MIRANDA Harris couldn't have asked for a warmer welcome to motherhood.

The new Rockhampton mother gave birth to her first child, baby boy Luca Williams at Rockhampton Hospital two weeks ago and is one of the first mothers to take advantage of the hospital's new model of maternity care called Midwifery Group Practice.

Since August, pregnant women in Rockhampton have had access to this caseload model of care.

One or two midwives care for a woman throughout her pregnancy from antenatal classes to the birth suite and post-natal care.

Ms Harris said the ongoing support from hospital staff and midwives was outstanding.

"It's been really good and I've enjoyed having the midwives that I've had, they've been really helpful and there's been a lot of ongoing support," Ms Harris said.

Queensland Minister for Health Lawrence Springborg (pictured) unveiled the new midwifery model in Rockhampton yesterday and said support for Queensland mothers and their families is at the top of his agenda.

"Not only is it popular with families, this model of care is proven to have better outcomes, with less chance of complication," Mr Springborg said.

"Our government is very much committed to the needs and requirements of mothers and their families in this state.

"Mothers want greater choices; they feel more comfortable when they have a continuity of care with the midwife from the moment their pregnancy is identified, right through to the whole birth experience and after the birth as well.

"It's about mothers, their families, their infant's needs and having what they need which is a real connectedness of care."

 

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