The cost of antenatal care and birth at a birth centre can range from around $0-$1500 in a public hospital.
Most birth centres are attached to public hospitals.
Here are some of the costs you can expect with a birth centre at a public hospital:
- Medicare covers the cost of your pregnancy and birth centre care.
- If you’re in shared care or live rurally, some of your care might be with your GP. Some GPs will bulk bill. If not, you’ll need to pay the difference between their fee and the Medicare rebate.
- There might be a cost for tests and ultrasound scans. You can often get some money back from Medicare.
- There might be a cost for birth classes.
- If you hire a doula, there’ll be a cost, which depends on the doula’s experience, level of care and involvement in your pregnancy.
- Check with your midwife or doctor about any other costs. It’s good to be clear from the beginning so there are no expensive surprises.