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Enabling safe, informed birth choices

05 December 2022

When you choose private maternity care, you also get to voice your preferences in how you give birth. Obstetrician Dr Adam Gubbay explains how and why this is important.

When you choose to be cared for by a private obstetrician at a private hospital, you be able to develop a relationship with an experienced, expert specialist.

Core to this relationship is building trust between each other, knowing that you are a key part of the decision making and knowing that you are in safe hands.

Making an informed decision about how you want to give birth

Most women have certain hopes and expectations about how they want to give birth.

For some this is a vaginal birth without pain relief. For others this can be the desire to have an induction or even an elective caesarean section. Women who have previously had a caesarean may want to have a vaginal birth for their next baby. This is called a vaginal birth after caesarean section or VBAC for short.

During your appointments with your obstetrician you will be asked about your birth preferences.

You will be provided with information regarding each birth type. This is to help you make an informed decision specific to your preferences.

Expert advice and guidance from your obstetrician

You may have certain hopes and expectations regarding your birth. From time to time there can be risks that arise during your pregnancy or during labour that will affect this.

Your obstetrician will speak with you about your specific situation and help you understand what options you may have to lower your risk when giving birth. 

This enables you to ask questions and raise any concerns you might have in advance allowing you to make an informed decision about your care. 

Birth plans

Some women find it beneficial to have a birth plan written down.

This plan might include the type of birth experience you prefer and pain relief options you have chosen in advance.

This can help you mentally prepare for what might happen.

Keeping everything in perspective

Your birth experience is incredibly important and a positive experience can help set you up for the early days of boding and parenting.

Even if things don’t go to plan, you can still have a positive experience knowing that you have received expert care from an experienced obstetrician who you know and trust. The wellbeing of you and your baby is the highest priority. 

Dr Adam Gubbay - Obstetrician and Gynaecologist

Dr Adam Gubbay graduated from the University of Western Australia Medical School and specialised in obstetrics and gynaecology thorough King Edward Memorial Hospital in Perth.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and a member of the National Association of Specialist Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Australian Gynaecological Endoscopy & Surgery Society and Australian Medical Association.