Family Birth Centre


The Family Birth Centre (FBC) is a home-like maternity care facility. The centre encourages families to be involved in planning and, enjoy the events, of pregnancy and childbirth in a safe, personalised, comfortable setting.

It is located at, and is part of, King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEMH). The FBC hold an Early Pregnancy Information Session every Sunday. You may be invited to attend this once your application has been reviewed.

Who can attend?

The FBC cares for healthy ‘low risk’ women who anticipate a normal pregnancy and birth. The FBC is unable to accept women who have had a previous caesarean section or have a pre-pregnancy BMI over 35. Please see the Exclusion Criteria for Midwifery Group Practice birthing in the Family Birthing Centre for more details on whether you are eligible or call (08) 6458 1800.

Public patients are covered by Medicare.

How do I apply for a place at the FBC?

Please complete the Family Birth Centre Application Form and send to:

Mail: 

Family Birth Centre, KEMH
374 Bagot Road Subiaco
Western Australia 6008

or

Email: 

KEMH.FamilyBirthCentreReferrals@health.wa.gov.au

What's It all about?

The FBC is designed for families who wish to participate actively in every phase of the childbearing experience.

Our staff are experienced registered midwives who have completed a postgraduate midwifery program. Midwives have special expertise in supporting normal childbirth, but can also recognise a complication and the need for a medical consultation and referral.

The FBC midwives are the primary caregivers but also work in a team relationship with General Practitioners, Obstetricians and Paediatricians. All of the specialist and support services of KEMH are available if required.

What facilities are there?

The FBC consists of four birth rooms:

  • comfortably furnished with double beds and easy chairs
  • individual garden courtyards
  • air conditioning you can control
  • en-suite shower and toilet.
It also includes a shared:
  • bathroom with a large bath
  • kitchen for food preparation and food storage for families and staff
  • children's play area.

Advantages

Some of the advantages families can enjoy by going home earlier include:
  • sharing the experience of a new baby in the comfort of your home
  • being able to be home together sooner in your own bed
  • being able to reduce feelings of separation from other children
  • less disruption on household routines
  • less chance of mother and baby being exposed to infection
  • more freedom to make decisions about baby's care
  • more rest in the peaceful home environment.

Before the birth

The midwives at the FBC specialise in providing support for the natural process of childbirth with very personal attention and careful assessment.

Relaxed antenatal visits will allow time for you to get acquainted with the midwives and learn about the many physical and emotional changes during pregnancy and childbirth. The midwives will also discuss changing family roles, exercise and nutrition.

Birth at the FBC

You should discuss your birth plan with your midwife. The entire birth experience can be as personalised and individual as you desire within the limits of safety. Any birth position that is comfortable for you is acceptable.

Medications, including local anaesthesia and pain relief, are available if needed. Transfer to KEMH would be required if you need pain relief via an epidural.

You and your support person will stay in one of the birth rooms. Your support person is encouraged to remain with you throughout the labour. An additional support person may also be very helpful.

Some families wish to have their other children present as well. If so, an adult other than the primary support person must be with the children during the entire time. If you plan to have your children present at the birth, please discuss this with your midwife.

After the birth

If there are no complications your baby will remain with you during your entire stay at the FBC. Before you go home your baby will receive a complete paediatric examination by one of the hospital's paediatric staff.

At the FBC the expected length of stay is approximately 4 hours after the birth of your baby. If you are transferred to KEMH to deliver your baby, you will be discharged when you and your baby have been checked and the doctor or midwife has decided that it is clinically safe and appropriate for you to go home. We ask that you have made suitable arrangements for going home so that you can leave soon after being formally discharged by your healthcare team.

After the birth of your baby, the midwives will help you with the care of your baby, including breastfeeding, nappy changing, baby bathing etc. Once you are discharged home, the Visiting Midwifery Service will visit you at home for the first five days after birth to check on your health and your 

Contact us

Family Birth Centre
King Edward Memorial Hospital
374 Bagot Road Subiaco
Western Australia 6008

Telephone

(08) 6458 1800

Email

KEMH, Family Birth Centre Referrals

Resources

Family Birth Centre Application Form

Outside the Family Birthing Centre
Outside the Family Birthing Centre

Family Birthing Centre birthing room
Birthing room

Family Birthing Centre birthing room
Birthing room

Family Birthing Centre birthing pool
Birthing pool

Family Birthing Centre clinic room
Clinic room

Family Birthing Centre class room
Class room

Family Birthing Centre courtyard
Courtyard