FAQs

  • What is a registered midwife?

    Midwives are formally trained and fully integrated primary healthcare professionals who provide comprehensive care to women during preganancy, labour and birth, and the first six weeks postpartum. Our team is registered with, and answerable to, the South African Nursing Council.

  • I am already seeing a doctor – is it too late to consider a midwife?

    Absolutely not. Provided you are low risk for complications, and we have space, you can continue your care with a midwife. It would be expected that you inform your doctor of your change in caregiver.

  • I’ve been told that I’m “high risk”. Can I still see a midwife?

    Some women with certain medical conditions or complications of pregnancy are indeed best cared for by a physician. However, the best way to find out if you are too high risk is to book a consultation with a midwife to discuss your case. Many of the reasons people think they are ‘high risk’ do not preclude you from midwifery care. For example, women have told us they thought they were ‘high risk for being over the age of 35, struggling to get pregnant, or previously having had a miscarriage. In fact, we care for women in these circumstances all the time.

  • Can I have pain medication during the labour with a midwife?

    Yes. The appropriate use of a range of natural and pharmaceutical pain relief options, including epidurals, is part of the midwifery scope of care. Midwives support your choice of pain relief options during labour.

  • Can I have a midwife and give birth in the hospital?

    Yes. Our midwives hold privileges to attend births at the Vincent Pallotti Hospital in Pinelands, Cape Town.

  • How often do I come for appointments?

    Generally, your appointments will follow a schedule of every 4 weeks until 32 weeks, then every 2 weeks until 36 weeks and then weekly until you give birth. You will see your back-up obstetrician twice in your pregnancy unless otherwise indicated.

  • How long are prenatal appointments?

    Your first appointment will be about an hour. Thereafter each appointment will be about 30 mins. This gives you and your midwife enough time to get to know one another, ask questions and to help you prepare for birth. If you feel you require a longer appointment, this can be arranged at an additional cost.

  • Can my partner or my other children come to my appointments?

    Certainly. You are welcome to bring whichever support people you would like. Prenatal appointments are a great opportunity for your partner to meet the midwives and have his or her questions answered, and for your children to get comfortable with the midwives and participate in your pregnancy. All our appointment rooms are equipped with books and toys for children.

  • What is the difference between a midwife and a doula?

    Although there are some similarities between midwives and doulas in the sense that both provide emotional support and suggestions for coping with labour, the biggest difference is that your midwife is responsible for monitoring the health and well-being of you and your baby, and the progress of your labour. Doulas provide you with uninterrupted support, but they do not provide medical care, and do not deliver babies. There is good evidence demonstrating that the presence of a doula decreases a labouring woman’s need for pain medication and improves outcomes.

  • What kind of post natal support do you offer?

    We will pay you one or two visits at home after the birth and we will help you transfer your ongoing care to a local well baby clinic. Thereafter you are welcome to see us at our offices or we can arrange with a colleague to do further home visits.

  • Do Medical Aids pay for midwife services?

    Yes. We are registered with the board of health care funders and have a practice number for medical aid claims. However please make sure you know what the financial shortfall is between our costs and your medical aid contribution. A full breakdown of our fees can be obtained from our receptionist.