Pregnant partnership

Midwife Keryn Omacini with expecting parents Jeanette and Steven Murray. Picture: Marcelo Palacios                www.communitypix.com.au   d435317
Midwife Keryn Omacini with expecting parents Jeanette and Steven Murray. Picture: Marcelo Palacios               www.communitypix.com.au d435317

The Midwifery Group Practice (MGP) was officially launched yesterday by Health Minister Kim Hames.

The service allocates expecting mothers to a midwife who will care for them throughout their pregnancy, from the moment they are booked into the hospital for antenatal care through to labour, birth and the postnatal stage.

It is the first MGP to be introduced to the south-eastern suburbs.

Clinical midwifery manager Sarah Weightman helped to establish the MGP at Armadale Kelmscott Memorial Hospital.

Mrs Weightman said it was based on a continuity of carer model that is used in most other countries interstate.

�The women are offered a primary midwife who leads their care,� she said.

�They don�t have to retell their whole story whenever they see a midwife.�

Expectant mothers were previously seen by whichever midwife was rostered on at the hospital.

Armadale resident Jeanette Murray, who is 13 weeks pregnant with her third child, said in the past, she had gone to private hospitals to receive care similar to what the MGP offers.

But now she could easily access it in Armadale.

�It�s much more comforting knowing I�m going to have a small group of people around me when I give birth,� she said.

�Because it�s such a personal thing, it�s really beneficial to get to know your midwife.

�They�re with you throughout the journey and they know everything; you don�t have to relay your story to them each time you go.

�They also come to your home to visit, which is really helpful, especially with two young kids.�

The Midwifery Group Practice clinic, located in Kelmscott, has a team of four midwives looking after pregnant women who choose the service.

Another team of midwives will move into the clinic from Armadale Kelmscott Memorial Hospital in the next few months as the service is expected to be in demand.

Women can still be seen by midwives at the hospital if they prefer.

For more information, visit www.ahs.health.wa.gov.au.