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    Default Cost of independent midwife?

    Hi there,

    We have just moved to Melbourne and are thinking about having a second baby. I am looking into having an independent midwife and wondered if anyone could recommend one in Melbourne? Also, what are the approximate costs of hiring an independent midwife and are any of these costs covered by Medicare?

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    Not sure of IM's im Melb, but a general cost is $4,000 though it does vary and sadly no, none is covered by Medicare, unless you're luck enough to get into one of the Government funded, Hospital run homebirth programs, though i'm not sure who (if anyone) does those in Melb.

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    An IM is considered an out on pocket medical expense so you get back some money at tax time (sure someone will be along tell you what the rate is). IM vary from $3500-$4000, but like the pp said you can birth with a free program, I had to pay $120 admin and $30 for a pool liner.

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    Hi there. What area in Melbourne are you in?

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    Hi there. Thanks for your responses. We are living in West Melbourne at the moment. I went through the Birth Centre in Canberra and really regret it. I found it to be a bit of a rogue organisation and not supportive or informative for first time mothers.

    Does anyone know whether any of the private hospitals run midwifery programs?

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    most of the privates are run by OB's

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    You can claim 20% back in your tax return as a "medical expense". This applies if your total med expenses for the year are over $1500, which of course a midwife generally is.

    You get payment plans too.... ours gets $2k straight up, then $1k halfway through, and $1k near the end.

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    I am in west Melbourne also. I have had 3 children. My last 2 I had through the Sunshine hospital. I only went to the hospital for the birth's pretty much. They have a brilliant midwife program. Do you live anywhere near Point Cook? i will tell more if this may be an option for you.

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    Hi Willpot. I just realised that you are in the city area so not sure if Sunshine is an option for you or not. They run a case load program for their midwives. Which for us meant that we could see our midwife at our local community health centre in Point Cook. It didn't cost anything as its a public hospital. I can not recommend them more. If you contact the hospital they might be able to tell you if there is a case load midwife near you. They will be with you from start to end. No ob's. Very natural, little intervention. I also was told they might be doing home births from Dec last year. Not sure if this has gone ahead or not. Some people i have heard didn't like their experience there but I have only heard this from people who went to the hospital for check up etc. and didnt see the same person.
    I only went to the hospital for GD test in 2nd pregnancy and then the birth, and for my 3rd child I was there once. I came home 4 hours after the birth and was visited at home by my midwife. Let me know if you would like more info. Hope this helps.

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    Hi Jojo,

    Thanks for the info! I think I am leaning towards a private hospital, ob and an independent midwife. I want someone that I can trust in terms of their expertise (ob), continuity of care (independent midwife) and a comfortable stay with assistance at hand before I go home to reality lol. I am still investigating though so thanks for your info.

    Natalie


 

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