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Leaving room for the miracle.

A birth is a profound experience. But it is so much more than that: It is a miracle. Something sacred. The most fantastic gift that nature has given us.


Nine month

You are expecting a baby. In the past in German it was said: to be full of hope. The hope being that both mother and child would survive the birth.  


Hebamme<span>Leaving room for the miracle.</span>
Hebamme<span>Leaving room for the miracle.</span>

Three qualities

Knowledge, time and thoughtfulness.


Hebamme<span>Leaving room for the miracle.</span>
Hebamme<span>Leaving room for the miracle.</span>

One day

The birth. As harmonious as possible. As safe as is necessary. 


My path

 It’s wonderful when it happens: When you feel called to something.


My Path

It’s wonderful when it happens: When you feel called to something. I have had the unbelievable luck that exactly this has happened to me – during the pregnancy and birth of my first child. The support of my midwife left such a lasting impression on me that I had only one thought in my head: I’m going to become a midwife.

And this despite the fact that my life was on a totally different path… At that time I was studying Russian and Media Communications and had no ambitions whatsoever to work in the field of healthcare. But my interest in midwifery didn’t go away. I even started to go to congresses before I started my training to become a midwife. Today I have four children (16, 14, 10 and 5) and a job that wholly and completely satisfies me. I am a midwife in my heart and soul – and am still fascinated by the work of an independent midwife. I also really enjoy teaching at the University of Applied Sciences for Midwifery in Klagenfurt and being able to pass on my knowledge, my experience – and my love for the job. I find it extremely important that midwives get a good education. So that they understand what is happening during a birth. Not just with the head – but also with the heart.

Last but not least, I would like at this point to also mention my wonderful husband, the father of my children – without whom I would never have been able to carry out my work to this degree of intensity.

Nine months

Februar 24, 2015

You are expecting a baby. In the past in German it was said: to be full of hope. The hope being that both mother and child would survive the birth.

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Nine months

Februar 24, 2015 . By Zala Hebamme . Leave Comment

You are expecting a baby. In the past in German it was said: to be full of hope. The hope being that both mother and child would survive the birth. Today these hopes have multiplied significantly: Because a woman today only gives birth to a small number of children – maybe just one – so everything has to run optimally. A dream birth. If possible, without any remaining risks.

"Indeed a birth remains one thing above all others: a miracle. For you. For every woman. And also for me as a midwife."

My knowledge and experience of this miracle is exactly what I bring into the equation: Knowledge of the uniqueness of this moment. My willingness to support you with everything that you need, in order to bring your child safely into the world. In all your strength. You manage to do this. And I am at your side.

 

What i can do
for you

Februar 24, 2015

You should bring your baby into the world in the way you feel is right for you, in the place where you feel most comfortable.

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What i can do
for you

Februar 24, 2015 . By Zala Hebamme . Leave Comment

You should bring your baby into the world in the way you feel is right for you, in the place where you feel most comfortable. Whether that is on your own couch or in the hospital bed. Dogma is foreign to me – I am there to support you.This is why I offer you a range of care packages, from which you can choose the optimal midwife accompaniment for you personally:

    • Pregnancy consultation between weeks 18 and 22 in accordance with the Mother-Child Pass
    • Support during pregnancy by means of antenatal care
    • Preparation for childbirth and parenthood (Weekend antenatal classes for couples)
    • Support during a home birth
    • Support during rushes
    • Counselling following an outpatient birth (You give birth in hospital, but come home within 24 hours of delivering your baby; I take over the counselling straight away)
    • Counselling following early discharge from hospital (You give birth to your baby in hospital, but return home at the latest on the third day following the delivery)
     

    Are you unsure about what’s right for you? I am happy to advise you. Please arrange an appointment for a one-to-one talk by emailing me at info@zala-hebamme.at or calling on +43/ (0)650/7403210.

What you can do
for yourself

Februar 24, 2015

Surround yourself with nice things. Read books that inspire you. Smell fresh flowers and listen to your favourite music.

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What you can do
for yourself

Februar 24, 2015 . By Zala Hebamme . Leave Comment

Surround yourself with nice things. Read books that inspire you. Smell fresh flowers and listen to your favourite music. Meet up with friends that do you good. Everything that you experience is not just input for you, but also for your baby.

Spend time in nature. Sunrise, sunset, rainbows: A course in miracles – at no cost.

Laugh. Those who laugh, feel alive. Laughing makes you happy. And when you are happy, so too is your baby.

Keep a pregnancy diary. Keep a record of this very special time for you – and for your baby.

Spend more time offline. Pregnancy is a wonderful opportunity to reduce your internet consumption. Your facebook community doesn’t need a day-to-day update on the size of your tummy.

