Clarkson’s Perth Pregnancy Centre celebrates growth of delivering community-based care

Kayleigh Cant (Quinns Rocks) with Ivy, Linda Wilson (owner of Perth Pregnancy Centre), Jenny Arnold (midwife) and Olivia Aukland (Alkimos) with Charlotte (2).  Photo: Martin Kennealey
Kayleigh Cant (Quinns Rocks) with Ivy, Linda Wilson (owner of Perth Pregnancy Centre), Jenny Arnold (midwife) and Olivia Aukland (Alkimos) with Charlotte (2). Photo: Martin Kennealey

MIDWIVES, mothers and babies gathered in Jindalee this month to celebrate the Perth Pregnancy Centre’s second anniversary.

About 35 mothers or expectant mothers with 29 babies and children joined the morning tea at Jindalee Beach Shack on Wednesday, February 13.

It followed a formal celebration at the Clarkson centre on February 6 with founders Linda Wilson and Gaynor Ward, support obstetrician Stas Vashevnik and Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts, as well as midwives, a student midwife, Bumpity Bump Physiotherapy and clients.

Linda Wilson (co-founder of PPC), Gaynor Ward (co-founder of PPC), Honourable Mayor Tracey Roberts, Jenny Arnold (eligible midwife at PPC), Gina Emery (eligible midwife at PPC), Dr Stas Vashevnik (supporting Obstetrician), and Grace Green (future PPC midwife). Photo: Carly Sinden Photography

Located in Clarkson’s Key Largo Professional Centre, the centre has been providing care to the women in the northern suburbs since 2017 and is Perth’s only bulk billed midwifery centre.

Co-founder Linda Wilson said it delivered community-based, antenatal and postnatal care to women and their families with midwives providing safe, women-centred care throughout pregnancy and for six weeks following the birth of their baby.

Mrs Wilson said the centre worked with GPs, child health nurses and other allied health professionals to offer a holistic service to women.

Mothers, mothers-to-be and their children joined the Perth Pregnancy Centre celebration in Jindalee. Photo: Carly Sinden Photography

The clinic also has an experienced, certified lactation consultant and clients can access onsite counselling and physiotherapy.

“Perth Pregnancy Centre has a shared care agreement with Dr Vashevnik so women can access bulk billed midwifery-led care and use their health insurance to birth in a private hospital,” Mrs Wilson said.

She said in the past two years, the centre had welcomed another three midwives, two receptionists and an onsite women’s help physiotherapist.

Tracey Foster (Merriwa) with Izzy (13 weeks). Photo: Martin Kennealey

“Joondalup Health Campus has also embraced the services offered by PPC to provide ongoing safe and effective care to women in the hospital’s catchment area,” she said.

“It has truly been a year for growth.”

Kim Clarke (Kingsley) with Sophia and Michelle Dunne (Pearsall) with Heidi. Photo: Martin Kennealey

Mrs Wilson said community support had helped them achieve that progress through clients sharing their experience with other expectant mothers, and women did not need a referral to access their services.

“Midwives can order all blood tests and scans recommended during pregnancy,” she said.

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