Local Birth Choices

Choosing a model of care (PDF)

There are many options for child birth in the Illawarra.
Below is a brief description of the kinds of care you can get.

Private Midwifery Care

You choose a midwife who cares for you throughout your pregnancy, during labour, birth and after your baby is born.
This is known as continuity of care with a known midwife. Currently no public funding but some costs maybe covered under private health insurance. 

Midwifery Group Practice at Wollongong Hospital

You are assigned a midwife who cares for you throughout your pregnancy, during labour, birth and after your baby is born. This is known as continuity of care with a known midwife.
There are only about 360 places available at Wollongong Hospital per year. Places fill up quickly as there is a high demand for this service. Wollongong has no birth centre so the birth suite is a medical setting. This is care fully publicly funded. Contact Wollongong Hospital Maternity Service.

  • Midwifery Group Practice Outcomes 2008 (PDF)
  • This is a report compiled by the MGP, which details the outcomes of the births that they attend. It includes vaginal birth rates, c-section rates, breastfeeding outcomes, etc.

    Homebirth Service at Wollongong Hospital

    This service is an extension of the existing Wollongong Hospital Midwifery Group Practice (MGP), which is a caseload midwifery program. Homebirth will be available as a birthing option to women who are accepted into the Midwifery Group Practice, and meet the eligible criteria.
    Since the existing MGP is already oversubscribed, women who are interested in this service need to book in very early to be sure of a place. This service has been modelled from the existing St George Hospital Homebirth Service.

    Midwives Clinic at Wollongong Hospital

    You see the midwives rostered on for you pregnancy, midwives attend your labour, birth and care for you after the baby is born. You don't usually see the same midwife for your care and you will have a different midwife for the labour/birth and after the baby is born. This is fully publicly funded. Contact Wollongong Hospital Maternity Service

    Shared Care at Wollongong Hospital

    You see the midwives at the Midwives Clinic and your own General Practitioner during your pregnancy then birth etc as per the Midwives Clinic. Publicly funded with some extra fees if your GP does not bulk bill. Contact Wollongong Hospital Maternity Service

    Private Obstetric care.

    Pregnancy care by an obstetrician of your choice or referral . Labour / birth with a midwife, Obstetrician present for birth. Care after you baby is born by midwives. Choice of Wollongong or Figtree Private hospital for your birth. See phone book. Some public funding but other costs such as the Obstetrician labour management fees and fees for each antenatal appointment with the Obstetician, part of which can be redeemed under medicare. Private hospital costs can be redeemed under private health insurance. Referral from a General Pracitioner.

    Can I have a home birth?

    Midwives in private practice and any midwives working as the primary carer in hospitals use the Australian College of Midwives Consultation and Referral Guidelines that have been endorsed by the Obstetric profession. These set out strict guidelines for Consultation and Referral which suggest the referral protocols for risk factors.

    Most private midwives see birth as a natural, life changing event not an illness so it is unlikely that you would be "excluded". In fact if you have risk factors continuity of care - that is seeing the same midwife throughout your pregnancy is likely to lead to a better outcome than seeing many different people in the medical model of care.