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Midwives In Private Practice

Midwives In Private Practice began in 1989 as a peer support and ongoing education group in Victoria, a state located in southeastern Australia. They now have 22 members.

This information is from the April 1995 version of their brochure.


Midwives in private practice

For centuries midwives have worked among their communities providing care to women. Historically midwives have held a philosophy of care based on the belief that pregnancy is, basically, a healthy process and a normal part of life, growth and development. It is this belief that guides the way in which midwives in private practice work.

Midwives choosing to work privately, rather than being employed by hospitals and other institutions, do so because it allows them to be flexible about the care they provide. That is, the care offered will be in partnership, directed primarily by the wishes of the women and their families.

The private practitioner midwife is able to provide continuity of care to the families who have chosen to use her services. During the pregnancy, the woman and her family develop a friendly supportive relationship with their midwife (in some cases e.g. homebirth, the care is shared by two midwives). On the day the baby arrives the midwife remains with the woman throughout the entire labour. There are no shift changes that require the midwife to leave. During the first week of the baby's life the same midwife visits daily until the baby has settled into a feeding pattern and the parents feel confident in caring for their new baby.

Some midwives in private practice choose to work in specific areas. For example, some may offer post natal care, or advice with difficult breast feeding problems (Lactation Consultants). In addition , some midwives are skilled and have qualifications in complimentary areas such as; Maternal and child health, counselling, naturopathy, reiki, kinesiology, massage and homeopathy.

Services provided

Midwives in Private Practice (MIPP): Victoria

The private practitioner midwives listed here are fully qualified general nurses and midwives who work in consultation with medical practitioners

Listings include name, Victoria phone number and codes

What the codes mean:

For more information contact
Annie Sprague [annies@rmit.edu.au ] or
Jenny Parratt [jparratt@hitech.net.au ]


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Last updated 9/4/95 by Donna Dolezal Zelzer, djz@efn.org