New model of care for pregnant women in FWLHD

Pregnant women will have the same midwife throughout their pregnancy including after birth under a new model of care being developed by the Far West Local Health District.

The new Midwifery Continuity of Care model is being developed under Midwifery Group Practice (MGP) whereby women have a ‘known’ midwife throughout their pregnancy, labour and into the postnatal period.

Interested people are being invited to contribute to the new model’s implementation.

“Under this model, women will ‘book in’ with their midwife early in pregnancy, and the same midwife cares for you throughout your pregnancy and is on call for your birth,” said Thea Ritchie, Registered Midwife and Midwifery Group Practice Project Officer.

“Your midwife visits you at home for the first 2-4 weeks once you’ve had your baby and your midwife consults with the doctor at the hospital throughout your pregnancy and continues to support you should you need to see the doctor for any complications.”

Ms Ritchie said to make sure the model meets the needs of the community a Focus Group is being held on Monday, 29 September at 10am at the Child and Family Health Centre.

“A group discussion will be guided by the midwives and a survey handed out. There will also be time to share your experiences, thoughts, ideas, suggestions and birth stories,” she said.

Everyone is welcome to attend including anyone only wishing to attend to find out more information. A morning tea will be provided.

Please call 08 8080 1386 if you wish to attend for catering purposes.

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