The Broken Hill Midwifery Group Practice (BHMGP) at the Broken Hill Hospital Maternity Unit will celebrate its first birthday on Friday, 1 July 2016.
The Maternity Unit will be celebrating with a picnic in the park at Sturt Parkl from 11am to 2pm on Friday (1 July). Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Everyone is welcome to attend – BYO picnic rug. In the event of inclement weather, the event will take place in the Community Hall next to Sturt Park.
Launched last year, the BHMGP is a holistic, woman-centred and community focussed continuity of midwifery care model. This model allows women to have a known midwife provide their care during pregnancy, birth and for up to 6 weeks at home with their baby. The benefits of having a known midwife provide care during the transition to parenthood is well documented in research.
“Broken Hill Maternity have received an overwhelmingly positive response to the MGP program from the Far West community which has been reflected in satisfaction surveys,” said Mrs Elizabeth Bennett, Maternity Unit Manager, Broken Hill Health Service.
“When asked what they find beneficial about the program, the women often mention the relationship they have with their midwife, developing a bond and feeling comfortable with them, not having to repeat their story, being able to call on their midwife anytime for advice and feeling less stressed during labour and birth with their known midwife’s support,” she said.
The BHMGP proudly provides care to all women in the community and surrounding districts, giving access to this gold-standard of maternity care .
“This is a significant achievement for a rural/remote maternity service,” said Mrs Bennett.
This has been recognised nationally, with the Broken Hill Maternity leadership team being invited to share the story about this unique program and its development with the broader health industry, universities and midwifery alumni. The BHMGP recently won the Judges Award in the 2016 Far West LHD Innovation Awards.