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Choosing where to have your baby

 

In Queensland, there are a number of different places where you can have your baby. The choices available to you for where to have your baby might be affected by things including where you live and whether you have private health insurance (or whether you are able to pay for your maternity care).

The different options for where to have your baby are quite different from one another. When you choose where to have your baby, you are often also choosing things like:

  • where you receive your pregnancy care (e.g., at home, in a hospital, in a community clinic)
  • whether you have to travel for birth, and how far
  • who provides your care during pregnancy and during labour and birth (e.g., midwives, doctors)
  • what choices you have in how to birth your baby
  • whether 'low intervention' birth is supported
  • whether you have close access to certain procedures or services
  • whether your support people are able to stay with you
  • whether there are out-of-pocket costs for your care
  • whether you have in-home care after birth

 

In Queensland, there are four main options for where to have a baby:

       1. Public hospital

       2. Public birth centre

       3. Private hospital

       4. Out of hospital (e.g., home)

 

There is no one 'right' place for having a baby, and the best option for you may not be the best option for another woman. Thinking about the things that are most important to you when having your baby will help you to choose the best place for you. You may also like to talk with your partner, your support people, or your care providers when deciding where to have your baby.

Enter Birthplace

Birthplace is a tool that provides you with balanced and trustworthy information about all of the public hospitals, public birth centres and private hospitals where you can have a baby in Queensland. Birthplace provides information about location and contact details, types of care offered, care policies and practices, and other women's experiences having a baby there. The information in Birthplace may help you to choose the best place for you to have your baby.

Click here to enter Birthplace

Click here for Birthplace Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

You can also choose to have your baby at home. More information about having your baby at home is provided in the 'Choosing your model of care' decision aid on the Pregnancy section of this website. Click here to open the Choosing your model of care decision aid.