Frequently Asked Questions

For the first time, private midwifery and obstetrics have been brought together to allow complete continuity with a team who support you in your preferences and unique journey.

In other models, accessing midwifery care means that if you need input from an obstetrician, it may be someone you have never met before and doesn’t understand your story, journey and preferences. Kindred midwives are the only private midwives who are able to provide one on one labour and birth care at Mater Mothers Private Hospital, with back up of like-minded obstetricians that you also know and trust.

Similarly, in other practices, obstetric patients may not meet a midwife until the day of labour, and or have input from a number of different midwives, which can be difficult. If you chose to have care with one of the doctors at Kindred for your pregnancy journey, Kindred midwives will see you during your pregnancy for education and support, then for six weeks of in-home midwifery visits.

Kindred has been established as a ‘best of both worlds’ approach, to allow families care that is specifically important to them. At no other practice can you access complete continuity from a like-minded team.

Kindred’s unique practice model means you can choose to have complete care with midwives and obstetricians who recognise that not all families need or want the same thing. Therefore we have designed Kindred with an understanding that care is better delivered in collaboration, rather than isolation. For the first time, Kindred has brought private midwifery and obstetric care together to allow access to and continuity from known care providers throughout your entire journey.

Kindred prides itself on continuity of care and is passionate about delivering care that is family focused.

If you choose to have your care with Dr Milford or Dr Duncan, they will care for you throughout your pregnancy, birth and will see you daily while in hospital.

If you choose to have your care with the midwives, a small team will care for you throughout pregnancy, labour, birth and for six weeks at home.

All Kindred families have the opportunity to meet both the doctors and the midwives who may involved in your care, so no matter your circumstance, you always have a familiar face alongside you.

Kindred aims to keep fees affordable to allow our services to be accessible to as many families as possible.

There are some out of pocket costs for private care. These will differ for each family, but generally include consultation fees, scans and blood tests, pregnancy management fee and gap payment on admission.

Consultations during pregnancy and after birth attract Medicare rebates, therefore you can claim some of your appointment fee back. Depending on your private health cover, you should have little to no out of pocket cost for hospital admission, but it is important to understand what you are covered for.

Your fee schedule is based on who you choose to see (midwife or obstetrician), as consultation fees differ. Only one pregnancy management fee is paid, to either your obstetrician or the midwifery team – whichever your care during pregnancy is with. This means if you are a midwifery patient, you don’t need to pay extra if you need input from the doctor during pregnancy, labour or birth.

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A Pregnancy Management Fee (PMF) is a fee charged to each patient of the practice, which gives them access to 24-hour care from the midwives and doctors at Kindred from the beginning of pregnancy through to six weeks after birth, including having someone you know and trust there to help deliver your baby.

We believe in providing care that is value based, rather than cost specific, therefore we also include in your pregnancy management fee; your first visit to see the midwife, and your first two postnatal home visits.

To have your complete pregnancy, labour, birth and postnatal care with our team, you do need to hold appropriate private health cover – this means you have obstetric cover where you are able to be admitted as a private patient in a private hospital. Some families who don’t have this level of cover chose to be self-funded private patients, or others chose to have shared care with a public hospital.

We can provide shared care for patients who plan to deliver as a public patient. This means having your pregnancy care with Kindred in our clinic, and six weeks of in-home midwifery support after birth – however any inpatient/hospital care (including labour and birth) is provided by hospital staff at your local hospital.This allows you access to the benefits of continuity throughout pregnancy and postnatal period, which may be more than a local hospital can offer.

Having shared care with Kindred does not change your access to a choice of public hospitals; allocation to hospital is based on your residential address and outside of the control of our practice.

If this is something that might be appropriate for you, we welcome you to discuss your options with the Kindred team. Information sheets on options of care without private health insurance are available by request.

The midwives and obstetricians at Kindred work closely together to deliver the most comprehensive care to all families. Although we work together as a team, you can chose to whether you would like to have care with the midwifery team, or one of the obstetricians. Having care with one doesn’t exclude you from input from the other – we love to share the love. The main difference is who most your appointments are with during pregnancy, and who is on-call to be there to care for you during labour and birth.

Obstetric care allows you to have a specialist obstetrician caring for you throughout pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period.  During this time, you can also have input from Kindred midwives for education, consultations, visits in hospital, and in-home visits after birth to help you settle in as a family.

Midwifery care allows you to have care with a small team of midwives throughout pregnancy, labour, birth and the postnatal period. During this time, you will meet the obstetricians at Kindred and they will be there should the midwives need clinical support during labour and birth. This means that if input from an obstetrician is required, that care will be provided by an obstetrician you already know.

All Kindred families have daily visits in hospital and six weeks of in-home midwifery care after discharge.

Ideally we like to begin care during the first trimester, to ensure screening and support for a healthy start to pregnancy.

Your first appointment at Kindred would ordinarily be about 6-10 weeks gestation, but if you are already further along we are more than happy to see you at any time.

Yes, we realise not everyone has the opportunity to attend appointments within business hours. We are flexible with appointment times and are able to offer both early morning and evening appointments.

Yes! We have a free onsite car park at the back of our clinic (off Princess St) and free street parking is readily available within 200m along Princess street.

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Kindred Midwifery postnatal in-home visits are available to anyone, regardless of where or with whom you had your baby. Bookings can be made via phone or email.

Kindred’s education modules, classes, resources and community groups are also available to all families, even if you are having your care elsewhere.

Consultations during pregnancy can be provided to anyone at any time, however without a current referral Medicare rebates are not available. If you wish to transfer your care to Kindred from another provider, we are happy to see you at any time throughout your pregnancy and welcome you to contact us to discuss your options.

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All pregnancy care is provided in our community clinic rooms at East Brisbane.

All labour and birth care is provided at Mater Mothers Private Hospital.

We do not provide homebirth care, but are happy to support you in your preferences in hospital, including waterbirth. We do not have admitting rights to any other hospitals.

Postnatal care for mothers and babies is provided in home after discharge from hospital.

Continuity in care providers has been identified as the most influential factor in both optimal clinical outcomes and positive experiences in maternity care.

Continuity  means unbroken and consistent care from a known person/s. It promotes autonomy, self-efficacy, and increased satisfaction through enabling informed decision making.

Working collaboratively in maternity care is paramount. Midwives and obstetricians have skills and knowledge which compliment each other, and when used with like-mindedness to support women and families in their unique journey, optimal outcomes are achieved, both in terms of clinical outcomes and positive experiences.

Kindred is the only practice where continuity and collaboration between midwives and obstetricians is at the core of practice philosophy and is provided throughout the entire journey – from early pregnancy, throughout labour and birth, and for six weeks after birth.

We structure our schedule of visits as a skeleton, to be built on and tailored to each individual families’ needs.

Families who have care with Kindred Midwifery have suggested appointments fortnightly between first consultation and 36 weeks, then weekly until your baby is born.

Families who have their care with Dr Milford or Dr Duncan have suggested appointments monthly between first appointment and 28 weeks, fortnightly between 28 – 36 weeks, then weekly until the birth of your baby.

Postnatal in-home visits are scheduled according to the needs of each family, but as a guide suggested visits occur twice within the first week at home, then weekly thereafter.