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Bourke Maternity

16 April 2016

To ensure a safe and sustainable model of care for both mother and baby, Bourke women should receive all ante-natal care from 38 weeks by Dubbo maternity services until the birth of their baby at Dubbo Hospital.

Enjoying the new Dubbo maternity rooms

Kristy Knight and Samara Milgate have shared their experiences in giving birth in Dubbo’s new maternity unit. Samara pictured with baby Clara Ruby described her experience in Dubbo as great. “I found the staff very helpful and friendly and loved being able to have my family with me in the single room” she said. Samara stayed in one of the recommended motels for IPTAAS (Isolated Patient Transport and Accommodation Assistance Scheme) and was appreciative of the help from Aboriginal Health Worker Kelly Lienish AMIHS (Aboriginal Maternal Infant Health Strategy) and the lady from IPTTAS who helped complete the forms.

Kristy pictured with baby Jackson summed up her experience as “so pleasant”. Kristy had her previous babies in the old maternity unit at Dubbo and loved that fact that at the new maternity area she had her own room and could have her family with her. Kristy found the staff very supportive and friendly and said they were responsive to her needs and encouraging of her desire to breastfeed. Kristy was not aware of the accommodation assistance options that were available and had made her own motel arrangements. “If I had known about the recommended motels and IPTAAS I would have used them” Kristy said.​

Progress on the family garden

Last year Bourke Health Service started work on designing a family garden. The garden plan has been drawn and Health Service Manager Pat Canty will be talking to women and families for their feedback about the garden design.

See us on YouTube

Western NSW Local Health District has a clip on YouTube about the new Dubbo Maternity Unit. Search WNSW LHD on YouTube or click on this link to view it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PL1YT-Cidzs

Did you know

Some motels in Dubbo have partnered with IPTAAS to provide bulk billing accommodation for expectant mothers from Bourke who have to temporarily locate to Dubbo before their baby is born. The Bourke Community Health and the AMIHS team can help you with organising this accommodation. Contact the Bourke Community Health Centre for more information on 6870 8883 .​