Nov 18
Care available for mothers and babies in Bourke

Did you know that Bourke Multipurpose Service (MPS) offers services for new mothers and their babies?

Following the birth of their child in Dubbo, healthy mothers and their babies can be transferred to Bourke MPS for postnatal care (care after the birth of a child).

This will allow parents time to get to know their new baby, establish feeding, and receive education and guidance. With the newly establish 'Welcome Home Garden', families have a space to meet and greet the arrival of the newest member of their family on arrival back to Bourke.

Postnatal care will be provided by Registered Nurses and Enrolled Nurses at Bourke MPS under the care of the on-call admitting doctor. The community-based midwife is also available for consultation.

Wireless technology called 'Wallys' are also used to consult with the team in Dubbo to provide patient care, to ensure parents and their baby receives the best possible care wherever they are.

In delivering these services to the local Bourke community, our aim is to:

  • Provide a culturally safe location to establish breastfeeding
  • Provide postnatal care close to home
  • Safe and timely transfer from Dubbo to their community
  • Time for the family to be introduced and welcome the baby
  • Minimise time away from family and key supports

Enrolled Nurses in Bourke who have been providing this service for many years will also spend time at Dubbo Hospital to further develop and enhance their skills. Local and outreach midwives are available to assist mothers to link them into the services both in Dubbo and Bourke.

Bourke MPS would also like to welcome two new outreach midwives to the team – Kellie Toole and Lou Gillman, who provide support and care for women in both Bourke and Dubbo. Julie Dorling also continues to provide support and guidance to the midwives in Bourke.

For any enquiries about services for new parents, mothers and their babies or young children, please call the Bourke MPS on (02) 6870 8888.

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