What is a Birth Centre (BC)?
A Birth Centre is a home-like maternity care environment.You can expect to walk into a less hospitalized, more communal environment, with toys for children, books to browse or borrow and your midwife greeting you not in a uniform. There is a communal kitchen for you to make a cuppa, or when you are staying the hospital – make some toast or bring your own food and keep it in the fridge.
The birth rooms all have double beds, birthing baths and ensuite bathrooms. The rooms are spacious, filled with natural light and yet are able to be dimmed for your comfort. iPod docks, oil burners, labour/birth aides and other niceties are usually readily available to all women who plan to birth in a Birth Centre.
In the ACT both our BC’s are within our 2 public hospitals and you are in a continuity of care relationship with a known midwife from one the public continuity programs available through both hospitals.
Why choose a Birth Centre?
Typically families who birth in the BC have shorter hospital stays (home within 24 hours, unless needing to stay), aim to have a non-medicalised pregnancy and birth, and would like to stay in a more home-like environment versus a hospital like environment.
What are your options for maternity care in Canberra ?
Note: this is an overview and you need to contact the individual hospitals to discuss your options
- Centenary Hospital for Women and Children Public (Woden)
- Antenatal Clinic
- Continuity of Care at Canberra Hospital (CaTCH) Program (Midwifery led continuity of care – all risks)
- Canberra Midwifrey Program (CMP) (Midwifery led continuity of care – low risk)
- Calvary Hospital Public (Bruce)
- Antenatal Clinic
- Continuity of Midwifery Care at the Calvary Birth Centre (Midwifery lead continuity of care – low risk)
- Calvary Hospital Private (Bruce)
- John James Private (Deakin)
- Home Birth – please note that Home Birth is not publicly funded in the ACT, but there are some privately practicing midwives available to Canberra families