Enhancing care at the Mercy Family Birth Centre

Mercy Hospital for Women�s Family Birth Centre will soon be implementing a model of care known as Maternity Group Practice. The Australian Nurses and Midwives Federation (ANMF) were consulted throughout the planning process and, last week, the model received an overwhelming �yes� vote from midwives at Mercy Hospital for Women.

Maternity Group Practice promotes continuity of care, enabling a woman to be cared for by one midwife during her pregnancy, at the birth of her baby, and post-birth in the comfort of her own home. The model also enables more women to birth their babies in the homelike environment of the Family Birth Centre and shares the same low-intervention philosophy the Centre is known and cherished for.

�We�re extremely excited to be introducing Maternity Group Practice to the Family Birth Centre,� said Andrea Williamson, Birthing Services Manager, Mercy Hospital for Women. �I�ve worked in this model in other hospitals and to me it�s what midwifery is all about � caring for a woman throughout her entire pregnancy, assisting a woman to birth her baby and then providing post natal care. Creating that special bond between a woman and her carer makes for such a rewarding pregnancy and birthing experience.�

Full implementation of the Maternity Group Practice model is likely to be complete in early 2014 though exact start dates are yet to be confirmed. �We�ve had many calls from women eager to be part of Maternity Group Practice and our midwives are equally as excited. It�s a fantastic enhancement of the Family Birth Centre and we�re looking forward to getting started as soon as possible.�

For more information on Maternity Group Practice in the Family Birth Centre, visit mercyhealth.com.au or visit us on Facebook: facebook.com/MercyHealthCareFirst.

To read previous news stories on the new model of care go to:

Family Birth Centre moves to new model of care. (28/06/13)
Introducing Maternity Group Practice at the Mercy Family Birth Centre (20/11/13)


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Date Published:  9 September 2013 

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