The Broken Hill Health Service is launching a holistic maternity service model that allows pregnant women to have continuity of care with a known midwife during pregnancy, birth and the early postnatal period.
The Broken Hill Midwifery Group Practice (BHMGP) will be launched by the Broken Hill Health Service on 3 July 2015.
“This is an exciting transition for the Broken Hill hospital maternity service,” said Mrs Elizabeth Bennett, Broken Hill Hospital Midwifery Unit Manager.
“Whilst there are already many MGPs operating around Australia, Broken Hill hospital will be one of the first to offer all women in the community and surrounding districts access to this gold-standard of maternity care”.
The model has been developed after extensive consultation with women, midwives, obstetricians and paediatricians, as well as stakeholders including Maari Ma Health Aboriginal Corporation (Maari Ma), The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS), Child & Family Health and General Practitioners.
“The BHMGP will work in collaboration with other health professionals to provide continuity of care to all pregnant women, including those that receive shared-care through Maari Ma and the RFDS,” said Mrs Bennett.
“Women who are currently ‘booked in’ to have their baby at Broken Hill hospital are advised that their allocated midwife will contact them directly to explain the transition in early July. This midwife will become their primary carer for the duration of their pregnancy.”
The BHMGP will be officially launched with a morning tea in the hospital foyer courtyard on Friday 3 July from 10am to 12 noon. The Far West community are invited to join in this celebration which will also serve as an opportunity for expectant mums to meet the midwives. One lucky mum-to-be will also win a blissful lucky door prize.
For more information about the BHMGP, please phone Broken Hill hospital maternity unit on 08 8080 1386.