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    Has anyone birthed there? What's the process to get in? What was your experience like?

    I'm not even pregnant yet but this is definitely where'd I like to give birth next time around.

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    It was absolutely amazing. I had my DD there in January and I had such a fantastic experience, the midwives were lovely and the rooms were cosy too. I had a water birth.

    Do you have any particular questions?

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    I had 2 of our 5 there and only have good things to say! Absolutely wonderful waterbirths with lovely midwives

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    Sorry, process to get in was a referral sent by my GP to the BC before 16 weeks.. From what I understand they take a limited number by a ballot.. There are certain restrictions, eg they only take low risk patients, no previous complications for previous births etc.

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    I have been fortunate enough to be accepted in to the midwife programme both times, like a pp said you need a gp referral and to be low risk, there is a fact sheet available.

    Good luck!

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    I would really like a water birth next time around. My pregnancy and birth with dd were both complication free and fairly easy (birthed just using gas) I live closer towards Ipswich would that be a problem getting in? We are currently ttc so if I fall pregnant do I just say to my doctor I want a referral to the RBWH birthing centre?

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    There is no catchment area for the birth centre (although some doctors will lead you to believe there is.) Just ask your doctor to fax a referral to the hospital and ask him/her to state clearly "Birth Centre Care Requested." I would ring the birth centre afterwards too to make sure they received it. If you don't get in on the first ballot, there is still a chance of getting in later (as some people unfortunately have to drop out due to becoming high risk.)

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    I believe they have a catchment so you do need to be living within that area (I can't be sure what it is). I had to send in proof of my address with my identification. It doesn't hurt to ask? Maybe if you see a GP within the catchment area they could refer you?


    The Mater Hospital also has a pool but you are only able to labour in it not birth, but I heard that may be changing. Not 100% sure on that though.

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    I just had a bub at the gold coast, but was told I was ineligible for the birth centre due to my address as midwives come to your home after birth to care for bubs and they had a catchment area around the hosp.

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