Once you have been accepted onto the program and have been allocated your midwife, they will make contact with you within two weeks to arrange your booking interview. This usually occurs in your home at a time that is convenient for you and your midwife.
During this phone contact your midwife will undertake a brief eligibility questionnaire and complete a home visiting form. This forms the first part of our assessment in determining your suitability for care with the CMP.
This initial booking interview may take up to two hours. Your midwife will take a complete history from you and after reviewing this, will confirm if you meet the criteria for care with the CMP.If you have a history that excludes you from care with the CMP, your midwife will help you decide on the best option and refer you onto another health care provider.
Appointment times are within usual business hours, Monday to Friday. It may be necessary to arrange time off work for these appointments. Please be aware that sometimes your midwife may need to cancel your appointment at short notice due to someone else being in labour. Midwives will not usually attend the support hospital appointment.
The CMP recommend you attend to all routine scans and tests during your pregnancy. However all CMP clients must have a minimum of one ultrasound scan, at 18-20 weeks, to check for fetal anomalies and confirm the location of the placenta. Also a blood group/antibody screen and iron test will be required between 28-34 weeks to be eligible for the program.
Your midwife will visit you at home on day 1, day 2, day 3, day 4, day 5. On day 10 and day 14 you and your baby will be seen at clinic.
Pharmacological methods of pain relief such as ‘gas and air’, pethidine and epidurals are not available at Kalamunda birthing rooms or when birthing at home. When birthing at the Family Birth Centre you can have all pain relief that would normally be available at a hospital, with the exception of an epidural. Some women may choose to use alternative therapies to assist them in labour such as aromatherapy, homeopathy and hypnobirthing, CMP Midwives do not carry and are unable to administer these therapies. You and your partner will need to speak with a complementary therapist prior to your labour to ensure you are fully informed on the use of such therapies and their safety.
If you birth at home or the Kalamunda Birthing Rooms the CMP recommend you have your baby checked by your GP within one week of the birth. This check will include checking for congenital hip dysplasia and congenital heart murmurs, along with many other conditions. Your midwives are not trained to undertake this examination. If you birth in hospital or the Family Birth Centre your baby will be checked by a paediatrician prior to discharge.