Birthing unit of­fer­ing more ser­vices

Bush Telegraph - - FOCUS ON DANNEVIRKE - By DAVE MUR­DOCH

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.

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