to do what I had planned from the beginning, set up business as a private midwife and attend women choosing to birth at home.
I am often asked what I have in my midwifery kit so I thought I would post a list to assist midwives entering into private midwifery practice, to consider the items you might like to include in your kits.
Midwifery Documentation and Forms
Obtaining the required documentation and forms as a privately practicing midwife in Australia can be confusing. I have added this resource page to help you navigate through the various organisations to enable you to obtain the required documentation.