Our team of experienced midwives provide you with the benefit of their collective expertise.
Having a baby is special and exciting and one of the most wonderful experiences of your life. It is also a time when you will have many questions and support will be important to you. At Eve Health you will have access to both your obstetrician and our Eve Health midwives for your antenatal and postnatal care.
We feel that establishing a relationship with a known midwife as well as your obstetrician provides an integrated approach to your pregnancy, birth and beyond. Holistic, women-centred care recognises the impact your mind, spirit, as well as your physical health has on your pregnancy and birth experience. Experiencing support and input from different women’s health disciplines ensures we are promoting your emotional well-being.
As part of our standard antenatal schedule, we offer approximately 12-13 appointments with your obstetrician, and 2 appointments with a midwife who will compliment your obstetric appointments. We have 3 midwives at Eve Health – Laurie, Paula and Jean, who between them cover Monday to Friday.
The antenatal appointments are between 30 – 45 minutes in length and cover common pregnancy concerns, diet, exercise, antenatal education options, birth preparation, social networking and an opportunity to answer any questions or concerns about “what is normal”. We encourage you to book your initial midwife appointment between 16-18 weeks. By this stage most women have not felt their baby’s movements yet, so the heartbeat is also heard at this session. It is also an ideal time for our midwives and you to get to know each other. The midwife appointments are longer in duration than your obstetrician appointments, so many women like to use this time to ask lots of questions.
A second midwife appointment in your third trimester can be booked for birth preparation (Birth plans, TENS education and hire, antenatal expression of colostrum, blood pressure measurement, an opportunity to discuss mental health in pregnancy). You can however, make an appointment with an Eve Health midwife anytime during your pregnancy. Our midwives have had years of experience working in the birthing units of maternity hospitals around Australia and some continue to work at Mater Mothers’ Private Hospital here in Brisbane. They are passionate about preparing new families for the transition to parenthood. In addition to these routine midwifery visits, our midwives are available for phone advice, and pathology and scan results.
At Eve Health, we recommend a postnatal visit at two to three weeks with one of our midwives. In these early days, they can help you feel confident navigating your new role as a mother and guide experienced mums with the new dynamic of another baby. This is also a great time to learn more about our Eve Health Mother’s Group and paediatric first aid courses.
Below is a summary of what you can expect during your midwife appointment:
- General discussion of common pregnancy concerns and expectations for each trimester, questions are encouraged;
- Blood pressure check;
- A review of pathology results;
- Discussion about getting know your baby’s movements – what to expect as the pregnancy progresses;
- Information/education on late stage pregnancy, labour and birth – what to expect and normalising the process for both partners;
- Mental health support – we can offer a safe environment to discuss coping strategies with anxiety or stress in pregnancy, as well as help with referral pathways;
- Abdominal palpation – we can check baby’s position and listen to your baby’s heartbeat with a Doppler;
- If required, we can:
- Provide additional information tailored to any medical complications in pregnancy such as gestational diabetes or anti-coagulopathy administration education
- Administer Anti-D injections;
- Help you develop a birth plan;
- Measure you for compression stockings (for travel or varicose veins), or SRC garments for pelvic discomfort or varicose veins in pregnancy, or for recovery support after the birth;
- Provide breastfeeding preparation and advice on additional supports or online resources. We are happy to help teach you the skill of antenatal expressing of colostrum after 36 weeks, and provide you with appropriate milk syringes;
- Arrange hiring of a TENS machine and education – we’ll show you how it works, how to set it up and how to achieve optimal pain relief.
Your postnatal appointment with your baby (usually 2- 3 weeks after the birth)
- A longer appointment of 45 minutes duration;
- Birth talk – lots of time to debrief and understand any variations from your birth plan that you may have experienced;
- Blood pressure check;
- Physical exam of mother and baby;
- Discussion about how feeding is going, and able to troubleshoot or refer to Lactation Consultants if required;
- We will weigh baby so bring along your red book!
- Listen to parents – are there any concerns you have about the transition to parenting, worries about newborn?
- Mental health check-in for both partners – how are you adjusting to parenthood, do you have any concerns about your emotional health and well-being? Discussion about signs to look out for that may indicate postnatal depression and/or anxiety, and who to contact for help;
- Support and education on normal newborn behaviour and patterns.
Our midwives are all very experienced and love to cuddle babies! Please note all midwives are up to date with their flu and whooping cough vaccines.
Did you know?
All of our midwives are experienced childbirth and early parenting educators and can cater to all of your educational needs either one to one or in a small group setting.
Jean, Paula and Laurie are all mothers themselves, with children ranging between the ages of 3 and 15 years, so they also have a wealth of personal experience to compliment their professional knowledge.