“I wish I could take the midwife home with me!” – well now you can!

About Me

My Story

I am a proud mum and step mum of five (now adult) children and a doting Nanna to grandson Cooper.

Qualifying as a Midwife in the UK, I gained a wealth of experience in all aspects of Midwifery care, in the home, in the community and in the hospital environment before emigrating to Australia in 2006.

Employed in both the public and private sector as a Clinical Midwife and Midwifery Educator, I have further developed and extended my skills in the profession  and after rigorous screening and further study I have successfully received notation as an Eligible Midwife, which means I have a Medicare provider number and PBS prescriber number. This means that you can choose to receive midwifery care from me and Medicare rebates apply to my services.

I am happy to say that I can now offer more choice to women with their antenatal and postnatal care by a dedicated and experienced midwife with excellent support from the obstetricians and paediatricians here in Townsville. I am happy to work in collaboration with any obstetrician by referral. I work safely, within my scope of practice and refer when appropriate  within a multidisciplinary team.

My Philosophy

My midwifery care is based on my firm belief of the ability of women to give birth with dignity, in control of their birthing experience and with as much support as they need. I also believe that regular contact with known carers will enhance most women’s experience of childbirth and the 6 weeks following birth.

My professional goals include the provision of ongoing safe and effective ante natal and post natal care, working in collaboration with your obstetrician. I believe that the provision of  education for women to prepare for birth, learn about breastfeeding and  newborn behaviour will facilitate as smooth a transition to parenthood as is possible. Home visiting by a known midwife for 6 weeks after the birth of your baby will support you in your new role as a parent and increase your confidence through what can be a rollercoaster ride of dramatic emotions and new experiences.

‘my community midwife’ aims to meet the  varying needs of the women in our community with safety and support of the existing health services. You now have the choice to have midwifery care at home and ‘my community midwife’ looks forward to providing that care as your Townsville Midwife!

Kathy Ward

Eligible Midwife

BSc (Hons.) Midwifery, GradDipMid, MMid
Lactation Consultant
Provider No.:4442051J
APHRA Reg. No.: NMW0001462864

Kathy and baby - Townsville Midwife

Kathy is now working with Dr Kurinji Kannan and Dr Jim Heymann.

Kathy is a registered provider with Garrison Health -providing care to defense members

Kathy is a proud member of the Australian College of Midwives (ACM) and the Midwives Australia and confidently provides safe, effect care in accordance with the guidelines of the ACM’s “National Midwifery Guidelines for Consultation Referral”

“Expert care and support for your own special delivery”

Services Provided

  • Midwifery care for Mum and Baby

  • Breast feeding and/or bottle feeding advice and support

  • Newborn settling techniques

  • Detailed assistance with referrals and accessing community supports

  • Building confident families

  • Lactation Consultant

  • Medicare rebates available*

  • Highly skilled, experienced midwife on call 7 days a week

  • Telephone advice service available

  • One-to-one support in your home after hospital discharge

  • Available to work in conjunction with private obstetricians or the public sector

  • Townsville Midwife

“For families of a newborn, you now have a choice”

Why choose a midwife?

Midwife means ‘with woman, and with ‘my community midwife ‘ you can receive one-to-one care from a known midwife throughout your pregnancy, and for six weeks after the birth of your baby.  Care provided by my community midwife is family friendly, women-centered care with an collaborative approach to pregnancy, birth and parenting with safety as the emphasis.

My community midwife will support and assist you to make informed choices , will respect you as an individual and will equip you to learn skills for normal labour and to understand what may happen if things don’t go according to plan.

My community midwife can assist you with breast feeding and in understanding normal newborn behaviours, and settling techniques.

My community midwife  understands the problems that many parents experience with breastfeeding when learning this new skill , especially once you are discharged from hospital and don’t have that call buzzer to hand!

With home visiting from my community midwife breastfeeding support is ongoing, your baby can be weighed at home and  reassurance and guidance can be provided in the comfort of your own home if any concerns arise.

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Information Sharing

Postnatal Support and Advice

Woman Centred Care

Building Confident Families

Friendly, Evidence Based Care at Home

Your Townsville Midwife

Fees and medicare rebates

Medicare rebates are available for most services – contact Kathy for a no obligation quote for your individual needs. Automatic medicare rebate upon payment of account. Indicative pricing is below:

  • Short Home Visit
  • Less than 40 minutes
  • $100
  • Long Home Visit
  • More than 40 minutes
  • $130
  • Phone Consultation
  • 30 minutes After Hours.
  • $50

Usually all postnatal visits, during normal working hours for the first six completed weeks following birth are claimable.

Gift Vouchers available! Terms and conditions – non transferable, not redeemable for cash, and must be used by expiry date.

Clinic availability by appointment at Oxford St Medical Suites, Oxford St, Hyde Park, 4812.

After hours call out fee and long range travel by agreement are not subject to medicare rebate.

Bulk billing available for some services in certain circumstances – please ask for a personalised quote.

Contact

My Community Midwife

PO Box 10178
Rasmussen 4815
Queensland
Australia

Mobile (0432) 266 732
Email kathy@mycommunitymidwife.com.au
Web www.mycommunitymidwife.com.au

My Community Midwife
ABN 43 429 726 031

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