Birthing unit offering more services
Tararua Health Group’s Maternity wing in the Dannevirke Community Hospital is expanding its services, with a full complement of five Lead Maternity Carers (LMCs) providing a 24/7 service.
With a four-day-on four-dayoff roster there are always two LMCs on duty, no matter the time of the day or night.
Last year the unit catered for 140 women giving birth, and with new clinics in Pahiatua and Norsewood the service is spreading its wings.
Having five LMCs means a pregnant mum can choose one to stay through the whole process from pre to post-natal care, allowing the development of a relationship.
The unit provides for all varieties of birth — hospital, home and water with a new pool recently added.
It also works with the obstetricians who visit twice a month to deal with any complications which may occur.
The Dannevirke Hospital also provides scanning facilities and a laboratory for blood tests which other maternity units often do not have, and the unit is directly linked to doctors and nurses at Barraud Street Health Centre.
Dannevirke also allows fathers to stay over the first night in a specially equipped room with its own ensuite and double bed looking out on a walled garden and lawn.
Mums and future mums in the unit were complimentary about the service the unit provides.
Jonina Read, pregnant with her sixth child, said all her children had been born there and it was a very friendly and supportive place.
This was echoed by trainee midwife Krystle Hetariki, in the first of her three-year course through Otago Polytechnic.
So far she has teamed up with a midwife to experience the job and says many of her colleagues on her course are envious of her placement in Dannevirke.
The unit also benefits from locals’ generosity, with a donation of woollen knitwear — caps, blankets and jackets — which new mums are happy to have.
Midwifery Leader Linda Shannon says the service is all about relationships.
Trainee mid-wife Krystle Hetariki and Midwifery Leader Linda Shannon with the new birthing pool at Dannevirke Community Hospital.
Jonina Read holds 13-month-old Essance Read-Berge who was born at the Maternity Unit.
The room set aside with a double bed so couples can be with the baby on the first night.