Enjoy the peace and quiet. It will soon become more turbulent inside your four walls. Actively enjoy the „quiet moments“ (this of course only holds true for first-time mums)

Be creative. Do some arts and crafts, paint or write poetry! Pregnancy is a “Time for change“ and as with all such times it brings with it endless creative potential.

Be aware of your diet.   It’s likely that you can’t listen any more to: You should eat healthily - lot of fruit and lots of vegetables. It really is true that by eating healthily you’re doing something good for yourself and for your baby! No dietary supplements in the world can compete. We wish you bon appétit.

Enjoy time with your partner.   Of course the hormones bring some changes to everyday life. Maybe you are more sensitive than usual? Maybe your partner is unsure about things? Whatever the case is: It is only as a result of this partnership that new life has developed in you. Allow your partner to spoil you and show some understanding if they don’t jump at your every whim…

Take it easy.  The wallpaper in the nursery hasn’t been finished yet? The baby-changing table still needs to be put together? Don’t panic. The most important thing your baby needs: is a relaxed mother.

Antenetal classes

Februar 24, 2015

The Course – Fathers welcome!

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Antenetal classes

Februar 24, 2015 . By Zala Hebamme . Leave Comment

Time: Once a month, always Fridays from 16-20 and Saturdays from 9-13, so that your partners can also participate.

Place: You will be informed of the location on registering. Please contact me if you’re interested in a course and I will give you all further information!

What’s it all about? Preparation for the birth is also always about getting the parents into the right frame of mind for parenthood. It is personally important to me that the partners participate because I want to give the men the tools they need to support the women in the most effective way.

And what else? I ensure that you get information about pregnancy, birth and the time after birth – so that you can better understand what happens, have no fear and can deal in a more self determined way with this very special situation. You should know that a lot of decisions lie with you – you can decide on a lot more than you know! The course also offers the two of you the possibility to take 4 hours time-out together. For each other. Including relaxation and massage techniques.

Is the course also of interest to women who have already given birth? Absolutely. I recommend this course to every woman, who has already given birth to a child (or children). You are all the more challenged before the birth because you also have to take care of your other children. In this case, this course offers you the possibility to get into the right frame of mind and focus on the birth. And to remind yourself about what counts. And what is important in these moments.

I’m looking forward to meeting you! Please sign up at info@zala-hebamme.at or +43/(0)650/7403210.

Three qualities

Februar 24, 2015

Knowledge, Time and Thoughtfulness.

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Three qualities

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KNOWLEDGE.

My acquisition of knowledge did not end with the completion of my training as a midwife. The opposite is the case. I am continually learning, I’m interested in old midwife knowledge and I’m weaving together many new threads of knowledge – like, for example, the influence of birthing hormones on the later life of the children. I’m looking forward to passing on my knowledge and experience to you. I’ve been teaching at the University of Applied Sciences for Midwifery in Klagenfurt since 2007. It is wonderful to be able to accompany young colleagues in their acquisition of skills, which with good reason have always been considered an “Art”.

TIME.

We have all the time in the world. I take time for you. Very consciously. If you want, I am available for you around the clock.

THOUGHTFULNESS.

I will never lecture you. Never. I always try to be aware of your needs. I accompany you and give you my complete attention and try to get a sense of how you need me to support you. My aim is for you to recognise that: I can manage this. And I can manage it by myself. Because I am in control.

One day

Februar 24, 2015

The birth. As harmonious as possible. As safe as is necessary.

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One day

Februar 24, 2015 . By Zala Hebamme . Leave Comment

Of course you have concerns: Will everything go okay? Will I be able to hold a healthy baby in my arms? How will our family life change? EA birth is a profound experience. But it is so much more than that: It is a miracle. Something sacred. The most fantastic gift that nature has given us.

The birth. As harmonious as possible. As safe as is necessary.

Aware of this, I accompany you: In the knowledge that every woman is unique, every birth one-of-a-kind. A liminal experience that needs major attentiveness – and respect for life, for the individual, for your needs.

Hence the increased importance of needing to create an atmosphere of trust: which encourages a feeling of security and reassurance. It is my responsibility to find out what you need in every moment of the birth. I will give you strength so that you can grow beyond what you think your limitations are. And give your baby a good start in life.

In addition to suitable surroundings, you naturally also need good solid midwifery knowledge: What is the baby doing in this moment, what is the mother doing? How do both work together? I use my knowledge and experience so that you feel safe and secure. And are in the full of your strength.

 

Your Questions

“At which point during pregnancy is it advisable to make contact with a midwife?”

As soon as the pregnancy is confirmed it makes sense to contact a midwife – in order to talk about which path you want to take. The earlier, the better. There is, however, never a point at which it is “too late“.

