CARING FOR MUMS: (Seated) Anjeliza Wanstall (with Eliza), Tracey Hynes, Yvette Walters, (standing) Tabitha Humphreys, Julie Snee, Liz Clare, Amelia Herring (with Sophia) and Caitlin Wiersma discuss Rockhampton Hospital’s maternity care.
CARING FOR MUMS: (Seated) Anjeliza Wanstall (with Eliza), Tracey Hynes, Yvette Walters, (standing) Tabitha Humphreys, Julie Snee, Liz Clare, Amelia Herring (with Sophia) and Caitlin Wiersma discuss Rockhampton Hospital’s maternity care. Contributed

New midwife model for pregnancy and post-natal care

MIDWIVES will be by the side of expectant mums from their antenatal classes to the birth suite.

This is part of a new model set to be rolled out at Rockhampton Hospital next month.

The new caseload midwifery model will mean one or two midwives will care for a woman through her pregnancy and through to post-natal care, with close connections to obstetricians and doctors.

Project consultant Tracey Hynes said that women love the continuity of care with a known midwife.

"This model of care has been used for many years in Europe and England," Ms Hynes said.

"And it is becoming more and more popular in Australia.

"Research shows there are better outcomes for families

"This is because there is a real connection made between the midwives and their women."

Midwifery Unit Manager Liz Clare met with maternity coalition members to talk about the new model and to also collect feedback on birthing services at the hospital.

"It is vital to involve young families in discussions around any changes to our models of care," she said.

"After all, they are the ones who will gain the benefit from this service.

"We need to ensure we meet the needs of our community.

"Information we receive from young mothers on their birthing experiences is extremely valuable when it comes to developing a safe, quality and responsive maternity service."

MIDWIVES FACTS   In ancient Egypt, midwifery was a recognised occupation   During the Christian era in Europe midwives became important to the church due to their role in emergency baptisms  


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