What is the Role of a Midwife in Private Practice?

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Many people assume midwives only work in a hospital environment, either in labour wards, postnatal care or special care nurseries. However, midwives are becoming an integral part of private obstetric practices. In our practice we feel it is important to provide our patients with the service and experience that a midwife can offer and to assist all patients with their pre-natal and post-natal needs.

Midwife’s offer support and guidance during the process

Many midwives who have worked in public and/or private hospitals in either labour and postnatal areas have a wealth of experience and knowledge. Having gained their experience working in labour and postnatal wards for the majority of their careers, they understand that every woman, and pregnancy, is different. Midwives are an integral part of managing the process of pregnancy and birth, which provides patients with access to a wealth of wonderful support, advice and contacts.

This guidance and support allows new mums to feel more at ease during their pregnancy, with midwives answering all those pressing questions including: what do I take into hospital? What can I expect after childbirth? What pain relief can I take? Most importantly, midwives are able to be a general sounding board for advice and reassurance, from your first contractions through the requiring help when breastfeeding. They are a fountain of knowledge on the widespread resources available, such as private lactation consulting and pelvic floor Pilates, offering you many tips and advice to assist.

Dr Skinner’s experienced and helpful midwives

Our midwives are part of our maternity services, they are formally trained and undertake continual education and registration. In our practice we believe that the complimentary skills of an obstetrician and midwife are required to provide the best care for both mother and baby.

Midwives in some private practices, such as ours, can perform the routine antenatal visits, some ultrasound scans, organise caesarean sections, book procedures if required and are heavily involved and knowledgeable in the preparation for birth events on the big day. Our midwives always know where Guy is and will refer to him for any complex issues if they arise. You will get to know and trust the midwives during many months over the pregnancy.

Pregnancy and childbirth may be the most powerful life experience you undergo and reassurance can be vital to helping you feel comfortable and ensuring you the best preparation possible. Enquire with Dr Guy Skinner if you have any more questions about midwifery.

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