Water Birth is for Whales and Dolphins, not Babies

Water Birth is for Whales and Dolphins, not Babies

This is a comment I still hear lamented in a birthing suite by Doctors and Midwives in spite of the research and evidence documented for years now (by experts like Michel Odent and Barbara Harper).  Waterbirth is simple, yet the birth of a baby in water brings a complexity of questions, choices, opinions, research data, […]

Private Midwifery – Hospital or Homebirth on the Sunshine Coast?

Private Midwifery – Hospital or Homebirth on the Sunshine Coast?

Deciding whether to have a hospital or homebirth on the Sunshine Coast?  Whatever you decide, a private midwife can help you to plan for a wonderful labour, birth and post-natal period – and to be with you every step of the way. In this post we discuss why the location of your birth is not a […]

5 Surprising Things I learned about Being a Midwife

5 Surprising Things I learned about Being a Midwife

I love being a midwife.  And mostly, I don’t think my job is unusual.  I know it is an extraordinary privilege to be with women and their families during one of the most intimate moments or journeys of their lives. But I don’t think that translates to what I do as being extraordinary…except, every now […]

10 Home Birth Tips for a Hospital Birth

10 Home Birth Tips for a Hospital Birth

If you are planning to birth in a hospital, you might be surprised what you can learn from a homebirth, even if not birthing at home.   Here are 10 “homebirth” tips that can help to empower your hospital birth.      #1  Get a midwife Private Midwives in Australia are gradually being given visiting rights […]

Empowerment in Birth – Thoughts from a Midwife on International Women’s Day 2013

Empowerment in Birth – Thoughts from a Midwife on International Women’s Day 2013

In early 2013, I was invited to speak at International Women’s Day in Darwin – a complete honour.    The theme of the day was Empowerment in Birth. I nearly said no because of my own fear of public speaking.   I had to dive deep to find my own strength, to overcome my own […]

Homebirth on the Sunshine Coast – Where do I start?

Homebirth on the Sunshine Coast – Where do I start?

Where do you start with Homebirth?  Although we are based on the Sunshine Coast (Australia), the questions asked by parents are the same regardless of where you live!   In this post, we take a look at how to get started on a journey towards Homebirth.  As with all major decisions, the decision about where […]

How Much Does a Home Birth Cost – What do you need to know?

How Much Does a Home Birth Cost – What do you need to know?

Without a doubt, one of the most common questions asked of a Private Midwife is about Home Birth.  On the Sunshine Coast we often get asked about Home Births.  What does it involve?  Is it safe?  How much does it cost? In this series of posts, we are going to examine some of the many […]

Sunshine Coast Midwifery Practice Reveals Stunning Birth Statistics

Sunshine Coast Midwifery Practice Reveals Stunning Birth Statistics

When we established our Private Sunshine Coast Midwifery Practice we knew we were establishing something pretty special.  “Know Your Midwife” has grown over 3 yrs  and the Circle of Care program has blossomed in its first year. So what has happened in a year? A lot. And a lot we can be proud of.  Because, […]

Best Practice Maternity Care is Continuity of Midwifery Care

Best Practice Maternity Care is Continuity of Midwifery Care

What is Best Practice in Midwifery Care? On the Sunshine Coast, at Know Your Midwife, we are living and breathing best practice maternity care every day. It’s called “Continuity of Midwifery Care” or quite simply:  Knowing Your Midwife.

Questions to Ask When Selecting Your Private Midwife

Questions to Ask When Selecting Your Private Midwife

You’re doing the right thing by interviewing midwives to find the right one for your birthing experience, but just what questions are important to ask…and why?