Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide
Responsibilities of women participating in MGP

Responsibilities of women participating in MGP

Midwifery care is based on promoting good health and taking preventative steps to avoid or minimise problems.  Women choosing Midwifery Group Practice are active participants in their own health care and must take responsibility for their health and that of their baby.  If you are required to have a medical/obstetric consultation for a complication or a planned procedure, please reinforce that your primary care provider is Midwifery Group Practice.

Midwives provide support in helping you address known risk factors such as obesity, smoking and alcohol use.  During pregnancy, we encourage you to eat a balanced diet, become informed, participate actively in your antenatal care and get plenty of sleep and exercise.

In order to take care of you, we need you to take the lead in keeping us informed of any problems, concerns or situations which may affect your health or that of your baby.

It is essential for the midwives to have access and contact, either by mobile or land line, with women accepted into Midwifery Group Practice.

We encourage breastfeeding, however we respect your choice to bottle feed. We encourage you to breastfeed as soon as possible after your baby is born - this provides valuable colostrum for your baby and helps minimise blood loss for you.

By becoming informed about issues, you will be able to make better decisions about your choices.

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last modified: 30 Mar 2009