Lets look at the big picture
Before we get to the role of each individual clinician in the delivery suite. Lets talk more broadly about the larger healthcare system in Australia and the different choices you have.
The biggest question to ask yourself is – private health? Or public health? There are many pro’s and con’s and question’s you need to ask yourself when deciding between both options.
In this video Donna (our midwife) and Dr Anneliese (Obs/Gynae) summarise the main differences for you.
What is your role?
Lets start with the most important one…You!
You are the patient, its your care and your baby. All the clinicians during labour want to provide you the most personalised care to help you have the best birthing experience possible. So your biggest role is helping the clinicians understand your unique circumstances and requirements.
Only once they know this can they advocate for your needs and provide you the best care possible. So in your appointments don’t be afraid to speak up, you’re not weird, afraid or putting them out. Believe me, they have heard and seen it all before and they want to give you the best birthing experience.
What about midwives and doctors?
Depending on your situation, you may spend most of your pregnancy with your midwife, GP, gynaecologist or obstetrician. And they are your mentor, advocate and guide.
But when you are in the birthing suite in labour, what are the different roles there often we see midwives and obs/gynae. What are their roles? Why do we need both?
You get the bill from them, but what does the anaesthetist do for you during birth?
Sometimes you may also need an anaesthetist. Say, what? Another doctor? Anaesthetist area of specialty is on pain and medication management.
But don’t be put off, be rest assured, it is still all your decision about how all these things happen. Watch Donna and Nathan speak about consent and how you are very much in control of your own destiny.
Dr Nathan also speaks about some great strategies to over come anxiety or hesitation about medication during childbirth. It is your body and your care, make sure they care caring for your health – whether that is emotional, physical or mental health. You aren’t putting them out, that is their job.
There’s a bit more to anaesthesiology than I thought, even the sneaky photographer role:)
what about when you are home alone?
You have so many clinicians during labour, but then after that – suddenly, you are on your own!
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But we don’t just track, we also provide insights and advice from clinicians (just like those you have see above) right when you need them. It’s almost like having a virtual midwife with you the whole time.
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Disclaimer: This article is for general information only and not intended as a substitute for medical advice. All information provided on this website is not intended to diagnose or prescribe. In all health-related matters we recommend consulting with your local healthcare professional