Joondalup Community Midwifery Program brings home-birth maternity care to northern suburbs

Midwife Jayne Menzies, Dawn Lewis with her son Jaxon (11 months) and her mother Heather Clare, a retired CMP midwife, midwife Amanda Gammage and midwifery student Brooke Maloney. Picture: Martin Kennealey.
Midwife Jayne Menzies, Dawn Lewis with her son Jaxon (11 months) and her mother Heather Clare, a retired CMP midwife, midwife Amanda Gammage and midwifery student Brooke Maloney. Picture: Martin Kennealey.

A NEW dedicated community clinic that specialises in home-birthing is bringing easy-to-access maternity care to women in the northern suburbs.

The Joondalup Community Midwifery Program officially opened today, providing pregnancy health services for women throughout their antenatal, home or hospital birth and postnatal period.

The clinic also includes parent education classes and lactation support.

Situated at Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City, the clinic has an external facing entrance and easy access to parking.

Women who choose to use these services will have access to the same quality of care they would receive in a hospital with the added bonus of a more personalised relationship with their allocated midwife.

Established in 1996, the Community Midwifery Program is the only publically-funded home birth program of its kind in Australia.

Community Midwifery Program midwife Malita Duncan and client Lauren Papalia presenting the Joondalup visitors book to Health Minister Roger Cook.

It also offers the options of birthing at the Family Birth Centre, in stand-alone birthing rooms or at a public hospital with a known midwife, with a team of 14 midwives providing services from three clinics in Joondalup, Kalamunda and Cockburn.

“The new Joondalup clinic is bigger and better and most importantly, it offers a more convenient, community-based environment with a sole focus on maternity care for women in the northern suburbs,” Health Minister Roger Cook said.

“The Community Midwifery Program keeps healthcare closer to home by providing around 400 women per year with community based, midwifery-led care for low-risk women.”

The program operates under the governance of King Edward Memorial Hospital but works with clinicians throughout the Perth metropolitan area.

The midwives are also able to access several public hospitals so if a transfer becomes necessary, care remains seamless.