Meet the Midwives Pregnancy Lounge
At the Expo you now have greater access to qualified Midwives who are experts in their field and will be able to assist with your pregnancy, birth or newborn care related questions.
Discover how you can have a healthy pregnancy and a great birth. Chat to experienced midwives from Midwives Australia and Essential Birth Consulting who will listen to your concerns and share their expertise with you. A great resource centre for all things pregnancy, birth and newborn, the midwives can also help you find local midwifery services to meet your needs.
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Midwifery is a health care profession in which providers offer care to childbearing women during their pregnancy, labour and birth, and during the postpartum period. They also care for the newborn through to six weeks of age, including assisting with breastfeeding.
Midwives strive to help women to have a healthy pregnancy and natural birth experience and are trained to recognise and deal with deviations from the normal (such as births where the baby is in a posterior position, does not move down into the pelvis well or where the woman is particularly fearful of giving birth).
Midwives Australia evolved as a result of the Federal Government legislative changes for private midwifery practice. Eligible midwives now have access to a Medicare Provider Number enabling women to seek a rebate for their care. Midwives Australia is a not-for-profit organisation supporting midwives through these changes with practical hands on initiatives, programs and resources.
Midwives Australia will also have a Pregnancy Babies & Children's Empathy Vest available for expectant fathers to try out - it's a great way for them to gain an insight into how heavy a preggie belly can be and how hard it is to manouvre with all of that weight!
Haven't heard of an Empathy Vest? Click here to check out Stevie Jacobs from Channel 9's Today Show, who trialled one at a previous Expo.
We have 32 of them nationally in leading hospitals, as an aid to help expectant Dads get an insight into the physical experiences of pregnancy - so you might also be able to experience one in an antenatal class too.
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