Mercy Hospital for Women's newest birthing model has helped birth more than 400 babies in its first year. The Maternity Group Practice was officially launched on Monday 10 February 2014, allowing mothers to be cared for by the same midwife throughout the term of their pregnancy.
The model includes 10 midwives working in an on-call capacity. As expectant mothers book in to the hospital they are allocated a midwife who provides their antenatal care. When women go into labour they call their primary midwife who provides phone support and suggests coping strategies until labour becomes well established.
Clinical Midwife Consultant Kym Harrison said the midwife will then meet the woman and her partner at the hospital to provide labour and birth care.
"Most of the time, women are discharged home from birthing services within 12 hours of giving birth," Kym said. "Regardless of their length of stay, MGP midwives provide postnatal care at home for up to two weeks post birth."
Mothers who have experienced the new model have provided extremely positive reviews:
- - "The care I received was excellent, I trusted my midwife 100 per cent and I can't speak highly enough of my experience"
- - "My midwife was calm, but firm and only enhanced the faith that I had in myself that I could do it"
- - "Sensitive and attentive. We felt safe and in very good capable hands"
Mercy Hospital for Women staff will celebrate the one-year anniversary at 2pm on Friday 13 February in the Level 4 seminar room. This will be followed by an afternoon tea in the adjacent glassed area.