Midwifery group for Mossman
A new midwifery group practice (MGP) officially opens in Mossman, to coincide with the International Day of the Midwife, today (May 5).
The new service employs two full-time midwives, with a third due to be recruited soon.
Angie Swift, clinical midwife consultant at Mossman Hospital, said: “Women choosing MGP for their care have a named midwife to support them and coordinate their care throughout pregnancy, birth, and in the first weeks after their baby is born.
“The midwives work as a team, so there is always someone on call 24 hours a day for advice and to attend births. The women get to meet all the midwives during their pregnancy.”
All birthing is at Cairns Hospital, with a group practice midwife there to care for new mums.
The MGP midwives are the main care providers to women whose pregnancies remain healthy and uncomplicated.
When a pregnancy becomes more complex, care is provided in partnership with other healthcare providers at Mossman and Cairns hospitals.
When labour starts, women call their midwife who will meet them at Cairns Hospital.
If the pregnancy is uncomplicated, mums can choose to give birth in the new Birth Centre at Cairns Hospital.
After returning home, midwives will visit mums and babies at home or in the community for the first four to six weeks.
“Knowing your midwife gives you confidence and supports your choices for pregnancy and birth,” Angie Swift said. “You are more likely to have a normal birth, have a positive birth experience, and breastfeed successfully.”
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