We are what we eat: important nutrients in pregnancy

It can be a very exciting time when you find out you are having a baby. If this is your first pregnancy, you may be busy making future plans, designing the nursery, renovating, moving into a bigger house, buying clothes, having a baby shower and… the list goes on. If this is your second or subsequent pregnancy, you are already a busy mum, juggling another child or children, work and a partner, all whilst eating on the fly. Regardless of where you are on your motherhood journey, it is important to remember that you are not only having a baby, you are building a baby. read more “We are what we eat: important nutrients in pregnancy”

Private Pregnancy Costs Explained

With private health insurance and the cost of living constantly increasing, many pregnant women are concerned with the expense of having a baby and time out of the workplace. For some families, even those who have private health insurance, the cost to deliver privately is given careful consideration. Hatch Private Maternity was launched to provide affordable private pregnancy care and is a very exciting and popular new option for Brisbane women.

At Hatch we are upfront about our costs, so you will know what costs to expect and can confidently decide to have your baby with us. Our total out-of-pocket cost is only $990 for privately insured women with obstetric cover, who follow our standard schedule of appointments. read more “Private Pregnancy Costs Explained”

Breastfeeding & Tips for Partners

The importance of partner and family support for the breastfeeding mum.

With National Breastfeeding Week here, there is a wave of information for the breastfeeding mums to digest. At Hatch, we support all families to make their own informed decision on how they will feed their baby. However this week, we want to acknowledge each unique breastfeeding journey. Breastfeeding is more successful when the people closest to the breastfeeding mum support her. Our midwife, Ryndell Levkovich, share some tips for partners, friends and visitors on ways to support a new mum on her breastfeeding journey

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Advice for Support People in Birth


Attention support people… don’t underestimate your importance during the birthing journey (however she chooses to birth). This time in a woman’s life whether it is her first or third baby, is a whirlpool of emotion, reflection, anticipation, anxiety, belief and yearning. Assuming the role of birth partner or support person is a big responsibility and should be viewed as a privileged position. It can be hugely rewarding for you to be ring side when baby comes earth side, but also exhausting, particularly if labouring for many hours through the night, or even for days. Supporting a labouring woman involves both physical and mental stamina for you as well, so you will need to be prepared. read more “Advice for Support People in Birth”

The Facts about Flu Vax and Pregnancy

At this time of the year, you will likely have your midwife / obstetrician talk to you about the benefits of a Influenza (flu) vaccine to you and your unborn child. That is because Influenza is a highly contagious respiratory viral infection that circulates each year in the winter months and can cause serious illness in otherwise healthy individuals.

Unlike a cold, flu symptoms develop abruptly one to three days after infection, and can include: tiredness, high fever, chills, headache, sore throat, coughing, sneezing, runny noses, poor appetite, and muscle aches. Most people who get the flu will suffer from mild illness and recover in around four weeks. In some cases, severe illness and complications such as pneumonia can develop, which can result in hospitalisation and even death. Even if you are generally healthy and rarely get sick, changes in immune, heart & lung functions during pregnancy make you more likely to become seriously ill. read more “The Facts about Flu Vax and Pregnancy”

Happy International Women’s Day 2019

Women are our business; women are our story: Empowered Women – Empower women. A midwife’s view of International Women’s Day.

Being a woman and being ‘with woman’ – the very definition of a midwife; I feel the importance to reflect on what this means today and be proud to celebrate International Women’s Day with all those women that have walked before me, besides me and in front of me. read more “Happy International Women’s Day 2019”

How Superfoods Can Benefit You and Your Unborn Baby.

Many cultures around the world, for centuries, have known the benefits of eating certain foods for not only a healthy lifestyle but also to assist with recovery of illness and disease. In today’s busy time-poor society, with the instant gratification of sugary foods, loaded with artificial ingredients, readily available, it can be challenging to maintain a healthy diet. However, with a little forward planning, there are a number of foods, you can incorporate into your diet, that can help keep your body and your developing baby’s body maintaining healthy functions. These foods are often called Superfoods. Many whole food nutritionists have the opinion that any natural food is a Superfood, although, I feel there are certain foods that stand out above the rest.

read more “How Superfoods Can Benefit You and Your Unborn Baby.”

Confidence is key – Advice for new Mums

Having your first baby is one of life’s biggest transitions, a time when you start to reflect on what kind of parent you want to be. For many there are feelings of excitement but also uncertainty, anxiousness and for some feelings of depression. Hatch Midwife, Lauren Williams, shares her advice for new mums looking for answers during this time. read more “Confidence is key – Advice for new Mums”