Pregnancy & Birthing

Woman Centered Birthing

Strength – Breath – Trust – Open – Love – Life

We are three female GP Obstetricians passionate about providing respectful woman centred care. With 35 years of birthing work  between us, we have broad experience and deep understanding of natural labour and vaginal birth. We work with experienced midwives at Castlemaine Health to support women in their birth choices. We provide a continuity of care model, where women and their partners are supported through the antenatal, birth and postnatal period by the same practitioners.

This model of care has been shown to provide the best outcomes for mothers and babies.
Feedback consistently shows high levels of satisfaction from families who have birthed at Castlemaine Health.

Castlemaine Health Birthing Unit has two main birthing rooms, with a double bed, en-suite and views over the Botanical Gardens. We do not have epidurals or caesarians, but we do have a bath and shower (with hot water that never runs out). Castlemaine Health is a public hospital. Medicare covers all costs for the birth and postnatal care.

Antenatal consultations take place at Mostyn Street Clinic and attract a gap fee (Bulk Billed for concession card holders).

MATERNITY SERVICE REOPENS

Castlemaine Health Maternity Services

Castlemaine Health Maternity Services offers local pregnancy, labour and birth and early parenting care for healthy women with normal pregnancies. They also work with Bendigo Health, the regional health service, to support local women and babies who need more specialist care.

Castlemaine Health’s team of four midwives offer Midwifery Group Practice or caseload midwifery care. One midwife will care for you throughout your pregnancy, labour and birth and early parenting. The Midwifery Group Practice midwives will be on-call 24 hours a day for your labour and birth, and to help you with urgent concerns.

Midwives work closely with a team of local GP obstetricians who provide on-call care 24/7 if required, and the regional health service, Bendigo Health.

Shared care, where you have some of your pregnancy care visits with your midwife and some with your GP, is also available. Your GP will need to be a Castlemaine Health accredited GP.
To find out more visit www.castlemainehealth.org.au/maternity/

journey to the wild depths of motherhood

I breathed, embraced,

held you within my womb

not held with hands

that may squeeze or loosen their grip

held you with every organ of my body
caressed you with my pain

as I laboured and you birthed

then held you in gentleness

in my arms

in my heart

in the depth of my inspiration
and release of breath

 

a mother’s embrace

the meeting, the wonder

the mystery of birth

a mystery both ending and beginning

who is this child,

who has come to join the family?

 

Dr Veronica Moule