Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a visit by a Midwife or the visit I will receive from CAYHS
(Child and Youth Health)

Every woman who births her baby in South Australia is entitled to a visit by a Child and Youth Health nurse at 2-4 weeks postnatal. A visit with the Midwife from Blissful Beginnings is an extra home visiting service offered to women. As a registered Eligible Midwife, I will be able to provide breastfeeding assistance, wound care, prescriptions if necessary and act as your health practitioner during the first 6 weeks of the postnatal period.

If you received your pregnancy and labour care through one of the Doctors at Attunga Obstetrics and Gynecology, I will be able to liaise with your Obstetrician and together we will be able to provide you support and care postnatal as apart of your entire pregnancy, labour and postnatal experience.

Do I really need a Midwife home visit?

In one word, Yes! As a Midwife and a mother of two boys, it was expected that when I bought my boys home from hospital that I would know exactly what to do and no extra help would be required. Wrong! I, like every other new mother, doubted my abilities, second guessed every decision I made about my babies, panicked over the little things with regards to the baby’s health, and fought the battle of sleep deprivation. It is a whole new world when you bring your baby home from the hospital and as exciting as it is, it can also be very frightening, for all of us! A Midwife home visit can ease some of those concerns and anxieties, by providing an in-home visit that will include checking your baby’s weight and general observations, checking breastfeeding attachment and positioning etc, providing education on settling and infant sleep techniques, and providing answers to questions that all new parents will have about their new bundle of joy.

If I am a patient at Attunga Obstetrics and Gynecology, how does the postnatal Midwife visit work?

At approximately 34 weeks gestation, a Midwife at Attunga Obstetrics and Gynecology will discuss the home visit process with you and allow you the option to sign a consent form allowing Blissful Beginnings to contact you after the birth of your baby. If you consent to be contacted, you will be contacted by phone, after the birth of your baby, to discuss the home visit.

If I am NOT a patient at Attunga Obstetrics and Gynecology, how does the postnatal Midwife visit work?

During your pregnancy, you can contact Blissful Beginnings to arrange a postnatal home visit. After you have birthed your baby, please contact Blissful Beginnings to arrange your visit

How many postnatal home visits can I have?

You can have as many visits as you like up to 6 weeks after the birth of your baby. Some parents only require one Midwife home visit, whereas other parents choose to have a regular Midwife home visit up until 6 weeks postnatal, to have their baby regularly weighed, manage feeding issues and assist with any other concerns.

What days/times are the home visits offered?

The home visits will be available on Tuesdays/Wednesdays and Thursdays between 8am-3pm. An appointment window will be made with you at the time of booking

How do I contact the Midwife

The Midwife is contactable via phone on Tuesdays/Wednesdays and Thursdays. Outside these hours, a voice mail may be left of the mobile if you require a new appointment, additional appointment or change of appointment. Please note- the mobile service is for appointment taking/rescheduling, if assistance and help is required, please arrange for an appointment.

What happens when I am more then 6 weeks postnatal?

At 6 weeks postnatal, you will have a postnatal visit with your obstetrician and Pediatrician (in the private practice) or your general practitioner (in the public practice). After this visit, if you require further follow up, it will be at the discretion of your Obstetrician, Pediatrician or GP

What is the out of pocket gap for the visit?

Full payment of $116.75 is required for the 40 minute home visit by the midwife. The Visit will incur a Medicare rebate of $66.75, therefore leaving an out of pocket gap of $50. If you have reached your Medicare safety net for the current calender year (a large majority of people who have attended a private Obstetrician in pregnancy, and had several gap payments associated with their pregnancy, have reached this safety net) will incur an additional medicare rebate of $21.70. Private health rebates may also be available (please enquire with your private health care fund). Payment is accepted via credit card or eftpos