I'm pregnant, now what? Are there things that I should do or must do or should avoid doing? So many things to think about!
If you planned your pregnancy you may have done some research already or asked your friends without trying to be really obvious!
One of the first things that might run through your mind is 'Who do I want to care for me? Who is on my team?'
Something that might be a consideration is whether you have private health insurance or not. If you do have private health insurance, do you want to use it?
What things are important to you? Location of the hospital? Type of hospital? Do they offer the type of birth that you're interested in? Home birth? Water birth?
Do you need or want an obstetrician? Do you always have a midwife? What about my GP?
The answer to these questions may vary from state to state and country to country.
One thing to keep in mind is that according to research, continuity of care by a known midwife, regardless of whether the pregnancy is high or low risk, is associated with fewer interventions and at least comparable adverse outcomes than women participating in other models of care. Women also experienced greater satisfaction with their care!
If you'd like to hear a little more about models of care available in Australia or would like to know what questions to start thinking about, check out this fabulous podcast! (https://www.vanrowe.com.au/podcast/episode/e1055c7f/5-pregnancy-care-options)
Article written by Hello Baby Midwifery