Midwifery Group Practices
Sometimes known as ‘Caseload Midwifery’, Midwifery Group Practice (MGP) enables women to be cared for by the same midwife (primary midwife) supported by a small group of midwives throughout their pregnancy, during childbirth and in the early weeks at home with a new baby. Midwifery care focuses on women’s individual needs, or ‘woman centred care‘.
There are a growing number of Midwifery Group Practices in Australia. Midwifery Group Practice may offer a range of options to women:
- Continuity of carer with one or two midwives
- Full pregnancy care
- On call for women in labour and birth
- Birth centre births
- Postnatal care for six weeks
Most midwifery group practice are in public hospitals however there are a growing number which are private. Public hospitals often screen women for health risks before they are able to access the midwifery model of care. They may also be bound by geographical areas or limits on numbers. Both public and private group practices work with doctors including obstetricians when required.
Midwives Australia is focused on assisting midwives to establish midwifery group practice either as private practitioners or in public health services.