“I have numerous guidebooks to pregnancy and giving birth at home. Should I read them all?”

Please don’t! Too much information is too much of a good thing. Instead take to heart my „What you can do for yourself“ list. In the antenatal classes, which you are recommended to attend between week 31 and week 34, you will find out everything you need to know about pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period.

“Despite the fact that I always wanted children, I was taken by surprise by the pregnancy and at the beginning I couldn’t really be happy about it. Will this have a negative impact on my child?”

You should first of all know that you are not alone with these feelings! Many pregnant women feel the same way. Fact is: Only some two out of ten children are planned. All the others “just happened“. It’s practical that a woman is pregnant for nine months, during this time she has time get used to the idea of having a child. This also means: It does not have a negative impact on the child if you need time to welcome the baby and become happy about the idea of having the baby.

“I have the feeling that my partner isn’t dealing very well with the changes in and on my body…”

Pregnancy naturally brings about major physical changes and has a major impact on the partnership. Here communication with each other is crucial. I, as a midwife, feel responsible to “translate“ the feelings of the woman and communicate these to her partner. Most men only want one thing: That the woman and baby are doing okay. For this reason, it is especially important to me that the men take part in the antenatal classes. Here they learn how and with what they can support their female partner – during and also after the birth.

“If I’m honest, I have to say: I am worried about the birth. Is a home birth an option for me at all?”

The fact that you are uncertain is completely normal! Where the birth should take place and what the best option for you is, you will find out over the course of the pregnancy and with the advice of your midwife. Actually: There isn’t just one right way. The right way is only the right way when you are happy with the decision.

“Will you understand if shortly before the birth I decide to go for another option – for example, decide to have the baby in hospital rather than at home?”

Don’t worry: You will always have all options open. Nothing is set in stone. A birth is a dynamic process. It might be the case that a woman that absolutely wanted to give birth in hospital then wants to have a home birth, or vice versa. It is important to think flexibly – and act flexibly.

“And what if it is necessary to get medical help?”

I work in an expansive network and work closely together with lots of different professionals – for example, gynaecologists, paediatricians, osteopaths or physiotherapists. If it is necessary to get their help during the pregnancy, birth or in the postnatal period, this network can be activated immediately.

“Is it possible to have a water birth or a birth on a birthing stool?”

Everything is possible. You should bear in mind, however, that you will only know during the birth what is good for you. It is possible that you are very interested in having a water birth, but during the birth you don’t feel comfortable in water. In any case, you have the possibility during labour to try out different forms of birthing aids.

“Do we need to renovate our apartment in order to have a home birth? Do we need extra equipment? “

Don’t worry: you only need a few square metres for the birth. The midwife has all the necessary medical utensils with her. Where you give birth in the end is decided during the birth. It is important to have a source of heat– both the woman and baby shouldn’t have to freeze during the birth. Everything else, like sheets or a bowl, you’ll have at home anyway. And: After having a home birth there is no need to renovate the house either – and your partner won’t even need to clean either. It is a lot less trouble than a future birthday party for your child!

 

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Contact

T. 0043 (0) 650 74 03 210

Stift-Viktring-Straße 8
A-9073 Viktring
info@zala-hebamme.at
www.zala-hebamme.at

LEAVING ROOM FOR THE MIRACLE.

 

 
 
 

Responsible for the content :
Zala Pušnik, Mag.a Dipl. Hebamme
Stift Viktringstr. 8
9073 Viktring, Austria
T. 0043 (0) 650 74 03 210
info@zala-hebamme.at
www.zala-hebamme.at

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Bernhard Kreuter
Linsengasse 29
9020 Klagenfurt am Wörthersee, Austria
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Photos:
Stefan Schweiger / photographer
Winklern 17
9063 Maria Saal, Austria
winklern17@gmail.com
www.stefanschweiger.com

General terms and conditions

Zala Pušnik works as an independent midwife. Her place of residence is A-9073 Viktring and she is registered here in the midwife register of the Austrian Board of Midwives (Hebammenregister des österreichischen Hebammengremiums) with the number 1881.

The contract of treatment between Zala Pušnik (hereafter referred to as “private midwife”) and the pregnant woman/woman giving birth/woman in the post-natal period (hereafter referred to as “client”) is regulated by these general terms and conditions.

Signing of the Contract:

The contract of treatment between the private midwife and the client comes into effect following the first consultation, which is subject to a charge, and the signing of the contract of treatment and the agreed catalogue of services.

The private midwife has the right to refuse a contract of treatment without providing concrete reasons, in particular when the necessary relationship of trust with the client is not to be expected.

