Every year around 120 women are cared for at Ryde Hospital, supported by the Ryde Midwifery Group Practice.

This fact by itself is unremarkable.

What happens within this maternity unit is truly extraordinary.

The Practice offers caseload midwifery care for low-risk women, which gives each woman and her family access to their own allocated midwife for their antenatal care, birth and postnatal period up to two weeks.

Women want professional midwives who really care about them, and having 24/7 contact with your very own midwife means strong woman-focused relationships develop at Ryde.

The strength of these relationships is shown by the fact that many women move back into the Ryde area for subsequent births, and seek care from their same midwife.

Caseload midwifery is the leading model of midwifery care internationally and is expanding throughout Australia.

There is overwhelming evidence from Australian and international studies which show that midwifery led care provides the best outcomes for women and babies.

Having your own midwife is proven to lower intervention rates, shorten labours, shorten post-natal stays, require less pain relief, result in higher breast feeding rates and lower rates of post natal depression – great social outcomes and great economic outcomes.

When midwifery services are evaluated, the Ryde Midwifery Group Practice consistently emerges as a benchmark of how to deliver a safe, effective service tailored to the needs of women.

The Practice facilitates active, natural birth with minimal intervention by providing physical, emotional and social support and preparation in partnership with the woman and her family. Additionally, all the Ryde midwives are highly trained and confident with offering waterbirth – the gentlest way to welcome a new baby into the world.

The majority of mums who birth at Ryde choose to labour and/or give birth in one of the spacious birth pools.

Many mums go on to access the additional post-natal support offered by the Practice through their weekly ‘Women on Wednesdays’ meetings.

These meetings are facilitated by a Ryde midwife and provide a space for pregnant, new and veteran mothers to connect and support one another through the early days and between pregnancies.

May 5 is International Midwives Day, and [email protected] want to thank the Ryde Midwifery Group Practice for their passion and commitment to helping local families achieve such beautiful and nurtured births.

It is reassuring for families to learn that they can have access to their very own highly skilled midwife 24/7 during and after pregnancy and birth.

Who is eligible to birth at Ryde?

All women who live in the Ryde local government area and neighbouring communities. Families are welcome to ring in and check if they are in the area.

How much does it cost?

The Ryde Midwifery Group Practice service is covered by Medicare.

[email protected] are a dynamic group of parents who have had or are having babies with the Ryde Midwifery Group Practice and are passionate about supporting the service.

They all have their our own backgrounds and birth experiences but share an interest in helping other parents to experience the unique midwifery care at Ryde.

Find out more: visit www.mumsatryde.org.au or contact the Group Practice directly on 9858 7549.