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King Edward Memorial Hospital

Family Birth Centre

The Family Birth Centre is a home-like maternity care facility. The Centre encourages families to be involved in planning and, enjoy the events, of pregnancy and childbirth in a safe, personalised, comfortable setting.

It is located at, and is part of, King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women (KEMH). Orientation is held every Sunday. For times and booking please ring (08) 6458 1800.

Family Birth CentreContact Information

Labour and Birth using Water

Contact Information

Phone (08) 6458 1800
Fax (08) 6458 1806
Location

King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women (KEMH)
374 Bagot Road Subiaco
Western Australia 6008

Entrance is via Railway Road

Map Please see our map of KEMH

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Who can attend?

The Birth Centre cares for healthy ‘low risk’ women who anticipate a normal pregnancy and birth. The Birth Centre is unable to accept women who have had a previous caesarean section or have a pre-pregnancy BMI over 35. Please see the Exclusion Criteria for Midwifery Group Practice birthing in the Family Birthing Centre for more details on whether you are eligible or call 64581800.

Public patients are covered by Medicare.

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How do I apply for a place at the FBC?

Please complete below application form and send to;

Family Birth Centre Application Form

Address; Family Birth Centre, King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women (KEMH)
374 Bagot Road Subiaco
Western Australia 6008

Email; KEMH.FamilyBirthCentreReferrals@health.wa.gov.au

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What's It All About?

Birth SuiteThe Centre is designed for families who wish to participate actively in every phase of the childbearing experience.

Our staff are experienced registered midwives who have completed a postgraduate midwifery program. Midwives have special expertise in supporting normal childbirth, but can also recognise a complication and the need for a medical consultation and referral.

The Family Birth Centre midwives are the primary caregivers but also work in a team relationship with General Practitioners, Obstetricians and Paediatricians. All of the specialist and support services of KEMH are available if required.

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Facilities

The KitchenThe Family Birth Centre consists of four birth rooms:

  • comfortably furnished with double beds and easy chairs
  • individual garden courtyards
  • air conditioning you can control
  • en-suite shower and toilet

It also includes a shared:

  • bathroom with a large bath
  • kitchen for food preparation and food storage for families and staff
  • children's play area

Please see the photos of the birth rooms on this page.

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Advantages

Birth Suite Some of the advantages families can enjoy by going home earlier include:

  • sharing the experience of a new baby in the comfort of your home
  • being able to be home together sooner in your own bed
  • being able to reduce feelings of separation from other children
  • less disruption on household routines
  • less chance of mother and baby being exposed to infection
  • more freedom to make decisions about baby's care
  • more rest in the peaceful home environment

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Before the Birth

Large Meeting RoomThe midwives at the Family Birth Centre specialise in providing support for the natural process of childbirth with very personal attention and careful assessment.

Relaxed antenatal visits will allow time for you to get acquainted with the midwives and learn about the many physical and emotional changes during pregnancy and childbirth. The midwives will also discuss changing family roles, exercise and nutrition.

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Birth at the Centre

You should discuss your birth plan with your midwife. The entire birth experience can be as personalised and individual as you desire within the limits of safety. Any birth position that is comfortable for you is acceptable.

Waiting AreaMedications, including local anaesthesia and pain relief, are available if needed. Transfer to KEMH would be required if you need pain relief via an epidural.

You and your support person will stay in one of the birth rooms. Your support person is encouraged to remain with you throughout the labour. An additional support person may also be very helpful.

Some families wish to have their other children present as well. If so, an adult other than the primary support person must be with the children during the entire time. If you plan to have your children present at the birth, please discuss this with your midwife.

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After the Birth

Birth Suite CourtyardIf there are no complications your baby will remain with you during your entire stay at the Birth Centre. Before you go home your baby will receive a complete paediatric examination by one of the Hospital's paediatric staff.

At the Centre the expected length of stay is between 4 and 6 hours after the birth of your baby. If you are transferred to KEMH and have your baby there, the expected length of stay following a vaginal birth is one to two days, or if you have a Caesarean section three to five days.

After the birth of your baby, the midwives will help you with the care of your baby, including breastfeeding, nappy changing, baby bathing etc. Once you are discharged home your midwife will visit you each day at home for the first five days after birth to check on your health and your baby's progress. If you live outside of the Family Birth Centre's geographical area you may be asked to return to the Centre for your postnatal care or the Visiting Midwifery Service will visit you instead.

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