Models of Maternity Care

Type of Care GP Shared Care Public Hospital Clinic Midwifery Group Practice /Caseload Private Midwife Private Obstetrician
COST Hospital = free
GP = fee for service
Free Free $3500-6000 out of pocket average (some Medicare rebates) $4000+ average out of pocket (some Medicare/private health rebates)
LOCATION GP and Hospital Hospital outpatients or antenatal clinic Birth centre or private clinic on/off hospital Home, birth centre or private clinic Private clinic
PREGNANCY EDUCATION Hospital-based classes available for fee Hospital-based classes available for fee Continuous, one- on-one + hospital-based classes available for fee Continuous, one- on-one + hospital-based classes available for fee Minimal education depending on OB + hospital-based classes available for fee
SUPPORT AT TIME OF BIRTH Midwife (doctors available in case of complication) Midwife (doctors available in case of complication) Midwife (doctors available in case of complication) Midwife (if homebirth, transfer to hospital occurs in case of complication) Midwife until end of pushing stage, OB usually visits during labour 1-2 times depending on length
LOCATION OF BIRTH Public hospital Public hospital Public hospital/ birth centre affiliated with same Public hospital/ birth centre affiliated with same Private hospital (unless major complication then possible transfer to public system)