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King Edward Memorial Hospital

Referral to the Family Birth Centre

The Family Birth Centre offers midwifery-led care in a home like maternity unit co-located with King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEMH).

All midwives working in the Birth Centre are highly skilled and experienced and provide all care throughout the pregnancy, birth and postnatal continuum.

The Birth Centre model provides continuity of care for all women by a primary named midwife who works as part of a Group Practice (6-7 midwives per group). Midwives will refer women for a consultant opinion within KEMH if there is a deviation from normal, as well as other allied health professionals, including social work, clinical psychology and physiotherapy, should the need arise.

Differences between the Family Birth Centre and KEMH include:

  • No restriction on visiting times and numbers of visitors
  • Partners can stay overnight (if applicable)
  • Continuity of care with named midwives
  • Epidural is not available, however, we offer most of the other pain relief options
  • Early discharge, length of postnatal stay 4 hours following a vaginal birth provided clinically appropriate
  • Waterbirth is available
  • More than two support people can be present during labour and birth

Who can attend?

Attendance is restricted to 60-70 women due in any given calendar month; therefore, referring early in pregnancy is preferred to avoid disappointment.

Once an application is received, an appointment to attend an Early Pregnancy Session may be required. A woman's first visit to the Family Birth Centre is usually at 15 - 20 weeks.

Women are required to be considered 'low risk' at booking. The Birth Centre is unable to accept women who have had a previous caesarean section or a pre-pregnancy BMI of over 35. Please refer to exclusion criteria for further details.

Antenatal Screening tests to be arranged by your GP

  • Routine antenatal investigations at the first antenatal visit:
    • FBP and Iron Studies
    • Blood Group and Antibody Screening
    • Syphilis serology
    • Rubella Titre (even if previously immune)
    • Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV serology
    • Chlamydia screening
    • Vitamin D screening
    • Midstream Urine
  • Additional investigations if indicated/at risk:
    • Haemoglobinopathy screening including sickle cell anaemia and Thalassaemia
    • Pap smear
  • All women should be counselled and offered First Trimester Screening at 11-13 weeks or Maternal Serum Screening at 15-17 weeks for fetal chromosomal abnormalities
  • Fetal anatomy ultrasound at 19 weeks

To ensure a prompt service please fax referral with blood results/scan reports with an application form directly to the Family Birth Centre: (08) 6458 1806.

For any further queries regarding the Family Birth Centre, please contact (08) 6458 1800 8.00am - 4.00pm Monday to Friday.


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