A new midwifery service at Dubbo Hospital Maternity will be launched on Monday, November 4.
The Western Midwifery Group will offer women of Dubbo a further choice for care during their pregnancy where they can elect to see the same midwife throughout the period of pregnancy, childbirth and post pregnancy.
Project Officer Judi Yeo said the new midwifery model of care will offer ‘normal risk’ women in the Dubbo area an option for continuity of midwifery care.
“We are very happy to be able to introduce this model of pregnancy care to Dubbo women,” Ms Yeo said.
“Our midwives are committed to supporting women and families in making well informed decisions around birth choices and to provide safe and individualised care which takes into account their personal preferences and needs.
“Most women on the WMG program go home within 4-24 hours after birth. Once at home the same midwife will continue to provide care for her and her baby in the comfort of their own home”.
Ms Yeo said women are encouraged to discuss which options are best suited to their needs with their doctor or midwife. Women with normal risk pregnancies who live within 30km of Dubbo are eligible.
“Places are limited and women interested in this model of care will be placed on an eligibility list and then contacted by midwives to make further arrangements”.
She said the WMG also offers a great opportunity for its midwives to work to their full capabilities and to have a change from the traditional working patterns in the hospital.
“It’s well recognised that models like this enable midwives the opportunity to work to their full scope of practice and to develop meaningful relationships with the women they care for and support.
All current models of pregnancy care will continue to be available at Dubbo Hospital.
For more information about the new WMG model of pregnancy care please phone 6885 7879.
Media Opportunity: Media are invited to attend the launch for photos, footage and interviews at 11am on Monday 4 November 2013. Please go to the Maternity Unit upstairs at Dubbo Hospital. Contact on the day is Judi Yeo – phone 6885 8698