As a Privately Practicing Midwife (Endorsed Registered Midwife) I provide comprehensive midwifery care to women and families in Geraldton, WA and surrounding areas.
Soulful Birth Midwifery Services offers continuity-of-care across pregnancy, labour and birth, and the postnatal period - from the moment you engage the service through to your baby being 6 weeks old.
I work closely with colleagues Rhonda (By Your Side Midwifery) and Sophie (Your Midwife Sophie) to support families who plan to birth at home. I continue to provide care if hospital birth becomes the safer option, either indicated during pregnancy, during labour or if transfer in the postpartum is required. If you plan to birth in hospital, please contact Rhonda, or the MGP program at the Geraldton Regional Hospital.
All antenatal and postnatal visits are in the comfort of your own home for 1-1.5 hours. There is plenty of time to build a trusting relationship, to find out what is important to you and your family, and to provide all the clinical care that is required to support a healthy normal pregnancy. I also support you psycho-emotionally and spiritually as you navigate the childbearing journey and transition to parenthood. For information on my supportive offerings, explore Soulful Birth's complementary services.
I have visiting (admitting) rights to the Geraldton Regional Hospital and work in collaboration with GP's and obstetricians, and other health professionals if required.
I organise all pregnancy, birth or postpartum investigations including blood tests and ultrasounds that you may need or choose to have as part of your maternity care, as well as prescribe any relevant medications for you and baby.
Your first appointment is bulked billed, which allows us to meet, discuss your unique situation and assess the appropriateness of private midwifery care for you. After the payment of your upfront fees, all visits are then bulk billed. See FAQ for more details.
Total fees inclusive of all care (antenatal, labour & birth, postnatal).
(plus $500 for the second midwife to attend the birth at home)
Care includes being on-call for you 24/7 throughout your journey.
In addition to your midwife appointments, you may choose to see a GP/Obstetrician of your choice. If there are any factors that require a consultation or referral, we will seek collaboration with your chosen GP/Obs. (Please note the GP/Obs will charge separately for their services, which is not included in your midwifery care fees.)
For families experiencing financial hardship, please contact Cath to discuss alternative fee structures.
Soulful Birth will endeavour to support all families seeking the benefits of Private Midwifery Care.
Book your free (full Medicare rebate), no-obligation 30 minute discovery consultation in person or over the phone to discuss your needs, Cath's Midwifery Services, and how she can support you.
Why Choose Midwifery Continuity-of-Care with Cath?
The evidence (scientific literature) for Midwifery continuity of care is overwhelmingly in favour of the model. Women who have continuity of care from a known midwife are more likely to have a positive birth experience, to feel more confident in themselves, and satisfied with their experiences. They are also:
- more likely to have a normal vaginal birth,
- less likely to use pharmacological pain relief,
- more likely to go into labour spontaneously (less likely to have an induction of labour),
- less likely to experience a cesarean birth, assisted birth (vacuum or forceps) or severe perineal trauma,
- more likely to breastfeed and continue to breastfeed for longer,
- less likely to experience postnatal depression or birth trauma,
- and their babies are less likely to be born prematurely or to be admitted to the Special or Intensive Care Nursery.
For a summary of the evidence provided by the Australian College of Midwives see here.