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If you have extra medical, cultural, social or emotional needs during pregnancy, birth or after the birth, you might see some other people as well as your homebirth midwife and GP. They can organise support and services for you.

If you’re having a homebirth through a publicly funded program, you will have access to the same supports and services as a public hospital setting.

If you’re having a homebirth with a private midwife, you might be able to get the following support and services during pregnancy:

  • birth classes
  • lactation consultants
  • screening and diagnostic services – for example, blood tests, ultrasounds and genetic counselling
  • interpreters
  • home visits from a midwife or child and family health nurse.

Your midwife can send you to services or health professionals in your local community, if you need them. These include:

  • child and family health nurses
  • social workers – for example, for help with money or housing
  • cultural workers or Aboriginal liaison officers (ALOs)
  • dietitians
  • religious or faith-based workers – for example, pastoral care and chaplains
  • psychologists or counsellors for mental health support
  • alcohol and drug support workers.

After birth, your midwife can send you to services or health professionals in your local community, if you need them. These include:

  • child and family health nurses
  • breastfeeding support, including lactation consultants
  • physiotherapists
  • pharmacists
  • home care – for example, help with cleaning and shopping
  • paediatricians

If you need other care, services or support during pregnancy, birth or after baby is born, ask your midwife or GP what’s available.

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