Jul 13
�Know Your Midwife� Program a Winner With Local Mother

A model of care for pregnant women, ‘Know Your Midwife’ is a unique rural midwifery service that helps provide a trusting and supportive relationship between families, their known midwife, GPs and the Lachlan Health Service.

The ‘Know Your Midwife’ Program provides continuity of care for women, with individuals allocated a midwife to care for them through their journey of pregnancy, birthing and postnatal care.

A mother who recently gave birth at the new Parkes Hospital said the ‘Know Your Midwife’ Program allowed her to feel safe and supported through the journey of child birth.

“The new model of care worked very well for me. I knew who my primary carer was at all times, and could contact them anytime,” Ms Susanah Blatch said.

“As my due date came and went, my midwife would check in at regular intervals and I could get in touch whenever I felt the need.”

“They knew my birth plan and stories weren’t told twice.”

“Even after the birth, I have been able to call, message and visit the hospital for follow up appointments. I continue to feel supported by the wonderful team,” she said.

Susanah said she would recommend the ‘Know Your Midwife’ Program to other mothers, also praising the new Parkes facility.

“The birth suites are amazing. I couldn’t wait to get into the enormous bath, and once I was in there it was hard to get me out!” Susanah said.

“We are lucky to have such a fabulous hospital and team of midwives and doctors; it really is superior to any I have heard about elsewhere.”

Lachlan Health Service Midwifery Unit Manager, Johanne Burke said the Program is an internationally recognised model of care which brings women central to the decisions around their own care.

“Antenatal care appointments and post natal care support can be attended in the home at a time convenient to both the new mother and her midwife. These options help the smooth transition to early parenthood for new mothers,” Ms Burke said.

“Ensuring mothers are at the centre of their own care through their pregnancy and early postnatal care is extremely important to us.”

“Our midwives are excited about this new model of care as it allows mothers to be central to the decisions through their journey to parenthood,” she said.

Mothers planning to birth elsewhere are also catered for, and are encouraged to visit Lachlan Health Service to discuss postnatal care services.

The ‘Know Your Midwife’ Program can support towns within a 100km radius of Parkes including Forbes, Condobolin, Peak Hill, Trundle, Tullamore, Fifield, Bogan Gate, Eugowra, Canowindra, Manildra and Yeoval.

“We are encouraging all women interested in the Program to come and see us at Parkes so we can allocate you a primary midwife to guide you through your exciting journey,” Ms Burke said.

“We are hoping to roll the Program out in Forbes later this year.”

The ‘Know Your Midwife’ Program commenced in Parkes in April 2016. Parkes Maternity can be connected on (02) 6861 2430.

Media enquiries:Brendan Williams, Media Manager, Western NSW Local Health District via brendan.williams@health.nsw.gov.au