Birth Centre celebrates five years

Natural Birth Education & Research Centre founders Lynne Austin and Margaret ‘Santo’ Spain (right) celebrated the centre’s fifth birthday on Sunday with the cutting of five cakes, one to mark each year of service.

Since it began five years ago, the NBERC has been offering a model of care which sees private midwives delivering midwifery-led pregnancy and birth care, whilst working with obstetricians to provide women with a seamless transition to medical care – if and when they need it.

Margaret Spain said it is this model of collaborative maternity care that is being advocated by the federal government’s maternity services review and Margaret has no been asked to contribute to a government round-table discussion in Canberra next Thursday, December 10.

“For the last five years we have shown that private midwives can work successfully with doctors to offer women a level of care that ensures a smooth transition to medical care if it is needed,” Ms Spain said. “Most of the time of course, medical care is not required because pregnancy and birth is not an illness.”


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