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Gladstone birthing service celebrates 5th birthday

14 March 2018

A group of mums, bubs and midwives celebrated the fifth birthday of Gladstone Hospital’s Midwifery Group Practice (MGP) today.

Alana Coates is 36 weeks pregnant and she joined the birthday celebrations with her threeyear-old son William, who is one of almost 700 children born in Gladstone under the model of care.

Midwife Missy Megaw was with Alana for Will’s birth, and they remember each other well, having built up a strong rapport during Alana’s first pregnancy.

The midwife-led service means a pregnant woman sees one primary midwife throughout her pregnancy, birth and afterwards.

Alana is a fan of the service because everything is much easier to deal with when there is a relationship between the woman and her midwife.

Missy says the relationship formed between a midwife and woman is very important and leads to better outcomes and fewer complications in birth.

“It’s almost a friendship you develop with these women and their whole family,” she said. “I can give better support to someone when we’ve had conversations all the way through the pregnancy; it becomes all about tailoring the care to them, what they want and need.”

Midwifery Unit Manager Sharon Graham said the practice was very popular, with both women and midwives.

“Demand for the service has meant it has grown from a single midwife back in 2013, to six full-time equivalent midwives in a tight-knit team today.

“At the start the service was only for low-risk pregnancies, but that too has now been expanded and it’s available for women of all risk levels.

“It’s wonderful to see we have mums coming back for a second and even third pregnancy using Midwifery Group Practice,” she said.

Last updated: 30 August 2018

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