No birth is the same and each baby is precious. Giving birth is deeply personal and at Monash Women’s your preferences and choices will be supported.
Some medical conditions in the mother, conditions for the unborn baby, and things that can occur in labour may mean that birth is recommended in a certain way, or happens in an unpredicted one.
Rest assured our staff will always explain the reasons (benefits and risks and alternatives) if they are recommending you consider certain care.
If you would like to have your preferences and intentions for birth recorded in writing, we encourage you to use the template here.
Monash Women’s is proud to have a very robust clinical governance system to ensure we provide safe and up to date, evidence-based care to achieve the best outcomes for you and your baby. We have many evidence-based clinical guidelines underpinning eligibility for a vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC), water birth, home birth, medically-assisted vaginal birth (using either vacuum or forceps), when a caesarean section is indicated, third stage of labour care options, and even for births when a senior clinician must be present.