NEW MUMS who need at home help will turn to St John of God Health Care’s home nursing support more than ever before.
The maternity care provider last year cared for more than 2000 new mums in their homes and completed more than 3000 home visits – an increase from 2016 where they cared for more than 1400 mums during 2000 home visits.
St John of God Health Choices lactation consultant Kate McDougall visited Falcon resident and mother-of-three Christina McCann for help with her two youngest children after giving birth.
“I experienced really bad mastitis with my Adam and it was Kate who came and visited me the day after I was discharged from hospital and saw how sick I was and made sure I got to a doctor and received the care I needed,” she said.
“Then with my now seven-month-old Ayleea, we had a plan in place for Kate to come and see me as soon as possible and continuing seeing me at home to help me and ensure I didn’t have the same experience.
“I don’t have any family here so without St John of God Health Choices and Kate, I don’t know what else I would have done.”
St John of God Health Choices WA general manager Tom McConnell said the increase showed that new mums were seeking more access to ongoing care with almost 1000 home visits already completed this year.
“Our home visiting midwives and lactation consultants are able to provide support and advice on their baby’s wellbeing and assist with breastfeeding and lactation as well as performing general baby health checks,” he said.