Terms of the Contract:

The exact service description of the contract of treatment results from the catalogue of services agreed between the private midwife and the client.

The private midwife is generally not bound to providing services at one particular location. Whereby, the provision of services in the majority of cases takes place at the residence of the client.

The Clients Obligations of Cooperation:

The client is obliged to provide the midwife with truthful information regarding circumstances, which, from the perspective of the private midwife, are considered necessary to ensure the wellbeing of the client, the newborn and the baby. It is necessary for the client to provide the private midwife with all the information relevant for the activities of the midwife, particularly information regarding health problems and medical conditions.

The client is obliged as part of the initial examination to provide the private midwife with all necessary information. This obligation of cooperation also falls on the client over the course of subsequent examinations.

The client is obliged to immediately inform the private midwife of any changes in their personal data or place of residence.

With regard to facts and confidential information that have been imparted, the private midwife is obliged by law (§ 7 des Hebammengesetzes (HebG)/ § 7 of the Midwifery Law) to maintain confidentiality.

In the case of the private midwife being impeded from carrying out agreed services, the client is required to take up recommended professional follow-up care.

Should the client not be able to reach the midwife, the client is obliged to make contact with the recommended contact person as named by the private midwife.

The private midwife may withdraw from the contract of treatment, if the client does not fulfil the obligations of cooperation.

Termine:

Appointments are arranged individually with the client, and agreed appointments are to be kept.

Should it not be possible to keep an appointment for important reasons, this information must be imparted to the midwife in person or by telephone at least 24 hours before the scheduled appointment.

Should the appointment not be cancelled within the time period stated above or not take place at all without explanation, the client is required to pay the private midwife a compensation fee to the amount of € 50.00 per missed hour of treatment. The health insurance provider will not reimburse these costs.

Authority of representation:

The private midwife provides the majority of services themselves. She can however be replaced by a suitable person. The person taking over the midwife’s duties is subject to the same obligations as those the midwife agreed to in this contract. In particular, this person is also bound to confidentiality.

In the case that the midwife is impeded from providing the agreed services, the private midwife will try to organise professional follow-up care for the client. Whereby, referral to a clinic is also deemed as professional follow-up care.

Inability to Carry out Duties:

In the case of illness or long term absence the midwife is obliged to promptly notify the client of their inability to carry out their duties as soon as this is known, or in the case of absence, at least four weeks before the occurence of this event.

Costs of Treatment, Consultation and Medical Care:

The services provided by the midwife are to be specifically agreed on and invoiced. Whereby, the fee is payable to the private midwife after provision of the agreed individual services.

Should the agreed service not be provided, though not through the fault of the private midwife, who was willing to provide the service, she is owed compensation according to point 5.3.

The client is informed of the costs of the private midwife by means of the provision of a sample quotation. The sums provided are net sums.

Payment Conditions:

The conditions of payment are to be agreed individually. In the case of no prior agreement, one invoice is provided at the end of the treatment.

On-call duty is to be paid in the 37th week of pregnancy following receipt of invoice.

Delay of Payment:

In the case of a delay of payment, the client will be charged interest at the legal rate of (currently) 4%:

The private midwife is entitled to invoice reminder fees at the rate of € 10.00 for each written reminder.

Termination of Contract:

Both parties of the contract have the right to terminate the existing contract of treatment without providing concrete reasons at any point and with immediate effect by written declaration.

The private midwife may end the contractual relationship to the client unilaterally without providing concrete reasons, or may terminate the contract of treatment taking into account all duties of protection and duties of due care. Whereby, the private midwife is not required to support the client in the process of finding another midwife support.

The midwife has the right to terminate the treatment, in particular if the client ignores the treatment recommendations, the necessary information for examination and diagnosis provided are incorrect or incomplete, or if the therapeutic measures are ignored.

In any case, the private midwife has the right to claim for costs for treatment, consultation and medical care provided until the termination of the contract.

Changes to the Contract

Changes to the contract may only be made in written form.

Court of Jurisdiction:

Any disputes arising from the existing contract of treatment shall be decided exclusively by the competent court in Klagenfurt.

Final Provisions:

Should a regulation of this contract become ineffective or invalid, the effectiveness of the remaining regulations shall remain unaffected.

The contracting parties undertake to replace the invalid provisions with valid provisions, which shall correspond as closely as possible with the said invalid provisions.

The mutual rights and obligations of the contracting parties are governed by this contract.

In the event of contradictions in this contract, the following sources of law shall apply in the order of precedence shown below:

Provisions of the Midwifery Law / Hebammengesetzes (HebG);

Provisions of the Austrian Civil Code / Allgemeinen bürgerlichen Gesetzesbuches (ABGB).