Health team helps de­liver best out­come

The Advocate (Perth) - - LET'S EAT -

Me­gan Smith with her part­ner Noel Clinch and baby Tate Clinch at St John of God Mid­land Pub­lic Hospi­tal. THE birth of Me­gan Smith’s first child at St John of God Mid­land Pub­lic Hospi­tal dou­bled as a mini-med­i­cal mile­stone.

The Caver­sham res­i­dent be­came the 80th pa­tient to be re­ferred to Moort Bood­jari Mia since St John of God Health Care took over the hospi­tal-based ser­vice in July 2016.

Moort Bood­jari Mia means ‘fam­ily preg­nancy house’ in Noon­gar and is a ma­ter­nity sup­port pro­gram for fam­i­lies hav­ing a baby with ei­ther par­ent or both iden­ti­fy­ing as Abo­rig­i­nal.

Ms Smith said she was grate­ful.

“The staff were amaz­ing and I highly rec­om­mend the ser­vice to oth­ers,” she said.

“The staff were ex­tremely flex­i­ble with ap­point­ments and even picked me up when I was not well enough to drive.

“It is ex­tremely con­ve­nient that they are based at the hospi­tal and it proved very help­ful dur­ing my preg­nancy.”

Hospi­tal Abo­rig­i­nal health di­rec­tor Chris­tine Clinch said their goal was to help women stay healthy dur­ing preg­nancy and give their ba­bies the best pos­si­ble start in life by pro­vid­ing sup­port in the lead-up to the birth and up to four weeks af­ter.

“The ser­vice pro­vides holis­tic care and cul­tural se­cu­rity, which is cru­cial to its suc­cess,” she said.

“As well as preg­nancy sup­port, it also helps clients that are fac­ing other is­sues so they can bet­ter fo­cus on their new ar­rival.

“Some of the ways they do this is by yarn­ing with them one-on-one, pro­vid­ing trans­port to ap­point­ments and hav­ing the flex­i­bil­ity to meet with them in their homes.

“Ev­ery woman who ac­cesses the ser­vice is pro­vided care by a team of clin­i­cians, in­clud­ing a mid­wife, Abo­rig­i­nal health li­ai­son of­fi­cer and Abo­rig­i­nal li­ai­son grand­mother.”

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