The Community Midwifery Program (CMP) has two birthing rooms attached to Kalamunda hospital for exclusive use by CMP clients. These birthing rooms are midwifery led, there is no obstetric or paediatric cover.
The CMP midwives in the east region run weekly antenatal and postnatal clinics in the Kalamunda rooms and also hold education sessions, mums and bubs and informative talks.
All clients booked into the CMP and fit the homebirth inclusion criteria would be suitable to birth in the Kalamunda Birthing Rooms.
Water birth is available at the Kalamunda birthing rooms; however clients would need to hire a pool.
Should a problem arise an ambulance will be called and you will be transferred directly to St John of God Midland Hospital. All CMP midwives have the appropriate training and experience to identify a potential problem and manage emergencies and, if needed, can quickly arrange a calm transfer to hospital. In the unlikely event of an emergency your midwife has the necessary skills and training to provide immediate response to the situation whilst waiting for an ambulance to transfer you to hospital. CMP recommend that all clients planning a birth at the Kalamunda birthing rooms arrange adequate ambulance cover in case transfer to hospital is required.
You will have two midwives present at your birth. One of your midwives will attend and support you throughout your labour and he/she will call your other midwife just before your baby is about to be born. The midwives work in pairs, as a “buddy” system. This means that in the event that one of your midwives is unavailable to attend, the other midwife will attend in her place, so that you will have a midwife you know at your birth. The CMP also support midwifery students and you may have a student involved during your pregnancy.
Following the birth you will be discharged home after approximately 2 hours and your CMP midwife will continue to provide you with postnatal care for upto 2 weeks old postnatally. This will vary between home and clinic appointments at Kalamunda.