Royal Brisbane Hospital Offers Private Midwives
PRIVATE midwife numbers are expected to increase at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital following the launch of a new model of maternity care.
The model, a first for Brisbane, will provide women with the option to be cared for by their chosen midwife throughout labour and birth, in addition to receiving antenatal and postnatal care.
Clinical midwife Libby Ryan said the hospital would be seeking expressions of interest to boost their current eight Eligible Private Practice Midwives (EPPMs), as they expected the new model to become more popular.
“There are growing numbers of midwives attracted to this model of care,” she said.
“It’s so rewarding working with the family the whole way through (the pregnancy and birth).”
Helen Saggers, the first mother to give birth under the new model, said it was more relaxing than her first pregnancy, as it allowed her and fiancee Doug Raisin to establish rapport with their chosen midwife, Michelle Devenish.
“The first time (I gave birth) I had midwives I had never met before,” she said.
“This time I knew Michelle six months prior.
“It was way less stressful…giving birth you really need to focus on it.”
Health Minister Cameron Dick said he planned to talk with other midwifery groups and hospital leaders about whether the new care model could be expanded to other hospitals.
“This is a model of consumer focused care where women who want to have a birthing journey with a midwife can have that journey with a midwife,” he said.
“I think it’s providing (women) with choice, which is an important thing.”
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