Models of Care

There are many different models of maternity care around Australia and these are made up of the care provider you choose and where you plan to birth. Not all models of care are available to everyone, which may be because of geographic location, financial limitation or the availability/high demand of some services. The most commonly used care model (and most widely available) is midwifery-led care from clinic midwives, with birth in a public hospital.

Here we have placed care providers and birth places along two spectrums showing aspects of care that women often want to know about. The first displays care providers and the spectrum of continuity of care that they offer. Private Midwives offer complete continuity of care. For a full explanation on the levels of continuity different care providers can offer, see our continuity of care article. 

The second spectrum shows the average level of medical support/intervention provided in a particular birth environment.  You can also see the different care providers that work in these areas (in no particular order). While large public hospitals can offer broad medical care (from low risk to very high risk pregnancies), private hospitals tend to have higher levels of intervention

You can find more information on our care providers and birth places pages. 

Continuity of Care Spectrum

Most continuity > Least continuity

Private Midwife

Private Obstetrician

Midwifery Group Practice

GP Shared Care

Public Obstetrician

Clinic Midwives

Private Midwife

Private Obstetrician

Midwifery Group Practice

GP Shared Care

Public Obstetrician

Clinic Midwives

Medical Care Spectrum

Highest intervention > Least immediate medical support

Private Hospital

  • Private Obstetrician

Public Hospital

  • Clinic Midwives
  • Private Obstetrician
  • GP Shared Care
  • MGP
  • Public obstetrician
  • Private Midwife

Birth Centre

  • MGP (public only)
  • Private Midwife (public/private)

Home

  • MGP
  • Private Midwife

Private Hospital

  • Private Obstetrician

Public Hospital

  • Private Obstetrician
  • Public Obstetrician
  • GP Shared Care
  • Clinic Midwives
  • MGP
  • Private Midwife

Birth Centre

  • MGP (public only)
  • Private Midwife (public/private)

Home

  • MGP
  • Private Midwife

Primary Care Providers

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Private Hospital

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Continuity of Care

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The booking visit

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Midwifery Group Practice

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Private Obstetrician

Private Obstetrician Private obstetricians offer medical care for high risk and low risk pregnancies and can work in private and public hospitals. They also offer

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