Mid­wifery group for Moss­man

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.”

Do you have a news tip? Con­tact Edi­tor Shane Ni­chols on 4099 8555 or shane. ni­chols@ news. com. au

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