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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
Visit www.perthpregnancycentre.com.au for more information.