Labour and birth

Information to help you prepare for the birth of your child.

Bringing a baby into the world

You’ve probably heard your fair share of birth stories, but if you’ve never experienced it before it may still feel like somewhat of a mystery. When it comes to labour and birth every mother’s experience is different, but if you want to learn more about what you may expect, we’ve got the information for you below.

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How to write your birth plan

Writing your birth plan can be overwhelming - in this article we break it down and make it simple.

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Childbirth explained

If you’ve never been through it before, childbirth can be somewhat of a mystery. Obstetrician Danielle Wilkins explains what to expect during childbirth.

Do you need a caesarean?

If you’re pregnant or planning a family, it makes sense to have a general understanding of what a caesarean section is, and why you may need one. 


Having a caesarean section

Your doctor has recommended a caesarean section. Now what? We look at what happens during a caesarean, including pain relief options.


How to write your birth plan

Writing your birth plan? Ditch the list of demands and write a wishlist instead.


Emergency caesarean: why it can happen and what to expect

Sometimes, a birth may not go to plan. Here’s what to expect if you need an emergency C-section.


Make the most of your Extras

Mums-to-be deserve all the support they can get! Which is why our Growing Family packages include extras such as birthing classes, remedial massage and even physiotherapy. Δ

Medibank health support and services

As a Medibank member with hospital cover, you get more than just health insurance. You get extra support, when you need it most. 

24/7 Medibank Nurse

Health concerns keeping you up at night? With hospital cover you’re supported by Medibank nurses on our 24/7 Medibank Nurse phone service. ~

Mental Health Phone Support

Members with Hospital cover~ can talk with a mental health professional over the phone in relation to any mental health or emotional concern, 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

Health concierge

Eligible members with hospital cover can now talk to a member of our Health Concierge team for advice and guidance on preconception health, fertility, and how to have a healthy pregnancy, at no extra cost. #

Medibank has a wide range of health and wellbeing services to support eligible members who are planning on starting a family, expecting a new addition, or caring for their growing family.

Looking for more information?

We’ve collected useful information to help guide parents through the pregnancy stage of becoming a parent.

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Looking for something else?

Visit our Planning, Pregnancy and Parenthood homepage to find more tools and advice to help you at every stage of your journey.

Things you should know

~ OSHC members should call the Student Health and Support Line on 1800 887 283.

# Health Concierge is available to all eligible Medibank members who hold hospital cover. Excludes Overseas Visitor Health Cover, Working Visa Health Cover and Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC). Some referred services may involve out of pocket costs.

Δ Waiting periods and annual limits apply.

While we hope you find this information helpful, please note that it is general in nature. It is not health advice, and is not tailored to meet your individual health needs. You should always consult a trusted health professional before making decisions about your health care. While we have prepared the information carefully, we can’t guarantee that it is accurate, complete or up-to-date. And while we may mention goods or services provided by others, we aren’t specifically endorsing them and can’t accept responsibility for them. For these reasons we are unable to accept responsibility for any loss that may be sustained from acting on this information (subject to applicable consumer guarantees).