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Congratulations! You’ve just found out you’re pregnant… So now what?!

The good news is that giving birth in Australia is generally safe wherever you choose to have your baby. The first thing you need to determine is whether you’re going to have your baby using private health care or public health care because this is likely to affect the setting you give birth in.

Children and Babies – Birthing Options
It’s important that you and your partner have all the information you need to make an informed decision about where you will give birth. You will also need to consult you private health fund or ask the centres if they are Medicare-funded.
Children and Babies – Midwife Contact Details
If you have a straightforward pregnancy and both you and the baby are well, you might choose to give birth at home. If you give birth at home you should be supported by a registered independent midwife, doctor or obstetrician who will be with you while you are in labour. If you need help or if your labour is not
Children and Babies – Birth Centre Contact Details
Midwifery units of birth centres are options for women with normal or low-risk pregnancies. They are usually more comfortable and homely than the maternity unit of a hospital. There is a big demand for places in a birth centre so book in as
Children and Babies – Hospital Contact Details
Most women give birth in a hospital maternity unit. If you choose to give birth in hospital you’ll be looked after by midwives but doctors will be available if you need their help. You’ll still have choices about the kind of care you have.

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