Jun 16
Orange Midwifery Group Practice Celebrates First Birthday

Orange Health Service’s Midwifery Group Practice (OMGP) will celebrate its first birthday on Wednesday 18 June with a morning tea celebration at Cook Park.

OMGP provides women and their families within the Orange district 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.

Leanne Casey, Nurse Unit Manager for Orange Health Service’s Women and Infants Unit, said the program provides continuity of care and has been a popular option for women with low-risk pregnancies since it was introduced 12 months ago.

“Over 240 women and their babies have been cared for under this program in the last year and we are really pleased that this option has been available for them in addition to our other excellent maternity care services,” Ms Casey said.

The program provides midwifery-led care to low risk women who are experiencing an uncomplicated pregnancy from 12 weeks gestation until two weeks after the birth of the baby. Seven midwives work as part of the OMGP team.

“The program gives women an opportunity to get to really know their midwife, and vice versa, as they see them for each antenatal appointment and are then cared for in labour by one of the group practice program midwives,” Ms Casey said.

“We are hoping to see the all of the families who have been cared for under the program so far at our birthday celebration”.

The morning tea will be held at the rotunda in Cook Park, Summer Street, Orange between 10am – 12pm on Wednesday 18 June. People attending are invited to bring a plate to share. A coffee van will be available for purchasing drinks.

Local women wanting to find out more about the Orange Midwifery Group Practice program should contact the Orange Health Service Antenatal Clinic on 6369 3270.

Media Contact: Vanessa Delaney 0417 511 738