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Midwifery@Home

After the birth of your baby, Westmead Women’s and Newborn Health provides midwifery care within your home with the Midwifery@Home service. Midwifery@Home is staffed by a team of experienced registered midwives who provide postnatal care for women who live within the Parramatta, Holroyd and Baulkham Hills local government areas.

Postnatal care in your own home provides you and your baby with many health benefits including establishing breastfeeding as well as recovering in a restful environment. Returning to your home with continued midwifery supports you to learn more about parenting your baby.

Who is eligible for Midwifery@Home?

All women who birth at Westmead are able to ask for Midwifery@Home. Women returning to an address outside the Westmead local government areas will be referred to their local hospital's community midwifery program. If they are unable to accept the referral, you will be offered an outpatient visit at Westmead or a phone consultation. 

How soon can I go home?

You may choose to return home within hours after the birth of your baby with planned support and care provided by our Midwifery@Home service. For women who are healthy and well, this is an opportunity to settle into parenthood in the comfort of your own home and be together with your family. For women who have had a caesarean birth, you may request to be discharged before 48 hours after birth, with a medical assessment from Westmead’s obstetric doctors.

What can you expect from us?

Our midwives will provide you support and information for you to make decisions about appropriate care for you and your baby. Each family is given individual care. Midwives will provide you with education about feeding, settling your baby and caring for yourself.

When is the service available?

Midwifery@Home offers a seven-day a week service. Our service may include follow up by telephone or visits to the home environment for the first week after the birth. The visit will occur sometime between 9am and 4pm however there is no set arrival time.  The midwife will be with you for 40-60 minutes. Individual needs or requests will be assessed by the visiting midwife together with you and your family.

What can you do to help us?

  • please ensure the midwife knows the address and telephone numbers of where you live or where you will be staying when you leave the hospital
  • let your midwife know if you will not be at home on the day your visit is due
  • we will ask you some questions about accessing your home. Please advise our service of any difficulties in locating your home
  • ensure your home is a safe workplace for our midwives by refraining from smoking, and by securing any animals and/or weapons.

 

Caring for your documents

You may be given hospital documents to pass onto the midwife on discharge from the hospital. Please keep these important documents in your baby’s Personal Health Record.

Is there a fee involved?

Our Midwifery@Home Service is provided free to Medicare Card holders. For women without Medicare, each visit and any related services such as interpreters and pathology will be charged separately.
Following the birth of your baby and on your return home your midwife will give advice regarding support services, including Child & Family Health Services.
Refer to your baby’s personal Health Record for additional support and advisory services contact telephone numbers.

"Midwives will provide you with education about feeding, settling and caring for your body and your baby"