11 Oct Katoomba Hospital Maternity – What are your Care Options?
What are my Katoomba based Hospital and Maternity Care Options?
If you’re living in or around Katoomba hospital, then you actually have a couple of local maternity care options! When you fall pregnant it is natural to seek out a maternity care option close to your home! The less travelling, the better, given travelling in labour can be really difficult. So, it’s awesome that we have a hospital in Katoomba, so close and easily accessible.
Katoomba Hospital based Maternity Care
Our closest hospital is the Blue Mountains District Hospital in Katoomba which offers pregnancy, birth and postnatal maternity care services. Katoomba hospital has some wonderful midwives and they work well in combination with local doulas too! If you’d like doula support, have a look at my services page. They’ve recently begun offering water immersion for labour and birth (see the benefits here!). Furthermore, Katoomba hospital has expanded care options to include higher risk births more recently, including ‘post-dates’ (>42 weeks) women. They are no longer transferring care to Nepean Hospital for these women. However, Katoomba hospital does not have a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. For higher risk pregnancies, women and babies can be transferred to Nepean Hospital. However, it’s worth considering all birth options for your family!
Katoomba Home based Maternity Care
The other option is home birth!! We have some INCREDIBLE privately practising midwives in the Blue Mountains, These midwives are able to provide antenatal, birth and postnatal care to the women they support. They provide medical care, do baby and mum checks, check the heart rate and are able to prescribe and administer medications. Additionally, they carry the necessary gear for an emergency situation at birth including Syntocinon for post-partum haemmorhage and Oxygen for baby if needed. If home birth is an option I encourage you to look into it! Meet with a private midwife and see how you feel – it could change your life!
If you’d like to read about my own birth experiences with home birth in Katoomba, check them out here! I speak about Willow’s home birth caesarean, Hamish’s Blissful Home Birth After Caesarean and Evalie’s HBAC here! If you’re concerned about safety you can read more about the research on home birth here. But in essence, continuity of care with a midwife improves safety for mums and babies!
And that’s it! If you have any questions please get in touch, I’d love to chat pregnancy, birth and postpartum with you!
Katoomba Birth Doula Support
If you would like support during your birth, why not consider a birth doula? Birth Doulas are an incredible asset to any birth team! They improve outcomes for mums and babies, and can provide you the support you need throughout your pregnancy, birth and postpartum.
If you’re looking for a birth doula, check out my doula services page!
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Hello, I’m Aimee! I support women and their families through pregnancy, birth, postpartum and breastfeeding. I am a qualified and experienced Doula and breastfeeding counsellor, providing support in the Blue Mountains and surrounds. I’d love to meet you for an obligation free catch up! Contact me here.